Once your kids work hard to collect all the candy they can get have them lay it out on the table. First take 15% for Federals Income Taxes (average what people pay Second take 10% for Payroll Taxes (little more than it is, but use round number to make it easy) Take another 5% for State Income Taxes (IL flat tax - One of higher on middle class in nation) Take another 15% for capital gains taxes Take another 10% for sale tax (IL Cook County Sales Tax) Take another 10% for the gift tax (I picked a number ) My kids get to keep only 35% of what they collected. The I take 50% of all the candy collected and immediately toss it into the garbage. Give another 25% to the poor kids next door who decided they didn't want to trick or treat and they rather get just a little from the government, but not have to do anything for it. The rest of the 25% goes to other programs. Now we are tapped out. So I go to Shinto's Candy Store and get a boat of candy loan on credit in order to take care of the othre programs! Just kidding, I wouldn't do to my kids what the government does to us!