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The Simple Tax Form IRS Suggests Fifth Grader Can Figure It By BILL NEQCIRK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is pushing a do-it-yourself movement among the nation's taxpayers in hopes that more will fill out their own returns this year. IRS officials say they expect a decline in the number of taxpayers who use professional accounting services to fill out their returns for them. Commissioner Johnnie M. Walters said he hopes at least 30 million people can fill out their own returns this year. IRS says there is no reason a taxpayer who earned under $20,000 a year, most of it in salaries and wages, should pay a company to fill out his return. "We have stressed the fact that it's simple enough," Walters said. "The instructions and the illustrated examples in the tax booklet make filling out a return simple." In a number of cases, the commissioner said, taxpayers who take the standard deduction have paid to get their return filed. He said the return is so simple that if a standard deduction is involved "your daughter in the fifth grade can fill it out this year." Walters cited the case of a Florida man who paid $85 to get his return filled out last year when the simple one-page Form 1040 was involved and the man took the standard deduction. The IRS has taken steps to. eliminate abuses graced to errors by professional tax pre­ parers. Walters said a number of sanctions are being considered against such companies, such as extending the negligence penalty to cover persons who prepared returns for money and requiring preparers to keep copies of all returns for at least three years. The IRS has put into effect this year a system allowing an automatic two - month extension of the April 17 filing deadline for taxpayers. Under this rule, a taxpayer must make a tentative estimate of the tax he owes, fill out an application for extension, and pay the estimated tax by the deadline. He can file his tax return two months later so long as he pays interest on any additional amounts due. If he has underestimated his tax bill by 10 per cent, he must pay an additional 6-per-cent penalty. Baloney Says Father of 7th Grader By JULES LOH AP Newsfeatures Writer OLD TAPPAN, N.J. (AP) The news from Washington was especially welcome. The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Johnnie M. Walters, on Wednesday announced: "The instructions and the illustrated examples in the tax booklet make filling out a return simple." Many years ago I learned to take that annual declaration with a grain aspirin. Then he added: "Your daughter in the fifth grade can fill it out this year." No kidding— Behold, I am the parent of a certified, $675 deductible daughter who is in, not the fifth, but the seventh grade. A graduate tax expert! "Maureen," I said, dragging her away from the TV and unplugging the record player, "put down your guitar and come here. It is time you looked seriously at life's realities." "Mom already told me about all that," she said. "No, no dear. I just, ha ha, want you to read this simple Draft Lottery Winner is Philosophical of 'Honor' By BERNARD COHEN Associated Press Writer Ted 0*Neil of Boston says he would much prefer to have been first in die Irish Sweepstakes instead of the draft lottery, but adds "it might turn out to be a pretty good experience." O'Neil and other men born March 6, 1953, will be the first ones drafted next year according to a sequence determined by the drawing of capsules in Washington. _W43dnejday. JEor^tbe.,.; nations fourth draft lottery. O'Neil and Robert J. King Jr. Viet Cong Demand PARIS (AP) - The Viet Cong demanded today that President Nguyen Van Thieu resign immediately as the first step toward formation of a coalition government for South Vietnam including the Communists. The Viet Cong also told the Paris peace talks that the United States should set a "specific terminal date" for withdrawal of all its "troops, advisers, military personnel, weapons and war materials" from South Vietnam. No Billboards DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Lt. Gov. Roger Jepsen says he has cancelled plans to use billboards in his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. His statement Tuesday came the day after former State Treasurer Paul Franzenburg— who seeks the Democratic nomination for governor—said essentially the same thing, citing visual pollution as his reason. of Minneapolis, also No. 1 in the lottery, both said they were worried that a hitch in the service could delay college plans. "I'm kind of glad that I don't have to worry about Vietnam or something like that," said King, a University of Minnesota freshman. "It's okay (to be drafted) but Pd rather not miss two years at the university now," he added. • Being-* drafted* twas -not* all right for Terry Holbrook,' 18, of