State 'Use Tax' AgitProp: 'It's the Right Thing to Do'

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How does the Maine Use Tax Compliance Program work?

The program period is from July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, and will cover taxable purchases made from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2005. In order to participate in this program, a person must report all of their previously unreported taxable purchases during the stated periods. After reporting each year's purchases; add the three highest years and pay that amount. Interest and penalties will be waived as well as the tax on the three smaller years and applicable use tax for items purchased prior to January 1, 2000. Any material misrepresentations or material omissions will disqualify a person from this program.

[url=http://www.maine.gov/revenue/Compliance/MaineUseTaxComplianceProgram.htm...

[img]http://www.asmainegoes.com/images/usetax/info_video.jpg[/img]
[url=http://www.maine.gov/revenue/Compliance/MaineUseTaxreedit_000.wmv]Use Tax Info Video[/url]

[img]http://www.asmainegoes.com/images/usetax/businessman.jpg[/img]
[url=http://www.maine.gov/revenue/Compliance/Use%20Tax%20Compliance%20Program..."Business Man" Video[/url]

[img]http://www.asmainegoes.com/images/usetax/woman.jpg[/img]
[url=http://www.maine.gov/revenue/Compliance/Use%20Tax%20Compliance%20Program..."Woman" Video[/url]

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GRAB SOME POPCORN!!!!!!

Editor
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I wonder why the Baldacci Administration used only white people? I mean, three videos! They could've mixed it up.

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Well, mine goes in the mail tomorrow. Why? I would rather be taxed on how I spend my money than how I make my money. It's a more level playing field, so to speak.

Now this needs to be parlayed into taxing all internet purchases originating in the state. Specifically, the $1.5 B that flows out the state from Desert Road in Freeport, et al. Hmmm, what is 5% of $1.5B? = $75M?

Truths revealed. The amnesty program was targeted primarily at the top 10% of the wage earners in the state. Which is a blatant form of legalized discrimination. That, Mr. Editor, is why the BALDacci administration uses only three white people. No need to mix it up.

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since when are interstate tariffs legal under the US constitution.
(c) 1789 all rights reserved

Calvin
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"since they changed the name maybe?"

Mike Lange
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I always have a good laugh about these ads.

True, they only target the big fish, i.e., corporations who make out-of-state purchases for machinery and equipment. The chances of catching mom and pop's purchase of a computer or washer-dryer combo in Dover, N.H. is about nil. Unless, of course, they want to set up state police security checkpoints at the border.

Come to think of it, I better not give them any ideas. :D

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There is one sure fire way that us little people can
protect ourselves from this intrusion into our
private lives private behaviors.

Just cross border pay in cash that old fashion means of purchasing items.
There is no electronic paper trail on paper money once it leaves your bank
into your hands. I know it is inconvenient but it works. For the sake of laziness and
instant gratification of our needs we love debit cards. They leave a trail all over the place.

That is how theycan send you a letter saying your a bad person heap on guilt
and confiscate more revenue.

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Typical Maine Government - Keep hitting the businesses. I agree with Bruce, I have done it and will continue to do it the old fashion way - GO GET IT, PAY CASH FOR IT. Opps - I better be careful and avoid the Checkpoints coming back into the state. I know what to do! I will use the invisible shield on my car when passing the checkpoints! Opps, someone may hit me! I know! I will mail it from where I buy it and have it delivered! Opps, I wondered if the Maine Post Office will report me! Well with all this said, I sound stupid, don't I? Okay, Augusta catch me if you can! 8)

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US Constitution Article 1 section 9
"No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another."

there you go, my Ford is my vessel cause my kids call it a big old boat.

Sounds to me like if you bought it in another state you pay the taxes in that state, if that state is so kind as to not charge you a sales tax then bully for you.

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It seems to me that that part of the constitution you quote makes the whole concept of use tax illegal. I wonder if it ever got chalenged in Federal court if it could be rendered moot.

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[i]*...... Paging Attorney Billings..... paging Attorney Billings..... *[/i]

I'd love to know if it would stand up in court as well. I think it's danged unConstitutional, and should be illegal.

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The first time I saw an ad for the "use tax" it was the "woman" ad. I was eating my dinner at the time, and I almost choked. I was SO MAD that they had the NERVE to suggest that I should pay taxes on something that I bought online or out of state, when they had NOTHING to do with my purchase!!! I mean, what did the State of Maine do to contribute to my purchase of an MP3 player from California? NOTHING!

