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N.Y. asks online cigarette buyers to cough up tax
News.com ^ | 1/14/2004 | Reuters

Posted on 01/14/2005 9:09:13 PM PST by Zon

N.Y. asks online cigarette buyers to cough up tax

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that smokers who bought cigarettes over the Internet had better be prepared to cough up taxes they tried to avoid by going online.

"The law says you got to pay your taxes. The handful of people who don't are just stealing from the rest of us," Bloomberg said in a weekly radio address.

The city's finance department this week sent letters to 3,700 smokers asking them to fork over $1.3 million in city taxes from Internet tobacco purchases. 

The annual loss to the city from online tobacco sales totals $40 million, according to Joanna Perlman, a finance department spokeswoman. Some individuals owed as much as $10,000.

"If you have a bill for $10,000 for cigarette taxes, you're a dealer, you're not just smoking," Bloomberg said.

"The finance commissioner is required by the city charter to enforce the law. It's against the law to buy something out of state and bring it in and avoid sales tax," he said. 


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1 posted on 01/14/2005 9:09:13 PM PST by Zon
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To: Zon


And yet, he looks the other way on illegal immigration....


2 posted on 01/14/2005 9:12:13 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: Zon

Internet sales are exempt pal...especially from Indian Reservations.

http://www.bigindian.com/


3 posted on 01/14/2005 9:15:15 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Zon
It's against the law to buy something out of state and bring it in and avoid sales tax," he said.

There has to be more to this law than this.
4 posted on 01/14/2005 9:15:18 PM PST by stylin19a (Marines - end of discussion)
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To: Zon

I think a polite 'no' is in order.


5 posted on 01/14/2005 9:15:22 PM PST by seacapn
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To: Zon
"The law says you got to pay your taxes. The handful of people who don't are just stealing from the rest of us,"

How about "The politicians who waste and abscond with taxpayers money are stealing from every one of US"

This guy impresses me less and less every day.

6 posted on 01/14/2005 9:15:57 PM PST by drt1
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To: Zon; SheLion

ping


7 posted on 01/14/2005 9:16:20 PM PST by Mears
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To: Zon

We can't even smoke in an open air stadium and yet they want smokers to foot the bill to dig out this sorry @ss state. Gotta love living in NY.


8 posted on 01/14/2005 9:19:00 PM PST by AirForceMom (They are scarmabling out of the woodwork.....call the paver.)
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To: Zon
Were I the recipient of such a notice, I'd wad it up and throw it in the trash without a second thought. And dare the city of New York to try and legally enforce such a ludicrous "assessment."
9 posted on 01/14/2005 9:19:01 PM PST by A Jovial Cad
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To: seacapn

Actually, no wasn't what I was thinking. It was more along the lines of STFU Bloomberg.


10 posted on 01/14/2005 9:19:04 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: cyborg

That, too. Bloomberg needs to learn that in this modern world of internet orders, you can't just tax things to death and expect people to pay up and smile for the privilege.


11 posted on 01/14/2005 9:20:44 PM PST by seacapn
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To: Zon
"If you have a bill for $10,000 for cigarette taxes, you're a dealer, you're not just smoking," Bloomberg said.

How does New York know what somebodies cigarette bill is?

12 posted on 01/14/2005 9:21:47 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

Thats what I was wondering. How would they get information like that?


13 posted on 01/14/2005 9:22:41 PM PST by AirForceMom (They are scarmabling out of the woodwork.....call the paver.)
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To: Zon

Ah the lovely world of the Democrap who turned Republican and remained a Democrap! Is there a tax this @sshole doesn't like?


14 posted on 01/14/2005 9:23:04 PM PST by Bommer
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To: Mears

Beat me to the ping.


15 posted on 01/14/2005 9:23:36 PM PST by RandallFlagg (FReepers, Do NOT let the voter fraud stories die!!!! (Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name))
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To: Zon

How did the auditors get the names, addresses, and purchase records of these smokers? Isn't a person's mail private anymore?


16 posted on 01/14/2005 9:23:58 PM PST by reformed_democrat
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To: Graybeard58

Probaly some provision in the Patriot Act. Second hand smoke is a form of terrorism, ya know.


17 posted on 01/14/2005 9:25:25 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Zon

Screw Bloomberg, millionaire squirt. What audacity. Go get your taxes from someone else. Leave the smokers alone, they have already paid the state of New York billions.


18 posted on 01/14/2005 9:25:59 PM PST by groanup (http://www.fairtax.org)
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To: Graybeard58
How does New York know what somebodies cigarette bill is?

They ask the big online sellers of cigarettes to give them printouts of purchasers in a particular zip code.
19 posted on 01/14/2005 9:26:11 PM PST by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: Zon
"If you have a bill for $10,000 for cigarette taxes, you're a dealer, you're not just smoking," Bloomberg said.

What if you have a bill for more than $3,500? That's the average amount being asked of the 3700 letter recipients. I don't smoke, but I can't imagine how long it must take to amass such a sum in cigarette taxes. I didn't even know they sold cigarettes over the internet (it makes sense when you consider the tax savings for internet purchases).

It seems to me that Bloomberg and his henchmen are at fault for the "lost funds". They dropped the ball by not having a better system by which to extort the money from the smokers. What were the smokers to do, drop a few bucks in the mail twice a day?
20 posted on 01/14/2005 9:26:28 PM PST by Jaysun (DEMOCRATS: "We need to be more effective at fooling people.")
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