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Actual Email From Your Friendly Federal Government

This showed up in my inbox yesterday, and my, but the lads at the club and I had a chuckle over it while swirling the port in our Waterford crystal goblets:

Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 3:24 PM
Subject: Tax Compliance

This is a notice to all Department of Government Governmenting employees.
April 2, 2009

This is a reminder to all (Department of Government Governmenting) employees of the importance in meeting your tax obligations.  Our system of taxation relies on voluntary compliance.  If the public perceives that Federal employees do not maintain the highest level of tax compliance, public confidence in the government may suffer.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has informed (the Department of Government Governmenting) that as of October 2007, 3.00 percent of (Department of Government Governmenting) personnel had some type of Federal income tax delinquency in the form of a balance owed and/or an unfilled tax return.  Non-compliance of Federal employees generates congressional and media interest during the tax filing season.  (Department of Government Governmenting) employees not in tax compliance are encouraged to contact the IRS to resolve these tax problems.

You may visit your local IRS office or call toll free at 1-800-829-1040 for assistance in filing returns or resolving any balance owed.  Forms, publications, and additional information are also available on the IRS
website at www.irs.gov.

You pay your taxes, goshdarnit!  Or it's straight to the Cabinet for you!

encouraged to contact the IRS at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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And can't they say where those 3% who don't fulfill their fiscal obligations work? Aren't all of them in Congress?

Here in Mexico the Congress has rapidly approved a law that prohibits citizens from protecting themselves from anti-constitutional taxes. And with all the bulls*&t taxes we already pay—like the tax you pay for the privilege of OWNING your car, which you have to pay every year—it's likely that after the election on July 5th the government will increase the taxes.

I'm going to annul my vote.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

You're not alone in paying for the privilege of owning a car.

Every year I have to pay personal property tax to the county based on the value of the car I own. I also pay a license fee to the state every two years so that they will allow me to drive the car I own.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Sorry to hear that, CJ. But my whining over this is that this particular tax was supposed to be temporary. It was originally intended to help finance the Olympic games—you know, the ones we had here... 40 YEARS AGO???

And every new election there's some politician promising to get rid of the tax; but once they get in office they go and say "Oops! you know, on second thought we can't really get rid of the tax after all, sorry".

But you know what's even more infuriating about it? It's that the politicians also allow the entry of foreign old heaps that are brought by immigrants who bought them at the US—cars that wouldn't be allowed to be used inside American territory—and those cars don't pay any kind of taxes, and they pollute the environment, while I have to make sure my car conforms to the state-run pollution verification program.

One begins to question what's the use of following the rules.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Wow! That tax has gone waaay beyond 'temporary'. No wonder you're upset.

It's gone on so long now that the government has started depending on the income, I guess. Doesn't sound like they'll be getting rid of it anytime soon.

As 'tax happy' as governments are, I'm surprised they haven't found some way to tax the old cars too!

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Darn it! I could have had a Cabinet post! Stupid Turbo Tax!

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

As ‘tax happy’ as governments are, I’m surprised they haven’t found some way to tax the old cars too!

The way to tax old cars is that, 'theoretically' cars that are 8 years-old can't circulate for 1 day a week in Mexico city. And if the pollution levels get too high a special contingency program is deployed and those cars can't be used until the contingency ends. They also can't circulate one Saturday of the month.

So this is the way the Government 'recommends' citizens to buy new cars. But with the ownership tax being dependent of the car's year model and base price, there's not much incentive to acquire a car that's new and with better low-emissions technology. It's a pity, because the Mexican auto industry is having a hard time, like everywhere else :-/

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie
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