Taking into account (no pun intended) that most Bushwickians remain blissfully unaware of what making money is thanks to their parents paying for everything, it’s probably too early to even start mentioning tax season. However, because of the egregious lack of awareness about what a W-2 is, The Burning Bush feels it necessary to heighten the average Bushwickian’s knowledgeability about this super special document.
After talking to local accountant Morty Menckiewicz, a 41-year-old who inherited the business from his father, The Burning Bush learned that, on average, he only sees about six clients per year from the Bushwick area. The rest he poaches from Ridgewood. Upon further investigation, The Burning Bush confirmed that, indeed, based on the number of people we talked to about W-2s–followed by a round of blank expressions–no one in Bushwick has any idea what it actually is.
“Isn’t it, you know, just to let the government know what you do for a living?,” asked local administrative assistant Brandon Nebulous. As one of the few office workers in Bushwick, Nebulous is also among the scant population of Bushwickians who have ever even seen a W-2. However, as gentrification continues to barrel through town by way of Williamsburg, it’s likely that Bushwickians are going to be met with far more office opportunities, ergo a need for greater consciousness about this mysterious wage reporting tool.
Written by Genna Rivieccio