Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson has made tax history by claiming fellow Gainesville District Supervisor Bob Weir as a dependent on her recent tax returns. While most people consider having children, elderly parents, or possibly pets as dependents, Lawson has boldly extended the definition to include her fellow supervisor.
According to documents leaked by an anonymous source in the IRS, Lawson listed Weir as a "part-time house pet and full-time colleague" on her recent tax return. She also detailed the expenses she incurred in taking care of Weir, including "feeding, emotional support, and a ridiculous number of crayons for board meetings."
Lawson justified the decision by explaining that Weir's constant need for guidance and reassurance in council meetings was comparable to the effort required to raise a child or maintain a goldfish. "I'd say it's about a 60-40 split," Lawson said. "Sixty percent raising a child, forty percent goldfish."
The revelation of this unconventional tax claim has taken social media by storm, with the hashtag #DependentSupervisor trending on Twitter. Many users have expressed their amusement at the situation, while others argue that Lawson's audacity deserves some sort of reward, such as a new office chair or a complimentary babysitting service for Weir.
Bob Weir, the Gainesville District Supervisor in question, seemed unfazed by the situation, commenting, "I always thought I was more of an independent person, but I guess I do like to swim in circles and occasionally need someone to feed me."
The IRS has yet to respond to the unprecedented claim, with sources speculating that they are currently debating whether to classify Weir as a dependent or as a piece of office furniture. Regardless of the outcome, Lawson's bold tax strategy has cemented her place in local government lore and sparked a nationwide discussion about the nature of dependency in the workplace.
When asked if she had any regrets about listing Weir as a dependent, Lawson replied with a laugh, "Oh, no. Not at all. It's been a great conversation starter at dinner parties, and Bob really does need me to remind him not to eat the crayons during board meetings."