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10A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, Income Tax Facts For You When preparing your 1989 an- nual personal income tax returns, did you find yourself having to write a sizeable check to the State? If so, you may wish to carefully review the amount of State tax withheld (usu- ally by your employer) or the level of your quarterly installment payments of estimated tax to the State. If your withholdings or estimated tax pay- ments fail to meet one of three "safety zones," you are subject to a monetary penalty as provided by State taw. You can avoid the cost and ag- gravation of this penalty next year if you make necessary adjustments to your withholding or estimated pay- ments now. Your adjustments should be geared to any one of the following three safety zones: 1. If the correct balance due shown on your timely filed return next year is less than $200 or if your return correctly shows a refund due, then you meet the first safety zone and you are not subject to the pen- alty. 2 If the correct balance due on your timely filed return next year is tess than 10 per cent of your entire liability for the year (before allow- ance for credits for withholding and estimated tax payments), then you meet the second safety zone and you are not subject to the penalty. 3. If your total withholding and estimated tax payments for 1990 equal or exceed your 1989 tax liabil- ity, then you may meet the third safety zone and you are not subject to the penalty. To use this third safety zone, you must have filed a full-year (12 months) return the pre- vious year, and if you file a joint re- turn, you must have filed a joint re- turn for the previous year. The earlier you make an adjust- ment in your withholding or in your estimated tax payments, the better chance you will have in falling within the safety zones. Form IT-210 may be used to de- termine whether you fit within a safety zone to avoid the penalty. You may obtain this form by calling the Taxpayer Services Division automated form ordering system at (304) 344-2068 or toll-free within West Virginia at 1-800-422-2075. You may also write to P, O. Box 3784, Charleston 25337. The Garden Patch Leslie Price Shaver After the long days of ice and cold and gray this winter, the two days we had this week of blue skies and warm temperatures made our hearts rise even though we knew it would be brief. My sons shot basket- ball in their shorts, the horses whin- nied, and I picked up a trashbag of debris lying around the yard. It felt healing to be out of doors. Reaching down to pick up a stick, I spotted a bright dandelion. There it was in full bloom in the heart of win- ter. Only this one yellow flower in the whole yard -- it had no compan- ions. I picked its short stem and brought it with me into the house. I filled a salt shaker half-full with tap water and plopped in my single stemmed dandelion. It pleased me no end, smelling like damp, faintly sweet earth with a hint of citrus, soft as kitten fur. It foretold the spring; it mimicked the sun. I thought about what a negative response dandelions usually pro- voke. My mother is obsessive about them. Armed with a kitchen knife and a paper sack, she screws them out of her yard as soon as they ap- pear. She gets a wild look in her eyes while she's doing this, as if she takes a sadistic pleasure in their de- struction. My neighbor, on the other hand, prefers chemical warfare. He spreads weedkiller every spring be- fore the dandelions have a chance. Great clouds of yellow-green pow- der swirl around his head. He ties a red bandana around his nose and mouth, locks his jaw in grim determi- nation, and looks forward to a spot- less green lawn. I've never known what all the fuss was about. The dandelions are only around for a month or two; and. if you mow your grass frequently, you'll hardly know they're there. But what's the furor about? Why does everyone hate these simple, fuzzy flowers so much that they are willing to spend time and money on them? Maybe we need to get to know them better. Supposedly, the dande- lion gets its name from the French "dent de lion," which means "lion's tooth." Actually modern French people refer to it as "pissenlit," which means "wet-the-bed." Obviously, they are not too fond of the weed. Russian farmers cultivate dande- lions, however, and sell the leaves as delicacies at their open-air mar- kets. Many Europeans add them to their salads, enjoying the switch from regular lettuce as we might change to spinach salad. In fact, all parts of the dandelion are useful. The white sap that drips from a picked stem contains latex that can be used in the manufacture of rub- ber. The heads can be fried or mixed in an omelet. There are vari- ous recipes for teas and wines and home remedies. Its root has been boiled and used as a substitute for coffee during lean times. The leaves are full of vitamin A and provide a fine spring tonic. Can I convince you worry-warts out there to relax about this benefi- cial, mistreated little weed? Make a bright yellow dandelion chain to wear around your neck. Make up games blowing away the puffy white seedhead that's left after the bloom. He loves me, he loves me not. Watch the bees gather nectar from the shaggy blooms. Observe little children bringing them to their moth- ers in a tight, wet palm. Children think they are golden as sunshine and just as wonderful. Mow them down if you have to, but try to find a little gratitude for this humble friend. 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