Short Takes – Tax Incentives, Why?

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Tax Incentives, Why?

So, Marco Rubio is the newest wannabe ‘Judas’ in the Republican stable. In the GOP Tax reform plan he demands that the tax reform plan must increase child tax credit incentives to the poor, or he won’t vote for it. This is so he can get re-elected in a Florida now filling up with refugees from hurricane wrecked Puerto Rico, not to mention Obama’s islamists, poverty fleeing Haitians and third worlders swarming across our southern borders to join in the fray.

We would expect Join McCain to do it. He would claim to see some imminent danger to the Republic if he deigned to support a Trump initiative that would allow Americans to keep more of their own earnings so, he would vote against it. But, little Marco? Naw!

Everything government does is based on a supposed “crisis of human affairs.” Who, exactly determines what that crisis is or should be? Why, politicians of course! California forest fires might fit the definition but people should have fire insurance and not build homes in foothills covered with brush that has the flashpoint of gasoline. The flooding and destruction that comes with hurricanes, unusual storms, zombie apocalypse and etc. could be a concern for government, but not the federal government. It’s not in their job description (the Constitution)! If you want to live in a flood zone, buy insurance. “Ya pays your money you takes your chances.”

What little Marco wants is that you and I, as wage earning tax payers, and we do pay our taxes in order to avoid going to jail, allow the government to take a bit more of those taxes we pay and squander it on other people, basically third worlders unqualified to be productive Americans anyway. Why are they allowed to receive incentives from us the the plight of our veterans is ignored. Why should illegals be rewarded without expending the effort required to get it?

As I understand it, Puerto Rico needs to be rebuilt. So does Haiti. Why are those people here in our country then, living nearly for free? We can’t afford ‘em anymore. Politicians are solely responsible for this near financial disaster of good intentions we are now facing yet, like lil Marco, they keep adding on “benefits” that we can no longer afford. Admittedly, right now, some Americans exult at the rising stock market earning big bucks. When the Europeans stop sending their money here to avoid their own coming EU collapse, and the cash pool available for our government to dip into ends and then we’ll have to face the consequences. It will not be happy.

I should think that welfare, including child incentive tax credits, should have strict, enforceable  limits. Recipients of government welfare should be absolutely limited to three children and NO more. Besides, I cannot find one amendment in the US Constitution that permits government to dispense taxpayer money for any other purpose than those enumerated therein. I do read in the 10th Amendment, words that precisely limits what the federal government can and cannot do and that includes doing good deeds. Doing good deeds should belong to the states.

This form of thinking, spending our money outside that permitted by the constitution, is done by politicians who want to keep their jobs by showing favoritism to the abundant numbers of poor voters who will, naturally, vote to maintain free government stuff. If welfare was totally returned to the States, as the 10th amendment allows, the federal deficit and debt, will depress, along with the taxes they steal, and we will all be happier. Taxpayers in states near financial collapses, like California, Illinois and Connecticut are now experiencing, would also put an end to that foolishness. So would term limits for federal politicians. We should have the incentive to spend or save our own money not give it to government to spend foolishly. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (15Dec17)

Tax Changes How About The Fair Tax?

Opinion

Let me try to understand this. We are debating changes to our “Progressive” tax code, to make it easier for politicians to shake us down with us liking it, with people who can’t balance the checkbook and won’t listen to us anyway. Am I missing something? 

So far, I have not yet heard the words “Fair Tax” enter this discussion. Why is that? Well, It’s all about economic control that allows politicians to pick and choose winners and losers. That power alone allows them to keep their jobs, stiff us, and make us play their game. I’m tired of it. 

When corrupt politicians control our lives and we don’t recognize what it is doing to us, we allow their actions to pass on without complaint hoping apparently, that somebody else will do something.  Americans just want to be left alone to provide for their families and their retirements, and it’s always the damn politicians who stand in our way. Less government means more freedom and I think the crippling effect of government deciding who pays how much, is unconstitutional anyway. A Fair Tax would solve that.

Congressional Republicans are ineffective at governing. Before, a few Congresses had over seventy GOP co-sponsors for the “FairTax”. Today, it’s half that. The reason was that it was once safe for them to say; “Yes, we support the Fair Tax” but, they never had an inkling they would actually have a chance to vote for it. They don’t want that. Now they just ignore it and hope it goes away.

