Of course they should 'catch a break' for the milestones of adulthood
not achieved. They're the catch a break generation. They haven't
achieved adulthood milestones, because those milestones are hard to achieve. Or
at least exist outside a basement. Should they claim a dependent deduction? I
hope not; they haven't figured out the cel phone bill yet. In my practical
experience, it's still something of an achievement to get them out of bed.
So it's not surprising they shouldn't worry about tax time. They
haven't showed up to work enough to set earnings up to the point where
taxes are an issue. When I hire a kid, it's at far more than average pay.
But it's long, hard hours, requiring dedication, ambition, travel,
intuition, and personal responsibility, as well as knowledge and problem solving
skills. They almost all wash out. Usually via text, from their basement beds.
Today I celebrate as a millennial my one year anniversary at my current
position—a job that is extremely demanding. This after years of
underemployment due to the constraints of the long-broken economy (I possess no
less than a Master’s degree and yet have had real struggles finding
adequate employment. I currently have almost no retirement money saved despite
going without many things that older generations take for granted, like internet
access at home, for starters). Then I come on here and read the
comment above from Hutterite. Dear older people, think twice before
you claim to understand what my generation has gone through.