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Tag: More Taxes
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
The $460,000,000.00 fleecing of Michigan citizens.
Internet retailers that have a physical presence or affiliated companies in Michigan, such as Amazon.com, would have to collect sales taxes on purchases under legislative proposals debated Wednesday in a House committee.
The Republican response:
"These are not bills that constitute new taxes, rather they're measures that aid in (the collection of) taxes that are already owed," said state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.
Blow it out your ass, Rob. If you don't have the funds currently, it's a new tax. And, it's a nightmare of paperwork for business.
Rep. Jon Switalski, D-Warren, said the bill sponsors can't sugar coat the end result of taxing Internet purchases after years of Michigan consumers enjoying tax-free Web shopping.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Money grubbing, wallet pilfering Lansing, strikes again with the internet sales tax.
I mention before about the Governerd's scheme that Two Penny Jenny tried with raising taxes. Well, a mere 6 days after writing about it, there you have it. Lansing Nerdpublicans have resurrected the 2012 dead.
Pettalia, you're such a disgrace.
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Might shine under a new taxing authority.
Of course, its not as if there will be anyone to collect from except Obamaphone zombies.
The City of Detroit for its part must give up a portion of its taxes to guarantee the authority debt. A new authority of course means new high paying jobs for all manner of unqualified cronies:
"(5) Notwithstanding subsection (4) or any ordinance of a city to the contrary, a city that forms a lighting authority shall pay $12,500,000.00 annually to that lighting authority from the proceeds of the tax authorized under this act. ..."
Of course the tax rates will have to be allowed to increase.
Any guesses on how well this plan will work out?
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
I've heard of dumb before, but this takes the cake, via mLive
The Michigan Retailers Association is urging the state to send Amazon.com a bill for uncollected sales tax.
Frilliant! Don't work to lower taxes for yourself, raise them on others. Keep it up jackasses, and you'll have everybody avoiding Michigan like the money grubbing plague to reside and do business in that it is.
Speaking for myself, I've taken note of those on the MBA Board and the businesses they are tied to because they won't be seeing my money in the future.
OABTW - MRA, chair Barb Stein, I suppose you will be closing down the '09 created Rockford Brownfield Redevelopment Authority? Oink, oink .. brick-and-mortar, baby.
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By JGillman, Section News
Everybody wants to operate under a fair taxing field.
Certainly this is the premise which the main street fairness act is being pursued. It is a means under which sales nexus will be identified, and taxes would be collected for sales made online for anything coming into the state that was purchased online. It has the support of our governor, and looks to be heavily pushed with the claim that even elected conservatives are interested in it.
Not this one.
This is another one of those deals where instead of removing the regulatory misery under which retailers and business owners operate, it is presumed the better way toward fairness is to inflict it upon as many others as possible. They are suffering, so can you. Share the pain. And our governor Rick Snyder is now embracing it.
What will this mean to online wholesalers like myself?
I will ultimately have to deal with a number of sales tax licenses and a nightmarish bureaucracy entanglement. I will have to report to not only my own state, but others within this compact agreement to be able to ship within those states legally. I will not be able to ship to my customer's customers in Michigan directly, without revealing the transparent drop ship patterns. Other states that are not a part of the compact would have their own plans which would cause harm to my model (California is already doing this) by imposing their own nexus rules even possibly based on volume shipped to their states.
It will hurt folks using my business model from the crushing paperwork aspect alone.
And it's just more big government making sure nothing escapes their grasp, by pretending small business actually wants it.
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Feel like playing conscience?
How often to lawmakers have a chance to be legitimate patriotic heroes?
Last week we talked about the ridiculous new "Patriot Taxes" passed by [ahem..] House Republicans.
By way of a refresher, the supposed conservative caucus passed House Bill 4293, a bill that sponsors would have us believe is designed to open the door for more fireworks here in the state of Michigan. What sponsors didn't tell you, and were hoping you'd never find out, is that they loaded the bill up with FOUR NEW TAXES on patriotism.
They doubled the sales tax, imposed giant new taxes on businesses selling fireworks, imposed new transfer taxes on "licenses" to sell the fireworks.
And, they included language opening the door for and encouraging local city, township and village governments to impose their own taxes on fireworks without including any limits on the new local taxes whatsoever!
Only 8 of 63 House GOPers voted NO on these new taxes, a shameful showing for even the most milquetoast "Republican" caucus.
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A friend pointed this out and I thought I would chime in.
You can't make this stuff up, and if you could, who would believe you? If you aren't already sitting down, you might want to pull up a chair. This one's absolutely ghastly. I know, that's fitting, given the season, but the real trick isn't being played on Halloween--it's being played on the 4th of July, patriotism and taxpayers. What's more, it's being played on each of us by some of our ghoulish comrades, the Republicans.
As a Michigander, you're likely aware that current state law imposes some pretty serious restrictions on the type of fireworks we can purchase. If it fires out of a bottle, soars through the air, or explodes, its pretty illegal. Sure, there's a public safety argument, but there's a bigger liberty argument which is why dollars to donuts, if you're a regular reader of this site you're probably also a proponent of more freedom, not less.
It's that truth that makes what House Republicans did last week that much more frightening. Last week the GOP controlled House of Representatives approved House Bill 4293, a bill that sponsors would have us believe is designed to open the door for more fireworks here in the state of Michigan. What sponsors don't tell you, and were hoping you'd never find out, is that they loaded the bill up with FOUR NEW TAXES. FOUR. NEW TAXES.
Michigan Republicans in the legislature are literally taxing patriotism.
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Lt. Governor John Cherry, in an effort to keep the Democrat party of Michigan wearing the title of Most devastating party ever, has called for a job killing $0.10 a bottle tax on water bottled in Michigan.
Of course the promise grant went by the wayside as Cherry's mentor Jennifer Granholm used that money for what many see as an unnecessary new state police facility in Lansing.
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