Of The Money Snatchers
Tax hungry in Sacramento...
everywhere, and they are after you and your neighbors. They
want your money, they want your property, and they want to
invade your home. They
are the money snatchers.
those money snatchers tried to pass a bill on the Assembly
floor which would have allowed them to tax you on your yard
sales. Current law requires businesses that engage in retail
sales to collect the sales tax on those sales, but exempts "occasional
sales" from sales tax liability. If you sell occasionally,
you don't have to ask for permission from the government (by
getting a seller's permit) to sell. The reason for that rule
is that the state really shouldn't require anyone who has a
yard sale to get a government permit to sell their old shirts
and dirty bird cages. Recently, the Board of Equalization started
trying to tax occasional sales by saying you could only have
two yard sales a year. That regulation is not consistent with
the spirit of the occasional sales exemption in law, so the
board wants a law to justify its intrusion. That law is SB
607, introduced by Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) which
would allow tax auditors to invade your home if you have three
garage or yard sales, or sell three items, which net you $1,200
or more in a year.
Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside
and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and
Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website
at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]
Talk about intrusive. In essence, tax auditors could be reading
Pennysaver magazine, or following those flimsy signs on telephone
poles on Saturday morning to find out if you are collecting the
sales tax on that box of junk in your garage that you have been
trying to get rid of for years. If you sell $1,200 worth of stuff
at a yard sale in three different sales, you will have to get
a seller's permit, or suffer the wrath of the state. To get a
seller's permit, you would have to fill out an eight page form
telling the government your social security number, your bank
information, the average monthly sales, how much of those sales
are nontaxable, keep the records of those sales for four years,
file another tax return with the state, and notify the BOE anytime
you don't want to have a garage sale anymore.
And what if you don't? You will be invaded by the money snatchers.
They will enter your neighborhood in search of those evil yard
sale tax cheats. People who want to sell their broken lawnmowers
or old refrigerators (or even torn and dirty shirts), would be
required to fill out stupid forms every time they sit out in
their front yards--or the Tax Gestapo would be after them.
They are insatiable. They cannot invade your life enough, or
get enough of your money. They want you to fill out their forms,
and disclose the details of your life and finances to them. Anything
to get your money is justified, and anything to justify their
job is appropriate. Unfortunately, many in the Legislature want
to help them in this pursuit.
In the Declaration
of Independence, Thomas Jefferson noted a number of complaints
in the Bill of Particulars detailing the
abuses of King George justifying the revolution. Among them: "He
has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms
of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." If
only Jefferson could see California now. Those swarms of officers,
sent to harass us and eat out our substance have become the money
snatchers, stopping those evil tax cheat housewives who are trying
to make a few extra bucks to feed their families by holding an
occasional yard sale to clean out the garage, or get rid of clutter
no one wants anymore. Want to know just how bad it has gotten?
The evidence is before us – they even want to tax your
yard sale. Enough is enough. CRO
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.