When the Republicans became the majority and changing the tax code became a serious issue, they could still talk around it. With Trump’s election, Republicans went into a panic mode because they can’t or don’t want to explain the FairTax, let alone implement it. 

I have talked with congressional campaigners in past elections and realized most are clueless about how the real tax system works or how the Fair Tax could improve economics for all. 

This might help explain Obama’s twenty trillion dollar national debt he saddled us with leaving Donald Trump to take the blame when it all collapses, as it will, shortly. 

The most important reason for their impotence is that under the Fair Tax politicians lose control over us. ‘Nuf said?” They would lose their power to reward and punish Americans using the current tax code and its enforcement arm, the IRS Gestapo, as a weapon. With the Fair Tax, loopholes would be closed and there would be no reason for the corruption lobbying encourages. Lobbyists bring money, and favors to our public servants ensuring the continuation of government corruption, not because money corrupts but because politicians are corruptible. One only need look at the Clinton Foundation and the Podesta Group to see real crime rings that can run circles around the Mafia. The changes wrought could be incalculable. Patronage would be threatened, tax lawyers and tax preparers would go belly up, and, lacking a “raison d’faire,” corrupt politicians would go home and try to exist off their congressional retirements. Not too shabby. With the Fair Tax we could also demand, because we desperately need it, term limits at all levels of government, not just the President.

But, that ain’t gonna happen. You know it and I know it because we simply do not have the power to lift the yoke of oppression off our shoulders or stop the lash on our backs and, be it a Democrat, a Republican or far left Socialists like uncle Bernie and Aunt Warren, our public servants in Washington won’t allow that.  Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (12Nov17)

Gilmer Schools Targeted for Identity Theft?

News

Forensic investigations have begun in Gilmer’s Board of Education as 56 people have reported incidents of identity theft as they have been filing taxes.

With both the IRS and a private RSM Securites investigation, local school administration has not found any breaches into their system. Officials have pulled email authentication logs, event logs, IP addresses, access logs, and additional files to review, but have not found correlations yet with those affected.

There does not appear to be a specific group affected either as Stuart Sheriff, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services, did tell FYN that affected employees have come from different departments, teachers, administrators, and even staff.

Since the investigations are ongoing, no additional information could be provided. However, Sheriff did tell FYN that the investigations are not only searching for the cause, but have also exposed certain vulnerabilities where School Administration has already improved security.

Additional precautions are also being taken according to Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes. And while Gilmer is being affected, no word has come from neighboring counties experiencing similar issues.

While no breach has been found yet, investigations are continuing into all possible connections between those affected.

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H & R Block – Here to Help with Tax Needs

Business

FYN spoke with local H & R Block for some insight on tax season.  This is what we found out.

Its Refund Season at H&R Block we are celebrating Refund Season with 1000 win $1000 Daily Sweepstakes. Drawings began on January 16 and will continue drawing daily through February 15. Just come into our office for more info on how to enter.

 

Two hot topics this year:

Tax Identity theft;

It is the fastest growing crime in America! In 2013 1.63 million taxpayers were affected by tax identity theft. If someone steals your identity and files a fraudulent tax return, it could take you months or even years to resolve the issues and receive your refund. In an effort to combat tax identity theft, the IRS has formed a partnership with states and the private sector tax industry (including H&R Block). They are sharing u tube videos on how to protect yourself from being a victim.  A few things you can do to help prevent identity theft is file your return as early as possible, change your passwords often and never give out personal info. At H&R Block we have Tax Identity Shield, a new product that no one else has that helps protect and monitor the safety of your tax return.

 

The next big thing is the Affordable Care Act; this year the penalty increased dramatically if you do not have health insurance. Also you are now required to have form 1095a to file your tax return if you obtained your health insurance through the Marketplace.

At H&R Block we can do your personal, business, corporation and partnership tax returns. We do bookkeeping and payroll. Our offices are open year round to support you. We look forward to serving you and all of your tax needs.

H&R Block has 3 convenient locations in Ellijay. You can find us online at hrblock.com.

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