Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

September 12, 2013

Collect from those who avoid taxes

— — When the Blue Ribbon Highway Commission had their meeting in Princeton, I brought up the problem concerning individuals who live in West Virginia but register their vehicles in Virginia in order to evade the high titling tax and licensing fees and the personal property tax.

It appears none of the authorities are willing to enforce our vehicle and personal property tax laws.

These individuals are not concerned with any increases recommended by the Blue Ribbon Highway Commission since they are not paying any of these taxes in the first place.

If there are only 1,000 (probably many more) vehicles in Mercer County that are registered in Virginia, and if the average property tax is only $300, then $300,000 is not collected by Mercer County plus thousands of dollars in titling and registration fees are not collected by our state.

This puts a heavier financial tax burden on those of us who are obeying the laws, which is extremely unfair.

If you add in other counties in our state with the same problem, the total taxes lost would be quite substantial. I believe the Blue Ribbon Highway Commission and the government authorities would rather raise taxes and fees on those of us who are already paying, than collect from those who do not obey the law.

Ivan Platnick

Bluefield

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