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Having expanded her business in the past year, Rarity decides to prepare her own Equestrian tax form for the first time. Her sister observes as the two discuss names, tax terms, and which town may not be ready for Rarity's 4th boutique.

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This entire story is why I do not do my own taxes.


This story was gold. You got Rarity and Sweetie nailed down pat. :twilightsmile:

This is the first story that I've actually, well, read on here in quite some time. The premise caught my eye, so I decided to check it out.

I'm glad I did. Rarity and Sweetie Belle bounced off of one another very well. I especially liked how Sweetie Belle inadvertently helped Rarity many times with her taxes despite not knowing anything about them, just by simply asking questions. It was funny to see how Rarity still viewed her as a bit of a nuisance despite the fact that Sweetie saved her bacon more than once during the process. They both felt very in-character.

There are a couple of things I want to mention, though. Firstly, I noticed that your story started with one of those "it was a dark and stormy night" kind of beginnings, where the weather report is given more or less in the first line of the story. That is a major turn-off for just about any story, and I will not lie, it took me a bit to decide that I wanted to read the rest of it. I'm very glad I did, but there are many stories that are not so good that have very similar "weather report" starts to them.

And secondly, though this doesn't really have anything to do with the story... you really need to get some cover art for the thumbnail for this story. It doesn't have to be fancy, made in Photoshop or commissioned from an artist, but just something to grab the eye. A vector of one of the characters, a picture of Rarity looking exasperated, etc. will do wonders to get more people to notice your story and get it the recognition and viewership it deserves.

Thanks for writing this one. I really enjoyed it. Best of luck with your taxes, good fellow!

8042136 First off, let me say that your comments are easily the highest praise I've received for any work I've contributed to this site (so far). For that, you have my deepest thanks.

I will admit that the part of the Fic I liked the least, by far, was my decision on naming the 'chapter' of the Fic. And yeah, I probably could have just cut off that first sentence and lose nothing. Something to keep in mind for the future.

As for cover art, I'll be honest: I have no real idea where to begin when it comes to finding artwork. Are there particular places with appropriate pics that I can use? I could use some advice in that regards; after a dozen Fics, I would like to finally put some covers on 'em.

Thx again (to you and all others) for reading!

While a good little fic. There's one thing here that did annoy me.

And that was the last name bit (Flanks-Crumble) mostly since it was not even a few paragraphs later made unneeded and redundant (what with the "do you think there is another Rarity / Twilight Sparkle" bit.). Mostly since in Equestria ponies with one or even two word names are common, and other than ponies with a tradition of adding their names to their progeny (usually earth ponies). There are no last, nor middle names in Equestria (there are only 4 cannon ponies with three word names (Ignacious Rock Pie, Diamond Dazzle Tiara, Pinkmena Diane Pie, and Mi Amore Cadenza).

So Rarity, being just Rarity is not just canon, but makes sense in the whole naming convention of ponies. As well as makes the following stream of questions Sweets asks Rares of others sharing names of ponies they know more impactful / amusing (people tacking on last or middle names onto ponies is a pet peeve of mine. Sorry XD. Especially for when it's not really needed.).

That little rant aside. I can see this being an actual thing on the show, or even Rarity herself going through this problem. And that adds onto the humor of it all. So all in all. This was a good little fic. You're getting a fav and an upvote.

Back in the 1990s I read that if every person on Earth was a CPA or bookkeeper, the IRS still couldn't handle everyone's taxes without computers -just not enough man hours of labor available. The situation has no doubt only gotten worse since then.

Since EQ doesn't have computers, the tax situation must be simpler

"Taxman" by the Beatles

Ah yes, the great Equestrian Tax Department. Run by D.S Chord and Associates. :twilightoops:


As for cover art, I'll be honest: I have no real idea where to begin when it comes to finding artwork. Are there particular places with appropriate pics that I can use?

Honestly, I just use Google Images most of the time. :twilightsheepish: Usually, I just provide a source link to the image and credit whatever artist made the image in the story's description. DeviantArt and Derpibooru are also good places to search for images that you could use.