Tulsa, Okla., who vowed he'ii go to jail before accepting the draft. "I'm not military minded," said Holbrook, who works in his father's firm and is also slated to be among the first to don a military uniform. "It wouldn't do me any good if I did go into the service. I'll probably take the conscientious objector status first, and if that doesn't work, I'll see how long the jail term will be." Informed that he was No. 1, William Shepard, also of Tulsa, said "of course I'm shocked because I really didn't think my number would be No. 1, but I'm not going to back away from my duty." Men born on March 7 are second in line for a callup next year and those with Aug. 3 birthdays are No. 3. The safest spots were for those born July 23 with No. 365 and Sept. 9, No. 364. Draft Director Curtis W. Tarr said the draft call for 1973 was not yet known. But he added that calls for the remainder of 1972 should be lower than those of recent years. None of the two million men involved in Wednesday's lottery will be drafted until 1973 and President Nixon has promised to try to end the draft by the middle of 1973 and replace it with all-volunteer armed forces. Young members of several state Selective Service Youth Advisory Commissions conducted the drawing in which blue capsules containing numbers were matched with red capsules containing dates. The atmosphere was relaxed .until thxe^-quarteBa,*of the. way through the drawing when No. 1 was drawn. The hand of fate that reached out to keep Virginia Tech freshman Jeff McCauley at the end of the draft turned out to be a brotherly one. Brian McCauley, Jeff's brother and chairman of the Virginia Selective Service Youth Advisory Commission, picked out April 15, Jeff's birthday, as No. 343. booklet and give your old dad a hand at completing this form." She turned to the section titled 'filing status' and beamed. "It says here," she said, "that 'a married individual may b? considered to be unmarried Ift . ..' Well," she grinned devilishly, "I know all about that, There's a couple on this soap opera I watch..." "Never mind. I want you to read this section under capital assets. 'The adjusted basis for determining gain from the sale is an amount which is in the same ratio to the adjusted basis as the amount realized is to the fair market value of the property.' Are you with me?" "Sure, dad. Anyhow, this couple, well this is her second husband and she's his third wife and even though they got married they never . . ." "I'm concerned about uncle Charley," I interrupted. "He can't see well enough to find the employment agency but it says here, on page 5, that I can't claim him as a dependent unless 'central visual acuity did not exceed 20-200 in the better eye with correcting lenses, or (b) that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.' How great an angle do you suppose Charley's visual field subtends?" "I was just going to tell you, dad. This couple was in an auto accident—not him and his wife, but him and his secretary, who is his wife's stepdaughter—and he became not only partially blind and couldn't see but he also couldn't..." "Forget it. Do you know how to figure 19 per cent of $2,594?" "... couldn't figure out his income tax. Do you know what he did? He asked his daughter—actually not his daughter, although he thinks it's his daughter ..." May Purchase Denison College DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)The Iowa Senate has received a bill to require the State Board of Regents to purchase. the campus of the defunct Midwestern College in Denison and the school's administrative and lecture building. The bill would appropriate $100,000 to the regents to make the purchase. The regents would be required to rent the facility to Western Iowa Tech for $1 per year until the General Assembly provides for its use as a branch state university. t of . i i J j ~ ..oines, Iowa 50316 1-7 J AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 86 Esthervillt, Iowa, 51334, Tkirsday, Fsbraary 3, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Now to House Teen Rights Okayed DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowans would be able to sign contracts, marry without parents consent, sue and be sued at the age of 18 under a bill passed 42-8 by the Iowa Senate Wednesday. But they could not legally purchase, possess or consume beer or liquor until they reached 19. The bill, granting majority rights to 18-, 19-and 20-year- olds, passed the House 90-4 Jan. 13. But the House had left the drinking age at 18. The measure now will be returned to the House for concurrence or rejection of the 19- year-old drinking amendment and other amendments tacked on by the upper chamber. The Senate debated the majority rights bill for more than six hours before passing the measure late Wednesday afternoon. Almost half that time was spent in debating legal