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July 30, 2009

OVER 1200 RHODE ISLAND BUSINESSES TOLD THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS IF THEY DON'T PAY OVERDUE SALES TAXES IMMEDIATELY

Providence Journal - State tax officials have put more than 1,200 businesses across the state on notice this week that they are out of business unless they pay their overdue sales taxes immediately. . .

By Wednesday, a line of people had queued up inside the Department of Administration building on Smith Hill, waiting their turn to plead their case to a state revenue agent. Some were angry. Others frustrated.

"I understand the state needs money, but to put pressure on the small guy or the moderate guy that's struggling, it's not going to do any good," said Mike Suriani, who owns an electrical supply company in South Providence. . . .

State officials say they've given businesses with sales-tax permits plenty of notice that they've fallen behind in making tax payments.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

It's interesting, the number of people in business who seem to feel that sales taxes and FICA taxes are part of their profits, and that having to remit them is somehow unfair.

It would be nice to know whether such attitudes stem from emotional pathology (grandiose entitlement) or cognitive (inability to understand).

July 31, 2009 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then their are those self-righteous souls who have no idea how hard it is to start with nothing , indeed liabilities, that not everyone began w/ mummy's trust fund, that the corporate big boys love regulation because like as not they're bribing their way out of it and it keeps their clever employess from being able to compete with them. I went to school with a guy whose father was a ready-mix concrete supplier. Whenever anyone started a competing business the mogul would lower his prices 'til the newcomer was bankrupted. Nowadays the feds and the states are a huge factor in the status quo.

July 31, 2009 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Pay your taxes and fund the war machine. said...

It ain't like when you pay your taxes, the greater part goes to the greater good. I don't mind funding section eight housing or food stamps or Head Start, but I do object to funding Lockheed, Cargill, Halliburton, and GE.

July 31, 2009 6:41 PM  
Anonymous a short history of taxes said...

http://counterpunch.org/bageant07312009.html

July 31, 2009 7:33 PM  

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