Skip to comments.Drug dealers pay new 'crack tax'
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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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.
Makes no sense. Defies all logic.
If you get busted for dealing drugs, you should get a bonus bust for tax evasion, always.
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.
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.
Perhaps in theory, but we both know exactly zero individuals will feel confident to test the system.
Can't they get them for tax evasion for not reporting their income they make on drug dealing in the first place?
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.
No, the only income that Tennessee taxes is certain dividend and investment income.
Illegalities? It's all about revenue, just like a speeding ticket for doing 35 in a 30 zone.
We have to pay taxes ON taxes...
This is a case of legalized graft. The lawmakers should be ashamed of their unabashed greed.
i looked all over the web for any image of the MIssissippi black market liquor tax (where there stamps?) but couldn't find one...
Yep ....check out ITINs for illegals.
Of course if you do, you're very likely to get some rather interesting knocks on your door.
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.
Can they still repo all their stuff?
Why should the criminals get not only tax free income, but the ability to pay some taxes in a special manner?
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.
It took 15 posts for someone to notice.
Seems to me the goal here is "mo money," not busting bad guys.
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.
Thanx free ... ain't nuthin' dumb 'bout you.
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
Could be. I thought it was a local tax on prostitutes.
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 ...
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.
As long as they get the money no one will care.
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