And you are very welcome, man. It was a good story.

Trixie use's ufile to do hers

Well better late than never, I suppose. (It helps to live with an incredible artist!)

You know, 'weather report' openings don't bother me so long as they're short. It was literally one sentence, and it led into the next. The chapter title... meh. Honestly just calling it something like "Chapter 1: Section 4Z3S2" or something would probably have worked better. 'Course there is only one chapter so maybe drop the first part of that.

WRT last and/or middle names: I don't know that it's too much of a stretch to assume that, at least, Earth ponies have family or clan names commonly. Whether the other races do is up in the air, I suppose. We've rarely had situations in the show where formal names are merited. All I can think of is "A Canterlot Wedding", and they conveniently avoided giving Shining Armor's name in a formal context, so we don't know if he and Twilight have a common last name or not (actually, since he married into royalty, he'd presumably take Cadence's last name if "Mi Amore" is a family name of some sort). Thus we're left with the Earth pony families/clans.

*ahem* Anyway, highly amusing. Thankfully, my taxes are generally pretty simple. The fact that I have yet to exceed the standard deduction helps, as do computer programs.


Actually when it comes to ponies. We do know how their names work.

In that we have both the CCG Card list featuring Canon Names. And we have List of Canon Pony Names.

There really is no Last or Middle Names for all ponies. Some ponies carry a shared thematic naming scheme (Such as if you look at the Apple Family, 99% of them have either the word Apple in their name, or are named after an apple (Braeburn / Big MkIntosh) with Hayseed Turnip Truck being the odd ball of the Apple Family). or Twilight Velvet and Twilight Sparkle (with Shining Armor and Nightlight not sharing a thematic naming scheme. Or even the Shy Family with Zephyr Breeze not having Shy in the name. (Only two families use a shared 'name' the Pies (but not for the mother ... and they are odd balls), and the Cakes. Diamond Dazzle Tiara doesn't share a thematic name with her father nor her mother's original name.).

But there are hundreds of one or two word named ponies (with a small hooful of three named ponies). And there is no last names, nor middle names. And it is also wrong to say that Shining Armor wasn't introduced formally. Just like Nightlight's name is Nightlight. Shining Armor's name is Shining Armor (a play on the word 'Knight in Shining Armor.' Which is also a play on his CM / Special Talent (protection / shield cantrips)).

But we see tons of unicorns and pegasi families. But very few of them share a thematic naming scheme. And even then it's not shared by all members of that family.

8070630 CCG is second-tier canon at best and that list you linked is a fan wiki. I was trying to stick strictly to the show. Yes, to all intents and purposes, they don't have last names if for no other reason than the toys don't list them (and let us not forget the show's reason for existence is to sell toys... and now other merch). However, the writers of the show could, in principle, change their minds since it's never explicitly said that they don't. Consequently, I don't have a problem with fanfic writers supplying family names. Middle names for the pony versions are iffy, but for Equestria Girls it makes sense.

Regardless, I could have been a bit clearer. I tend to mean show-only unless I state otherwise, but I realize not everyone does.

Random side-note: We do know that ponies have the concept of middle names, since RD jokingly said her middle name was 'daring' at one point and 'professionalism' at another. I think Pinkie is the only one who really has a middle name in the sense of a seldom-used moniker that's still part of her legal name.


I think the middle name thing (such as "Pinkie 'Responsibility' Pie", and "Rainbow 'Danger' Dash) could have been picked up from a different race. Or it could be the writer's simply throwing in the joke 'my name is (or 'or my name isn't) 'First name '(ad)verb / adjective' Last name'. ). Other than that, yeah there are a few three named ponies (Igneous Rock Pie; Pinkamena Diane Pie (the only pony to have a human word in there. But she's an exception ... and the writer's being tards on that); Mi Amore Cadenza; Hayseed Turnip Truck; and Diamond Dazzle Tiara).