They can kiss my BUTT! I'm keeping my $4.00 and they can sue me for it if they want, but it's going to cost them more than $4.00 to sue me for the $4.00. In fact, I am so not worried about them coming after me because the Administrative nightmare involved in tracking my purchases, determining which I paid tax on and which I didn't, which were purchases and which were charity (as I generally only use paypal), getting Paypal to COMPLY, and then the miniscule amount I would owe compared to the amount of money they are going to spend sorting through all that....

I think not, my friend. They can kiss my butt. If they want to come after me, they can, but I won't make it easy on them.

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You talk to your mother like that? :wink:

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Question:

How did people get letters?

Did a credit card company give the state a mailing list?

Random?

All Tax payers?

Did or has the state obtained a database of tax avoiders?

Maybe the same firm that wrote the DHS computer system also wrote this system.

EJ

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Does anyone know if there is any effort to get rid of this damn tax in the legislature?
if there is we should organize to get behind it.

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Don't you just love the "Useless Tax"????

Got my "opportunity to do the right thing" in the mail. A Use Tax return with blank listings for me to plug in any items I may have purchased either on line our out of state.....going back to the year 2000.

I hear a rumor the Revenue Service is going into credit card records an bank accounts to find these purchases....giving us the opportunity to fess up and pay now....or do so later with fines and penalties.

Is there any foundation to these rumors?????

Or is this just a fishing expedition?????

Anybody????

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EJ, I believe someone stated earlier that the folks that received this letter were the historical (based on prior tax filings) top 10% of the wage earners. I know what I make a year and I think it is a sad state of the economy if I'm in the top ten percent :lol:

I sent in my check yesterday and I'm sure they will be disappointed. I try hard to do business in state. And when I buy a new computer it is in parts because half the fun for me is building it (plus it's a lot cheaper). They won't see much revenue from me on the new computer score.

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[quote="cover_maine"]is this just a fishing expedition?????[/quote]
I have been asking that to anyone who would listen since I got my first mailing in October. If MRS did not send forms to everyone, they are engaged in economic profiling. Next year, brace yourselves for an infusion of Napoleonic law - you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent. Thanks, Juan.

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[quote="MikeL"][quote="cover_maine"]is this just a fishing expedition?????[/quote]
I have been asking that to anyone who would listen since I got my first mailing in October. If MRS did not send forms to everyone, they are engaged in economic profiling. Next year, brace yourselves for an infusion of Napoleonic law - [b]you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent. Thanks, Juan.[/quote][/b]

I think that under tax law that has always been the case.

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They are certainly being selective in whom they send the letters to. A quick survey of friends here says that none of us are in the high-profile category. None of us have gotten these letters.

There are some benefits to being Financially Challenged after all.

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I LIKE YOUR SPUNK CATHERINE

From Catherine in part:

[quote][b]They can kiss my BUTT![/b][/quote]

You can say that again Catherine. I laughed so hard when I saw the ADs on the television and keep laughing everytime I see one.

Towncrier

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Do law enforcement or other government agencies have unlimited access to credit card records?

Or do they have to file a court order to obtain them?

If you watch enough "Law and Order," it seems that the detectives can grab credit card and phone records as quick as I can grab a beer after work.

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What I wonder is if the revenue brought in from people who voluntarily pay the 'use tax' is actually higher than the cost to create and run all these ads, send out all the letters, and go after those people who don't comply.

Another example of Maine government at its finest.

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Pay with a money order. The money orders are very inexpensive at WalMart compaired to USPS. insist they send it by mail.

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Maybe we should send this thread to one of the bull dog, won't-take-no for an answer, investigative reporters from the Maine media to get answers to all these critical questions....

Oh, wait... thats right. I forgot. There are no reporters like that in the MSM in this state.

I bet we could get a nice warm and fuzzy fluff piece from one of (or all three) the big three that will parot the ads we are already seeing. Can't wait. :roll:

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Where did the term use tax come from?
Did they really thing I would go to N.H.
to avoid a "Use" tax.

It is a "Sales Tax" if we continue down this road
they will create a separate tax for using toilet paper
along with buying it!

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