** UPDATE **
Thank you to the 7,500+ people who signed this petition. I have been repeatedly advised that it was actually not necessary because there are no taxes on the money being given to Karen.
As one CPA wrote me: "As long as no single individual exceeds the yearly gift amount (around $12,000), there are no taxes. And even then, the donor pays the taxes, not Karen."
So this petition is unnecessary. I don't want to confuse people with misinformation, especially if there's a risk it might dissuade people from giving to Karen. So I am closing this petition.
Again, it turns out that it is not necessary. Karen's windfall is not going to be taxed. I didn't realize this when i started the petition, but now that it's clear, I am taking the petition down.
I just signed the following petition addressed to: President Barack Obama.
Waive the income tax on the donations to Karen "the bullied bus monitor"
Above is a video of a 68-year-old bus monitor named Karen Klein being viciously bullied to tears by a group of middle schoolers on their way home from Athena Middle School in Greece, New York. One thoughtful person who saw the verbal abuse Karen had to endure, and how graciously she handled it, wanted to do something nice to help her. He set up an online account where donors could contribute to a "vacation fund" for Karen, with a goal of $5,000.
In one day, the fund exceeded $100,000 in donations and is now considered to be a retirement fund. Many hope that Karen will be able to retire from her poorly-paid job as a bus monitor and never again have to face such horrible abuse at the hands of these monsters.
The purpose of this petition is to implore President Barack Obama to use his executive power to grant Karen Klein a waiver of all income taxes and any other federal taxes that would apply to the funds being donated to her through this fund. Many thousands of donors each gave small amounts of $1, $5, $10, or $20 (and many gave more, but the average donation was under $20), and those monies were meant for Karen. Not for the government. Make every single dollar count and give Karen the retirement she deserves.
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