drinking age. Some 21 senators spoke on the amendment to change the age to 19 while only three spoke on the majority rights bill as a whole. Before the 19-year-old age was set on drinking, the Senate debated three other amendments. One would have lowered the present age to 20, one would have left it at 21 and the third would have raised it to 43. ^The amendments tor.. 20 and were overwhelmingly defeated. Sen. Minnette Doderer, D-Iowa City, principal sponsor of the amendment raising minimum age to 43, withdrew her amendment after saying she had hoped it "might strike peace between supporters of 18 and 19." Proponents of the amendment to change the drinking age to 19 which passed 34-16, argued that 70 per cent of the 18-year- olds in Iowa are still in high school. "I think the average 18-year- old in high school could handle this responsibility," said Sen. Lucas DeKoster, R-Hull. "But I see that the average 18-year-old is in high school and in a position to make liquor available to youner persons." DeKoster said he did not believe the 18-year-old would be able to "resist the temptation to buy a six-pack and pass it around to the carload." Sen. James A. Potgeter, R- Steamboat Rock, accused the Senate of playing a "numbers game" in raising the age for drinking to 19. "An 18-year-old now can be mayor of a city, he can be a fulltlme working taxpayer, he can be the head of a household—but we haven't worried about it," Potgeter said. "We're giving higher precedence to drinking than voting." Sen. Charle Conklin, R-Waterloo, told the Senate that if they authorized drinking by 18-year- olds, there would be fewer using drugs. "It's so much easier now for an 18-year-old to buy controlled substances than alcohol," she said. Mrs. Conklin also said "I would so much rather my children begin drinking while they are still at home" than after they had started to college and had left home. Other;, amendments .adopted to the majority rights mil toy the Senate included one to, in some cases, extend the jurisdiction of juvenile courts to age 19. "Just as at present, once children reach the age of 18 they will be responsible for criminal acts the same as adults," Sen. Lee Gaudineer, D- Des Moines, said. But he noted that under present laws, a person under 18 declared delinquent could be kept under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court until he reached 21. The majority rights bill as passed by the House would have cut off juvenile court jurisdiction at 18. The amendment passed by the Senate would allow a juvenile court judge to order a minor judged delinquent to remain on probation under the juvenile court until age 19. Another amendment passed by the Senate would allow youths who are wards of the state— either in foster homes or a state children's home—to continue to receive state aid beyond the age of 18 until they had completed high school or vocational training. Sen. Quentin V. Anderson, R- Beaconsfield, opposed extending the aid beyond 18, saying "If you really mean adult rights for 18-then let's do it. If you're going to make exceptions for benefits— then they're not ready for rights." But DeKoster replied "We've got to encourage people at age 18 to continue their education until they can get and hold jobs." Also added was an amendment to allow judges to continue to require that divorced fathers, in some cases, support their children in college until age 22. Sen. Eugene M. Hill, D-Newton, opposed that amendment contending it had the effect of "requiring one adult to support another adult." Speaking on the bill as a whole, Sen. James Schaben, D- Dunlap, supported the measure, saying there were some provisions he did not like. "I don't think it hurts to go out on your own," Schaben said. "We forget that they grow up. Let's tell them we do place some great confidence in them (18-to 20-year-olds). Sen. Bass Van Gilst, D- Osakaloosa, spoke against the bill, complaining "we're not giving them majority rights, but majority responsibilities. I think we are doing things to them they, don't really want." Ray Still Favors Eighteen Version Solve Harvesting of Sun's Energy Governor Ray's Estherville Visit 11:00 a.m.~Arrives at Estherville Airport. 11:tO a.m.—Leave airport for Ice Skating Competition. 11:15 a.m.-ll:30 a.m.—Ice Skating Competition. 11:30" a,m.-ll:45 a.m. Trap Shooting Competition — Izaak Walton League. 11:45 a.m.-l2:45 p.m.—Lunch at Estherville Golf and Country Club. 12:45 p.m.-l;30 p.m.—Tour City and observe Snow Sculpturing. 1:30-1:45 p,m.-Meet with Ctty Officials on Official Decal. 1:45 p.m,— Fyee Time — Business Conference. $515 p,m,«3;4S, p.mu— Holiday Mountain - Ski Competition. 3?30 p.m.— Depart from Airport. Luncheon for Governor Ray aB guest of honor will beheld -at the Estherville Country Club, 11:45 a.m.