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NJ's 'fake farmers' like Jon Bon Jovi dodging millions in taxes
AP via Trentonian ^ | December 2010 | AP

Posted on 06/10/2011 3:58:19 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — Spotty enforcement and an outdated state law allow thousands of landowners to pay pennies on the dollar in property taxes.

The Farmland Assessment Act of 1964, intended to preserve agriculture in New Jersey, is being used by millionaires, developers and anyone with at least five acres to slash their farmland tax bills by 98 percent.

An Asbury Park Press investigation into farmland assessment records found that landowners deemed "fake farmers" by those calling for reform are producing little more than the bare minimum — $500 — in goods to qualify for the tax breaks.

One landowner grew weeds and another forged a signature on a government document in attempts for the tax break, the Press found. A third used a cow to eat the home's front lawn for a few months and then sold the animal in the fall. Under the law, that homeowner was entitled to the tax break on his five acres.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bonjovi; libtaxdodgers; progressivism; propertytax; taxdodgers; taxes; taxevasion
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Ever wonder why guys like Bon Jovi aren't conservatives?

They don't follow the rules that they set in place for us. They have their own rules.

1 posted on 06/10/2011 3:58:24 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

It’s not a tax dodge, it’s an investment.


2 posted on 06/10/2011 4:00:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

It’s not stimulus........ it’s an investment?


3 posted on 06/10/2011 4:01:25 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( The liberal media is more ideologically pure than Barack Obama)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

It’s always easier to be compassionate with other people’s money than one’s own.


4 posted on 06/10/2011 4:01:52 PM PDT by RINOs suck
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Governor Christie, paging Governor Christie...


5 posted on 06/10/2011 4:02:43 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: All

what a punk...


6 posted on 06/10/2011 4:02:52 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Caller to Hannity mentioned this. He looked it up because he didn’t believe her.


7 posted on 06/10/2011 4:04:23 PM PDT by thouworm
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It's noble and patriotic to deny the government your money.

8 posted on 06/10/2011 4:05:02 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Bruce Springsteen as well, he pays almost no real estate taxes because he employs an “organic gardener” - John Stossel did a whole show on freeloaders and brought both of these up in the show


9 posted on 06/10/2011 4:05:13 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Probably some flaming liberal wrote rules....’ya think?


10 posted on 06/10/2011 4:06:36 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

While you are walking in the a tall grass...go read ...really read the terms of a conservation easement.....


11 posted on 06/10/2011 4:08:33 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Fake farmer and a fake rocker.

He really never struck me as a rock singer. More of a pop singer. Same with Bruce.


12 posted on 06/10/2011 4:13:00 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I’ve read stories on Bono (as I’m sure many here have) and it astounds me that these libs want higher and higher taxes ‘for the rich’ but they find it perfectly OK to hide their own money away from their governments.


13 posted on 06/10/2011 4:13:27 PM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: I see my hands

Amen brother.


14 posted on 06/10/2011 4:17:30 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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“John Stossel did a whole show on freeloaders and brought both of these up in the show”

So, if you abide by the law you’re a ‘freeloader’?


15 posted on 06/10/2011 4:18:57 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

If springsteens the boss (and that’s by no means a certainty) then bon jovi is the administrative assistant.


16 posted on 06/10/2011 4:30:22 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hating *me* won't make *you* handsome, intelligent, straight, male *or* white.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Yep, it’s an Investment, by the government, ... for the children.


17 posted on 06/10/2011 4:31:16 PM PDT by Paladin2
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So, if you abide by the law you’re a ‘freeloader’?

You don't think that's possible?

Stop playng with your parents computer.

18 posted on 06/10/2011 4:34:34 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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NJ's 'fake farmers' — like Jon Bon Jovi — dodging millions in taxes

However, much greater harm is done to the public by government actually taking trillions of dollars in taxes from them by threat of force. The single greatest source of harm to the public is, not an occasional rich guy here or there, but government.
19 posted on 06/10/2011 4:37:10 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
An Asbury Park Press investigation into farmland assessment records found that landowners deemed "fake farmers" by those calling for reform are producing little more than the bare minimum — $500 — in goods to qualify for the tax breaks.

Translation:

The Asbury Park Press is calling people who actually do meet the requirements of the law to qualify for tax breaks, "fake farmers", because they are sympathetic to government taxers instead of to taxpayers.

Let's all look at the tax returns of the Asbury Park Press, their reporters, and their owners and managers, and see if we can call them names for complying with the tax laws, too.

20 posted on 06/10/2011 4:48:04 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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