Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Taking down the little man

Two great examples of the State saving us by taking down the little man only trying to do some good:

The agents informed the Wetzels that they were interested in their car, a 1986 Volkswagen Golf, that David Wetzel converted to run primarily from vegetable oil but also partly on diesel.

Wetzel uses recycled vegetable oil, which he picks up weekly from an organization that uses it for frying food at its dining facility.

"They told me I am required to have a license and am obligated to pay a motor fuel tax," David Wetzel recalled. "Mr. May also told me the tax would be retroactive."

Since the initial visit by the agents on Jan. 4, the Wetzels have been involved in a struggle with the Illinois Department of Revenue. The couple, who live on a fixed budget, have been asked to post a $2,500 bond and threatened with felony charges.

Since 1992, when Goodridge bought his first Subway restaurant, he has allowed his employees a free meal of a sandwich, chips and a drink every shift they work.

"A $5 meal on a daily basis really helps them out a lot," he told News 8.

However, it turned out all that goodwill was taxable.

During a routine audit last month, Maine Revenue Services informed Goodridge that all those free meals at his 12 stores are subject to the state's use tax.

Goodridge said he couldn't believe it.

"I throw away bread every day that we don't use, and I don't pay tax on that," he said. "But if I give it to my employees, I have to pay a use tax on that. It just doesn't make sense."

Goodridge now must pay $2,500 in back taxes, interest and penalties for three years' worth of free meals.

Praise the State!


David_Z said...

Goodrich had to pay the tax? That's the goddamn stupidest thing I've ever heard, stupider even than the "use tax" itself, which permits Michigan (my filing state) to levy a tax against me, for a snowboard I bought from a company in Colorado - because I'll use it in Michigan.

This defies even the Statists' supposed justification for sales taxes - to finance the government which provides society with much needed public goods - yet Neversummer snowboard company does not benefit from Michigan's judiciary, police, public works or thoroughfares. Of all taxes, the "use" tax is perhaps the most specious, because its revenues cannot even pretend to be linked to a budgetary line item.

But forcing the vendor to pay the tax which statute generally ascribes to the vendee - that's as asinine as it gets.

Aaron Kinney said...

How dare these bastards try to steal from the state and avoid paying their fair share! That money rightly belongs to the state!