So yeah. A pony having a technical 'middle name' could be a thing. But not all ponies have them, and it usually follows a thematic approach to things. As for the last name bit. Again, on the show it's not really a thing. I mean it's common for Earth Ponies to have a solid theme, with a word in their name (such as the Apple's), but using the Sweet Apple Acre's family name as an example. Granny Smith (a type of Apple) isn't Granny Smith Apple; and Apple Bloom isn't Apple Bloom Apple. Rather all of the Apple Family (minus Turnip Truck Hayseed) follow an Apple theme.). The Cake's follow a Cake theme. Although the Rich's follow it loosely (with Diamond being the exception).

How I see it. The show uses names that follow a personality trait, attribute, predicted skill/ability, or even a favorite hobby. And some families use / follow family themes that not all ponies in that family fall into, but a majority do. Although Pinkie Pie ... a part of me thinks the whole Diane thing was thrown in there to highlight how different she is from everypony else by the writers (seeing as she has powers and abilities that defy logic, rationality, the laws of reality, and / or pony norms.). (although the CCG does use the show for it's cards. And does follow what the names are in the show. So that's why I consider it canon. Since it uses canon for it's stuff.).

8071176 Forgot about the 'responsibility' one.

You missed one thing: Granny Smith calls her parents and her the "Smith Family". Apparently, she's the equivalent of their maternal grandmother. Actually, since pony society is mostly matriarchal, it's likely she's their paternal grandmother.

The Pie family is an odd outlier. Given they're shown as being like certain religious groups (like the Amish), it's probable that they're following older traditions that most Earth Ponies have stopped using.

Of course all of the rest of that is what's generally done: All I'm saying is that there's enough wiggle room that the writers could later claim they've always had family/last names later if they want, and consequently there's some wiggle room for fanfic writers.

WRT the CCG, that's true for the most part, but they have occasionally made up names (Kevin comes to mind) or quotes that are not from the show and thus not necessarily canon. Anything they take from the show, the show (and/or scripts for it or toys from it) is the actual source of canon.

I don't know how this ran on so long: my only point was I don't feel like an author adding last/family names should automatically count against a story. Same with starting with a 'weather report', though no one invited discussion on that one.


I was going to bring that up, and yes they were "The Smith Family" hundreds of years ago (in Winter Wrap Up, their traditions have been going on for hundreds of years. According to Applejack.) But changed it to "The Apple's" once they started Sweet Apple Acres. Now there are probably off shoots of the Smith's.

But much like Spoiled B***h taking on the name Spoiled Rich. They probably changed their name to reflect their new name sake / the gift given to them by Celestia.

But those names aren't last one's (last mean's the shared name comes at the end. Where as thematic shared names pop up where ever it's appropriate). Rather are Thematic Ones (other than one pony. All Apple's have Apple theme'd names. Which Granny Smith just happened to luck into being named after (as well as the one who discovered the magical apple's that made them famous.)). Yeah some themeatic names work at the end. Like the Pie's or the Cake's. But then you have Twilight's family who has Twilight Sparkle and Twilight Velvet. Or the Rich's with Stinking Rich, Filthy Rich, and Spoiled Rich. Where not every pony in the family tree share's the theme.

Although you're right on the Amish Pie's. They seem to follow a really old religion, and are major outliers. As seen in being the only one's to Grow / Farm rocks. Even though they have a crystal mine nearby. Or their '"name" sense'. As well as well ... them giving birth to whatever it is Pinkie Pie is (other than adorable).

As for my dislike of Last Names. In all of the merch, in the show's name, etc. We're given names. Throwing a random word at the end; or even their thematic name at the end. Isn't their name (I gave example's with the Apple's above. Same would also include such example's as Diamond Dazzle Tiara (throwing in a Rich); or Zephyr Breeze (and throwing a Shy).

Middle names are even worse. Noone takes into account how important theme's are to pony names. Nor focusing on making it fit (Pinkie Pie is the exclusion not the rule). With name's that don't match the pony in question (like Rainbow Merriam Dash (or Rainbow Misery/Star of the Ocean Dash). That and they have name's. Sure the writer's could add more. But they won't. It'd mess with the branding / merchandise already out there. The name's they use are recognizable, easy to memorize, and sellable. They'd have no reason to change it now (7 years into it's production).

