Read This if You Owe Money to the City, Part II

By Randy LoBasso
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It’s not going to solve our problems, but at least both the state and local governments are thinking outside the box for a change. Especially since all these vanity taxes have gone absolutely nowhere. Both the state and city governments have resorted to tax-amnesty vacations, in which residents can pay their back taxes for a certain period of time with fewer penalties than usual. Because shame just hasn't worked.

At the state level, Rendell hopes to bring in “as much as $190 million” of the “more than $2.1 billion” his administration says the state is owed, allowing residents the chance to pay their back taxes to Harrisburg without any penalty and only half the interest. Although, when it comes to the anti-tax/New World Order folk who think taxes are global slavery or something tyrannical for tracking citizens and then putting them in death camps, Rendell may have already opened his mouth too soon when he said of the 54-day state program: “Our message is ‘Find us before we find you.’” Full disclosure: We're creeped out by Rendell, too.

On May 3rd, Philly is starting its own lubed up tax takeaway. Those who owe back taxes to the Philadelphia government will be able to pay them back with a 50 percent interest reduction and avoid possible litigation and “other consequences,” according to the program’s website.

The idea for tax deadbeats, delinquents, bunglers, etc., was first concocted in late 2009 – quietly. Revenue Commissioner Keith Richardson told the Inquirer of the plan, begrudgingly, knowing a tax amnesty announcement would have accountants advising their clients to wait until the spring to clear their checking accounts with the money their government steals from them.

The city amnesty program lasts 45 days and officials think they’ll bring in about $25 million to $30 million, a small portion of the hundreds of millions owed to the city and school district. But hey, it’s a start, and Richardson thinks maybe if some businesses and individuals become compliant, it may just catch on. He told KYW, “A lot may come in and say 'We want to get compliant and be on your tax roles.’” Back in 1986, the last time the city announced tax amnesty, $25 million was brought in, which is four times the amount the city expected.

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1. Anonymous said... on Apr 27, 2010 at 09:36AM

“I didn't know anything about this, its going to be a good idea
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