By Al Schwartz | Bass Lake Poet Laureate and Beacon Correspondent
And the Master said
“Go forth, ye, and cut grass
and taxes with equal vigor.“
Ned Levelcut knows lawn mowers. Now, Levelcut, the owner of Ned Levelcut Lawn Mower and String Trimmer Repair, is taking a bite out of local tax returns as well.
Levelcut is calling his new venture Ned Levelcut Lawn Mower and String Trimmer Repair and Tax Return Preparation. It’s the fulfillment of a several months-long dream, Levelcut said.
“It’s the fulfillment of a several months-long dream,” Levecut said.
Levelcut opened the yard maintenance arm of his burgeoning empire nearly three years ago almost by accident when he fixed the lawn mower of a man who was mowing his way across the state for charity.
“It was a Troy-Bilt 21-inch walk-behind,” Levelcut said. “He mangled the spindle on a partially submerged sofa sleeper in the swamp reeds along Out-On-The-Highway Road near the old Smunson place. I happened to have a spare in my shed.”
Levelcut ended up doing the man’s taxes as well.
“He was so pleased with my repair work on his mower he asked me to file his 1040,” Levelcut said. “I was able to depreciate his mowing shoes and save him a bundle.”
The subsequent audit was scrapped after the man fell asleep at the wheel of a 42-inch rider and mowed into the path of an oncoming train. Levelcut took this bit of luck as a sign and honed his tax filing skills until they were as sharp as a really sharp lawn mower blade. He launched his new venture last week.
“Timing is everything,” Levelcut said.