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Drug dealers pay new 'crack tax'
Ananova: ^

Posted on 02/24/2006 9:57:47 PM PST by tlb

A US state's tax on drug dealers has brought in nearly $2 million in its first year.

Tennessee's so-called 'Crack Tax' came into effect last January, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

Under the scheme, drug dealers are expected to pay taxes on illegal drugs and alcohol. They pay confidentially, and when they do, they get a stamp.

If they're caught without the stamp, they'll be prosecuted for tax evasion, as well as drug dealing.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
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1 posted on 02/24/2006 9:57:48 PM PST by tlb
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To: tlb
Crack tax. I thought that was the upcharge for a plumber going under the house.
2 posted on 02/24/2006 10:00:01 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Self appointed RNC Press Secretary for Smarmy Sound Bites.)
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To: tlb

As deleterious to society as the illegal narcotics trade is, I find it somewhat disturbing how a law that clearly cannot be honored due to the illegal nature of its subject matter is created and used to prosecute someone participating in the other related activity. Just smacks of mocking the nature of law in a peculiar roundabout way. Such precident paves the way for other logically inconsistent constructs to prosecute other things as needs dictate.


3 posted on 02/24/2006 10:04:39 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

Makes no sense. Defies all logic.

If you get busted for dealing drugs, you should get a bonus bust for tax evasion, always.


4 posted on 02/24/2006 10:08:13 PM PST by DigitalVideoDude
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To: tlb

I read where one state is adding sales tax to fines ... that should make a loan shark blush ... where I live you have to pay a "service fee" when you go in to register your car ... they charge a dollar-fifty just to process your tabs.


5 posted on 02/24/2006 10:11:46 PM PST by SkyDancer (" Ok, if it's global warming then what caused the Ice Age and what ended it?")
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To: SpaceBar

The tax can be paid confidentially. The state tax on drugs is treated the same as sales tax or income tax and revenue employees are forbidden under state law from giving details to anyone outside the department, including law enforcement. The penalty for unauthorized disclosure by a revenue employee is imprisonment up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.


6 posted on 02/24/2006 10:11:56 PM PST by nemesis443
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To: nemesis443

Perhaps in theory, but we both know exactly zero individuals will feel confident to test the system.


7 posted on 02/24/2006 10:14:58 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: tlb

Can't they get them for tax evasion for not reporting their income they make on drug dealing in the first place?


8 posted on 02/24/2006 10:16:06 PM PST by LukeL (Shop smart. Shop S-Mart)
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To: tlb

Wow. A bold new step in the failed war on some drugs. I have every confidence it will be as successful as everything else they've tried.


9 posted on 02/24/2006 10:19:37 PM PST by mysterio
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To: LukeL

No, the only income that Tennessee taxes is certain dividend and investment income.


10 posted on 02/24/2006 10:34:24 PM PST by nemesis443
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Illegalities? It's all about revenue, just like a speeding ticket for doing 35 in a 30 zone.


11 posted on 02/24/2006 10:37:00 PM PST by Outland (Proud right-wing conspirator.)
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To: nemesis443

WTF?


12 posted on 02/24/2006 11:10:53 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: tlb
mind fart ... I forgot how to post images
13 posted on 02/24/2006 11:16:28 PM PST by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: mhking

ping


14 posted on 02/24/2006 11:18:53 PM PST by kenth
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To: tlb
ananova

Self explanatory.

15 posted on 02/24/2006 11:23:13 PM PST by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: oyez

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060124/NEWS03/601240329/1017/NEWS


16 posted on 02/24/2006 11:25:14 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: nemesis443
The tax can be paid confidentially. The state tax on drugs is treated the same as sales tax or income tax and revenue employees are forbidden under state law from giving details to anyone outside the department, including law enforcement. The penalty for unauthorized disclosure by a revenue employee is imprisonment up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

Obviously an idea borrowed from immigration.
17 posted on 02/25/2006 12:04:58 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: SkyDancer

We have to pay taxes ON taxes...


18 posted on 02/25/2006 12:07:08 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: tlb

This is a case of legalized graft. The lawmakers should be ashamed of their unabashed greed.


19 posted on 02/25/2006 12:10:42 AM PST by Winston Smith
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To: tlb
I always had fond memories buying nightcrawlers at a Ma-n-Pa bait shop near the 'Ol fishin' hole. It was $0.50 then inflation increased it in $0.25 increments. Still was always easy to pay in quarters...no tax was asked.

Then one day the dozen crawlers was up to $1.25! So I pulled out a $1 and a quarter and tossed it on the counter. The register (I never recalled them ringing up worms before!) starts ringing, and the owner asks for a dime!

"WHAT?"

"It's tax."

