Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

March 10, 2014

Time to stop Bureaucrats Bully Club

— — I would like to reinforce a recent writer challenging state lawmakers to repeal the West Virginia Purchaser’s Use Tax. I, too, think it is appropriate for lawmakers who can’t cosponsor such a bill to show us how it’s done by making public their tax records.

I’m never more angry than when tracking the use tax. For example, a recent out-of-state Sam’s Club purchase of five items included three that were computer equipment, one that was food and the last was prepared food. Now ask: What’s the tax (in the other state) on computer equipment? Food? Do I even file on prepared food? Answer those, compute the difference with West Virginia tax, file receipt and record.  Do it every time. How do you track this? A spreadsheet, fill in a ledger every time you buy out-of-state, or do you just live with the auditor’s knife to your throat? West Virginia tax law says you should use up your life doing this. It should end!

I am an American woman with the God-given right to be free. I should not be a slave to bureaucrats. I completed high school, college and raised a family. I run a business, and given time, can understand most things, but the tax code? That’s different.

Worse government hubris is in the Federal Tax Code. Instructions for 2012 gave me a chuckle stating: “Form 8812 is new for 2012. Form 8812 is no longer in use” — huh? The U.S. Tax Code is full of this.  Over the year, I’ve called the IRS for clarification on two questions.  Six calls, six different answers. They regurgitate their “instructions” and are quick to say “consult a tax adviser.” No! They will not audit my tax adviser, and my tax adviser makes me sign a disclaimer. They will audit and penalize me. We, you and I, must understand this. But how can we when the IRS doesn’t?

The previous writer asked a good question: How much life should be invested reading this “sewage” and shouldn’t we be confident it’s correct when we’re done? We can’t because IRS fog and confusion was a scandal long before the targeting scandal.

If you engage life, “pursue happiness,” a bureaucrat is always waiting with a circular exercise in stupidity.  This sidelines, and chills the spark of creativity. Do they think we are rats in a maze with nothing better to do? 

If state and federal lawmakers let 2014 pass without dealing a blow to mind-numbing, life-consuming regulation — they have failed! It’s time to call Congress and your state legislators and tell them to stop the Bureaucrats Bully Club!

Sally Douglas


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