Refund illegal taxes?

March 3, 2014 - By John Seiler

Taxes, egyptian peasants, wikimedia'Suppose you buy a new car with a GPS navigation system built in. But you drive it home and realize the system wasn’t installed. Should you get your money back for the lack of the feature?

Of course you should. And the dealer must refund you the money, or face fraud charges.

Not so the California government. If it takes from you a tax later found to be illegal, it doesn’t have to give back your money. No joke.

Board of Equalization Member George Runner is sponsoring legislation to end that and refund your money. According to his office:

“Two identical measures, AB 2510 (Wagner) and SB 1327 (Knight), would require the state to provide a full refund to all individuals who paid a tax later declared unconstitutional or illegal.”

Runner himself said:

“It is criminal that the State of California can keep money it illegally collects from its citizens. Anyone who in good faith pays what ends up being an illegal tax should get their money back. It’s as simple as that.”

It really is criminal, as he says. In fact, what’s needed is another law stipulating that, if the government takes a tax from you illegally, you don’t have to pay any taxes for the rest of your life. After all, private-sector crooks like Bernie Madoff get life in prison. Why not turn it around and help the government’s victims — for life?

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Comments(7)
  1. Steve Mehlman says:

    Yeah, John, some crooks like Bernie Madoff get caught. But many more of them don’t; look at the punishment most of the Wall Street investors and bankers whose actions helped lead to the great Recession got. Nada, zilch, nothing. I wish you’d worry about that also. And trust me, they stole a heck of a lot more money than you claim the government takes in “illegal” taxes.

    Tell you what, I’ll support a law that gives a refund to someone who pays an illegal tax if you support one that requires someone who uses a tax loophole or tax dodge that is later found illegal to pay the tax.

  2. Bob Smith says:

    “Tell you what, I’ll support a law that gives a refund to someone who pays an illegal tax if you support one that requires someone who uses a tax loophole or tax dodge that is later found illegal to pay the tax.”

    Are you a troll, or just stupid? All tax laws require you to pay the tax if your claimed exemption from tax is found to be inapplicable.

  3. Ulysses Uhaul says:

    There are no trolls on CWD.

    There are the much beloved fair and balanced center/left and the emotional overreacting gloomers picking the wings off anyone spreading out and trying to make California enviro friendly, create high paying union jobs, fight fot clean air and water.

    Paying taxes in a civil society is your duty. Helping the little people to survive and get on their feet should be part of you daily endeavors.

  4. Donkey says:

    The entire RAGWUS operates in an illegal manner!! :)

  5. Ulysses Uhaul says:

    Yawn.

  6. Gorden Jones says:

    Why then would the elected official, George Runner of the California Board of Equalization, urge people to pay an illegal tax that was passed as a fee? If he urged people not to pay this illegal Feetax, then he would then really be working for the people in his district instead of the gangsters that passed this illegal Taxfee.

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