A very nicely done little article

Not about any grand issue. Not screeching about this or that. Just a rather well done little piece about summat.

Yeah, I know, much more fun to find the bad ones but still. Worth pointing to this.

14 thoughts on “A very nicely done little article”

  1. Because the toilet rolls have more useful, worthwhile non-Marxist articles on them (even more so after use) than the Guardian.

  2. If you are a Guardian reader, why do you need a lifetime supply of toilet paper?

    If you’ve ever had to wipe your arse on newspaper because you’re in a public toilet with no roll then you’ll know that its hard and not very absorbent.

    Plus the guy was in the US at the time, so probably not a Grauniad reader.

    Is HMRC going to contact these people?

    Unlikely, since two of them are US residents (toilet paper guy and milk kid) and the rest were winners of competitions which are tax free. The rationale being that if you tax winnings you would also have to provide tax allowances for losses and there are generally more losers than winners.

    I actually liked the story of the toilet paper guy. Genuinely funny.

  3. Those winnings are likely to be taxable in the US. Casino and lottery winnings are subject to withholding by the payer.

  4. @ rhoda klapp
    So the toilet paper received is after deduction of tax …
    I willingly believe that some lawyer in the USA has calculated the tax due on the grossed-up for tax amount equal to 400 net rolls of toilet paper, but your post implies that the tax is due by the payer.

  5. My wife was promised a free lifetime supply of Private Eye. And after forty years or so the bastards just cut it off. Effing lefties.

  6. @John Galt February 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    The rationale being that if you tax winnings you would also have to provide tax allowances for losses and there are generally more losers than winners.

    Like taxing interest received and tax relief on interest paid?

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  8. Giving away a lifetime supply of anything seems like a poor commercial decision. There’s lots of buzz up front, but forty years down the line you’re still paying for something that the marketing department thought would be a jolly good laugh a long time ago.

  9. dearieme: My wife was promised a free lifetime supply of Private Eye. And after forty years or so the bastards just cut it off. Effing lefties.

    Perhaps they thought she’d suffered enough. PE was good under Richard Ingrams but that’s a long time ago now.

  10. John77, no, the payer (in the event of a monetary prize), the casino or lottery company, will withhold a percentage which varies by state to cover federal and state liability. If you are lucky enough to go to the US and win one of the multi-million dollar lotteries they will withhold in the region of 30%, and you’ll probably have to go to law to get it, and you’ll probably lose. The IRS have lots of lawyers.

    Whether that applies to toilet rolls I can’t say. Probably the payer will report a tax liability and the IRS will expect you to pay it. In dollars, not TP.

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