8071875 I'm a bit sloppy with my nomenclature, but family name is the last name in European traditions, but in some traditions it's put first. Thus when I said "last name" I meant "family name". I don't know that it necessarily follows that the Smith Family became the Apple Family wholesale: we don't know how they deal with family groups and marriages. You do present an interesting alternative to either a matriarchal or patriarchal position. Though at some point they seemed to just include all descendants of some couple, since the Oranges are considered part of the family despite not being in anything agriculturally related (as near as can be seen).

I have never seen those middle names, but they do not sound particularly good, no. All I'm saying is, the concept exists. Judging by the Pie family, the given-middle-family name sequence is probably an ancient Earth Pony custom that most don't follow anymore. Regardless, the potential is there, so I don't find it so obnoxious as to be an automatic mark against the story unless there is a particularly bad one like Mirriam which doesn't fit the character at all. In this case, it seemed loosely thematic with her parents (sort of? I can't remember their names right off actually). At the very least, it sounded pony-ish.

Eh, the writers could introduce family names for the non-Earth-ponies if they felt it was important, is all I'm saying. It's not especially likely since it hasn't been done, but you don't see Pinkie Pie marketed as Pinkamena Diane Pie, so I don't think toy marketing is necessarily an impediment.


Now family name (what I was talking about) and last names are different XD. But yes. We can agree on Family names, since that was what I was pointing out in my posts. Last name's are names that are inherited as the last name of a person (or in some cases hyphenated to join two last names (such as Wheeler-Schonemann)).

As for RD's parent's we are only told about her father. Rainbow Blaze. But yeah. In this stories case. Rarity is a single named pony. Where as her father, Hondo Flanks and her mother Cookie Crumble. Don't share a name. And Sweetie Belle's name is likewise not shared.

But yes. Ponies having a shared thematic name (family name) is something that's canon (albeit it's neither last nor first. Rather it's placed whereever it's thematically appropriate). Although there are family member's who don't follow the family naming themes (although those are as rare as 3 named ponies. At least where thematic naming convections are applied to families).

As for the Oranges. That can be chalked up to the fact that an Orange married AJ's/Big Mac's/AB's mother/father (whoever was the Apple). And Apple's seem to go to rather odd length's to who and what they'd consider family. So marrying an Apple, probably makes that pony / family practically Apple's in it's own right.

8071953 Ah, that's their names, and that's where the last name here came from. I thought it was from something like that.

WRT the Oranges: Ok, yeah, that's also possible. Your earlier comment got me thinking about a situation where the Earth Pony family names (Apple and Pie being the two examples) are inherited only partly by genetics and partly by profession. So, for instance, if Apple Bloom had children who decided not to be involved in the Apple business, then if this model were in effect, they would not be considered part of the 'Apple' family as the name would reflect profession as well as lineage. The Apples clearly don't do that. Perhaps the Pies do, or perhaps they keep family names for a different reason. In some insular communities (the one I am aware of is certain Hispanic communities in south Texas/Northern Mexico, though they're not so insular anymore), it is tradition to keep family names going back to grandparents as middle names in order to identify near-kin (and thus not marry them). I can't recall if it was an acquaintance or student who explained that to me, but at any rate that might be the reasoning behind the Pie family all keeping the name Pie: they're patterned after groups like the Amish who tend to be rather insular. This way, they can figure out if they're related to another person in their community and thus exclude them as a potential mate. We know they do have a 'choosing stone' ritual of some sort, but that could run either way. There could be a pool of potential candidates chosen from (which the family or the intended set), or it could be an individual or some sort of magic chooses a specific person.

A nice, funny story. The deserved comments about how well you captured the interactions between Rarity and Sweetie Belle have already been said; I don't really know what to add to it.

However, there are some errors:

“Not ‘gross’ as in … oft-putting.”

Misspelling. It's "off-putting".

The tax forms back in orderly fashion, she again pours through receipts while working the abacus.

Homophone error. The word you're looking for is "pores", not "pours".

Being the grammar-nazi that I can be, I took the liberty of fixing those typos. Thx for noticing.

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