Bourke Accounting professionals are practical and they are ethical. If you forget to include some extra income, your Bourke Accounting tax preparer will quietly fix the problem; they won’t report you to the IRS for attempted tax fraud. While I consider myself a pretty ethical person, I wonder if maybe I’m just a touch too practical compared to my Bourke co-workers.

For example, earlier in May, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine earned about $2 million in less than a week from his newly released single, “Gooba” (Billboard.com). So, 6ix9ine decided to donate 10% of that to No Kid Hungry, a charity fighting childhood hunger (Billboard.com). That’s right, this weird little facially tattooed guy was willing to give $200,000 to make sure that, even during the pandemic, kids would be able to eat. Let’s say the average cost of a Kraft Lunchables is about $1.48 (not the best food choice, I know). That means that $200,000 would provide about 135,135 kids with at least one meal.

However, Laura Washburn (No Kid Hungry’s director of strategic communications), said “thanks, but no thanks.” While she announced that the charity was grateful for the offer, she said that it is the policy of No Kid Hungry to “decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values” (Billboard.com). Tekashi 6ix9ine is not a good, law-abiding citizen. He has been trouble in the law for a vast host of reasons – assault, weapons charges, racketeering and even something to do with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18. He is no one’s role model, he is a criminal.

I wonder though, does a hungry child care if the hands that are providing clean food are dirty?

Another example of denied charity happened in Pennsylvania last July. Hundreds of parents received letters from the Wyoming Valley West School district regarding unpaid school lunch debts that amounted to $22,000 (CNN.com). The letters threatened parents that the district might be forced to report them to Child Protective Services and, most likely, the children would end up in foster care” (CNN.com). Todd Carmichael, co-founder and CEO of locally based La Colombe Coffee, offered to pay the entire debt (CNN.com). However, the school board president, Joseph Mazur, said no, citing that “the parents who owe the money can afford to pay it” (MSN.com). Mazur simply stated that it wasn’t Carmichael’s responsibility. Thankfully, the backlash from this refusal made the papers and the board finally relented and allowed Carmichael to carry on with his good deed.

Some people complain that, if parents can’t afford children, they shouldn’t have children. That’s a fair argument, Captain Hindsight, but, what is your suggestion for the kids who are already here? Children won’t understand that, because their parents aren’t good at budgeting, they don’t get to eat today. Honestly, these kids are going to be our doctors and attorneys – have you ever tried concentrating when you’re really hungry? As Americans, yeah, sorry, it’s our responsibility to protect our most vulnerable citizens.

Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers are practical and ethical. Bourke Accounting won’t engage in fraud with you, but they will definitely protect you to the best of their abilities if you find yourself in a sticky situation. And really, since our Bourke Accounting experts are so talented, they can offer you – legal – advice to help you throughout all of your financial journeys.

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!

Written by Sue H.