As if living in one of the most corrupt cities in the nation was not bad enough, now our friendly government has a “nicer” way of sticking a steak knife into our hearts and turining it 90 degrees clockwise. The only thing that is good about living in this city is the fact that we have nice summers. That’s about it – the entire city is corrupt and always finding more bullshit ways to stick their fingers into the tax payers dollar.
So here is a breakdown of this ridiculous law. If you bought ANYTHING online from 2004-2010 from Amazon – basically any online store – you now have the JOYOUS opportunity to pay BACK TAXES on all those items. Here is an excerpt taken from wbez:
“Starting Jan. 1 a new amnesty program will allow customers to pay sales taxes on past online purchases without penalty.
Mike Clemons is a spokesman for the Department of Revenue. He said the program is one way to educate customers but it falls short of necessary reform.
“The only way to run an efficient and effective system is for a federal law change that says, ‘Amazon.com and other internet online retailers: When you sell to a customer in Illinois you have to charge tax, collect it from the customer and send it to the Department of Revenue,” he said.
Clemons said those who take advantage of the amnesty will avoid penalties of 20 percent, plus interest on taxes owed. Research by the Illinois Department of Revenue shows losses of up to $150 million a year in revenue from internet commerce.
The amnesty program is part of a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. The amnesty applies to online purchases made between 2004 and 2010.
Can SOMEONE please tell me how this is legal? How can the government charge back taxes on items I bought in 2004 – let alone 2 years ago. This is complete bullshit and I HOPE this doesnt get passed.
As if this werent bad enough, I got an email from Amazon last night – and this is what it said:
Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program:
We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates. You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If our records are incorrect, you can manage the details of your Associates account here.
Please note that this not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Amazon Associates Program. But if the governor signs this bill, we will need to terminate the participation of all Illinois residents in the Associates Program. After that point, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for sales referred to amazon.com, endless.com and smallparts.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Illinois residents.
The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on Illinois residents like you were explained to the legislature, including Senate and House leadership, as well as to the governor’s staff.
Over a dozen other states have considered essentially identical legislation but have rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’ residents.
Governor Quinn’s office may be reached here.
We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you continued success in the future.
So I STRONGLY suggest that you contact Gov. Quinns office and let him know what you think about this proposed law.
Here are some other articles related to this stupid proposed tax law. Journal Standard, Northwest Innovation