Archive for January 27th, 2007

by Jay Stevens 

So this is some of the stuff I’ve missed this week: House Republicans are against closing loopholes for out-of-state tax cheats. I mean, we knew all along the GOP was the party of the corporations and moneyed elite, but this is pretty extreme, isn’t it?

Three bills aimed at getting nonresidents to pay their income taxes by closing loopholes and improving enforcement efforts were tabled by House Republicans on Friday.

The bills:

–One deals seeks to tighten up tax law dealing with “grantor trusts,” which are currently not defined in law.

–The Department of Revenue would be allowed to hire out-of-state debt collectors to chase after nonresidents who don’t pay tax bills. The agency says it currently has limited ability to pursue debts in other states.

–Bergren’s measure would make sure nonresidents have to pay withholding taxes because that group is most likely not to pay the taxes, making collection difficult.

None of these seem extreme to me. Why should wealthy out-of-state corporations enjoy tax loopholes, at the cost to the rest of the state’s taxpayers? Why should out-of-staters be able to duck paying taxes and get away with it?

Why the Republicans oppose this is a mystery. What do they have to gain, other than the admiration and generous beneficience of wealthy out-of-state interests? Er…well…that might actually explain it…

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