"ON WORMS? A WORM TAX?"

The guy busted a gut. I was pissed, but he was an old timer and business is business. He apologized and Uncle Sam got his dime.
20 posted on 02/25/2006 12:17:43 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: tlb

i looked all over the web for any image of the MIssissippi black market liquor tax (where there stamps?) but couldn't find one...


21 posted on 02/25/2006 1:54:38 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Yep ....check out ITINs for illegals.


22 posted on 02/25/2006 2:08:52 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
In Illinois you can actually buy marijuana tax stamps.

Of course if you do, you're very likely to get some rather interesting knocks on your door.

L

23 posted on 02/25/2006 2:11:10 AM PST by Lurker (In God I trust. Everybody else shows me their hands.)
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To: SpaceBar

Your post is well thought out and reasoned, but you missed the entire premise of this construct regarding the law and such. The law is a joke and always has been. No more need be said.


24 posted on 02/25/2006 2:40:34 AM PST by son of caesar
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To: tlb

25 posted on 02/25/2006 3:29:15 AM PST by mirkwood (Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it.)
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To: tlb

Can they still repo all their stuff?


26 posted on 02/25/2006 4:35:25 AM PST by cobaltblu
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To: tlb
As an full time employed worker, shouldn't I be allowed to pay my taxes annonymously just like the drug dealers?

Why should the criminals get not only tax free income, but the ability to pay some taxes in a special manner?

27 posted on 02/25/2006 4:44:18 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie

As an full time employed worker, shouldn't I be allowed to pay my taxes annonymously just like the drug dealers?

You already do. It's called a sales tax.


28 posted on 02/25/2006 7:27:22 AM PST by chainsaw ( ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - H. Clinton))
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To: oyez

It took 15 posts for someone to notice.


29 posted on 02/25/2006 7:31:07 AM PST by GWfan
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Seems to me the goal here is "mo money," not busting bad guys.


30 posted on 02/25/2006 7:48:46 AM PST by Mike-o-Matic
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To: knarf; tlb

<img src="http://www.fileitunder.com/uploaded_images/crack-782980.jpg">

31 posted on 02/25/2006 7:51:12 AM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: tlb
This sounds like double-jeapordy. The sellers are being charged twice under different statutes for the same action.
32 posted on 02/25/2006 7:58:00 AM PST by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: Tree of Liberty

It's not double jeopardy. Tax liability is a civil matter, not a criminal matter. Several people have sued the state but so far it has not been struck down. That's the reason why anyone who comes forward to buy the tax stamp is treated with confidentiality. To do otherwise would violate the drug dealer's right against self-incrimination and would be unconstitutional. This statute was patterned after a similar law that has been in place in North Carolina for some time.


33 posted on 02/25/2006 8:17:05 AM PST by nemesis443
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To: freedumb2003
Slapping forehead, furthering the illusion I descended from the trees, but little is it known ... I was found under a rock, in the woods, next to a stream, by a raccoon.

Thanx free ... ain't nuthin' dumb 'bout you.

34 posted on 02/25/2006 10:22:46 AM PST by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: knarf

YOu'd be amazed how many times I forget basic stuff - like how to brush my teeth or my ATM passcode.

And many is the time I have posted pics with < i instead of <img


35 posted on 02/25/2006 10:28:28 AM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Could be. I thought it was a local tax on prostitutes.


36 posted on 02/25/2006 10:31:19 AM PST by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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To: endthematrix

Wow - you have it worse than we do ... but then it's almost the same thing - having to pay a fee to pay your car tabs in person ...


37 posted on 02/25/2006 1:46:52 PM PST by SkyDancer (" Ok, if it's global warming then what caused the Ice Age and what ended it?")
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To: SkyDancer

All right now the problem i see here, is the absolute, and undeniable, hypocracy of the gov. They are knowingly recieving monetary funds from illegal activities. If I went out and got people to buy and sell drugs, then give me money, I would be charged and thrown in prison. Even if I never saw 1 gram of the illegal substance. BECAUSE I am KNOWINGLY recieving FUNDS from ILLEGAL sales. The IRS is doing the same thing, KNOWINGLY RECIEVING FUNDS from ILLEGAL NARCOTICS SALES. This is not a message that the gov. needs to be getting across. If it is a LAW then it is a LAW, it should not be something that can be bent or re-worked to fit the governments needs, If it is illegal for the average citizen, then it should most definatly be illegal to the governing body of these people. Rule by example.


38 posted on 05/09/2006 7:56:29 AM PDT by The Way Things Are
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To: The Way Things Are

As long as they get the money no one will care.


39 posted on 05/09/2006 8:07:38 AM PDT by Jimbaugh (Fear the Base !!!)
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