August 27, 2010 12:00am CST
In 2009 2,732 restaurants were audited state-wide. That year, 646 restaurants were audited for bagel malfeasance in New York City alone. In 2010 that number jumped to 1,077. Most bakeries and shops that sell bagels were not even aware there was a tax for SLICING OR PUTTING ANYTHING ON BAGELS BEFORE GIVING THEM TO A CUSTOMER! Now, one fellow finds that although he has been audited four times prior to this year, the bagel tax was never brought up. Suddenly, this year, it is a major issue and he, since he didn't know there was such a thing is being charged for three years of bagel taxes - which will be thousands of dollars! I thought it was bad that we're getting charged 'sin' taxes, such as sweet treats and sugared soda pop, but being charged 8 cents per bagel when we buy it sliced instead of whole? That's huge! How many of you think our government should find something really constructive to do with their time instead of charging back taxes on bagel slicing tax evasion? If you live in New York, will you slice your own bagels from now on? How many realize that New York's taxes are getting so ridiculous that living there is something you would never consider unless forced to by your job?