-l2;45 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend. Among those who will greet the governor at the airport and take him to the luncheon will be Robert Knox, executive vice-president of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce, Barry Huntsinger of the Winter Sports Festival Committee, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stockdale, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Olney and Mrs. Robert Rice. Reservations for the luncheon may be made no later than Friday evening by calling the country club which will be open. Reservations may be also made with George Shadle or John McFadden, members of the Country Club house committee. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Two Arizona scientists say they believe they have solved a problem whose answer has long eluded man, an efficient way of tapping the boundless cost-free energy of the sun. With a $25,000 grant from interested utility companies, Dr. Aden B. Meinel of the University of Arizona and his wife Marjorie are building a device which will focus and trap sunlight The sunlight would be converted into heat which would be used to run conventional electrical generating stations. Such stations now get their heat from nuclear fission of fossil fuels such as coal. The heat converts water to steam, which turns turbines connected to generators. "This isn't a new electricity generating system. It's a new fuel source for generators that already exist," Mrs. Meinel told newsmen Wednesday after she and her husband outlined details of their new solar energy converter for American Physical Society members. The first device, which the Meinels call a "credibility model," is expected to be ready in about three months. It is about the size of a large table. The heart of the Meinels' converter is a stainless steel pipe on which microscopically thin films of molybedenum, cesium and magnesium compounds are deposited. They allow sunlight to pass through, but prevent much of the energy it contains from radiating back out. Special lenses concentrate the sunlight before it strikes the pipe, generating temperatures to 1,000 degrees. A gas or liquid flowing through the pipe carries off the heat for use at the power plant. The Meinels have a timetable that calls for construction of a demonstration plant within five years. The smallest such plant might cost $100 million and generate 25 million watts of power. Once the solar converters were built, there would be no cost for the heat they generated, the scientists said. There also would be no pollution, depletion of natural resources or danger of radiation, as exists with many present power plants. Each plant would cover an area about the size of a football field. Meinel said the cost of a demonstration plant might be 10 times as great as that of a conventional generating station producing as much power, but he predicted the cost would become competitive If enough units were built. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ~ Gov. Robert D. Ray said Thursday he hair-no-plans to meet individually with members of the Iowa House to urge them to oppose a Senate amendment to the majority rights bill, to set the drink age at 19. But Ray said he still favors the House version of the bill, which would give 18-year-olds full adult rights and privileges, including that of drinking. "If your're going to make young people responsible for their criminal acts and contracts, they should be responsible for their behavior," the governor said. Ray said that while in Washington Tuesday he met with the governors of Tennessee and Michigan, both states which granted full adult rights to 18- year-olds last year. He said both governors indicated the law, which also gives the youths the right to purchase and consume alcohol, has not created any problems. "1 don't favor drinking at 18, 19, 80 or any age," said Ray, a non-drinker himself. But he said he felt that when youths have the full responsibilities of adults, they should also have the privileges of adulthood. Of the bill itself, the governor said "I think this is a basic step in the right direction. We are recognizing the young people and making them responsible." The Forecast WARMER Wind Chill (8 a.m.) -46 Ski Conditions: Good to Excellent Warming Up for the Races One of the big attractions at the annual Estherville Winter Sports Festival is the USSA sanctioned snowmobile racing event held at a special half-mile track on the airport property. Registration for stock and modified machines will be between 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, with racing startingat noon. Here are just six of the boys who are rarin' to go in the big events. Standing in back, Gerald Johnson, and other drivers, from the left, are Pete Ring, Don Billings, Marlyn Fry, Jerry Dalen and Richard Paplow. (Daily News Photo by Chuck Ostheimer)

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