What's Your Beef?
glemon last edited by glemon
Name it, vent, be controversial, pick an injustice and let us know.
Friend of mine buys a big BMW SUV, tells me it is a company car and he can write off depreciation. He owns a jewelry store, I asked if he had to haul inventory in it a couple times a year. He just kind of goes blank and says no.
Then I see the Jalop article about what car would I buy. Guy wants something fun. Fun color, has lots of money to spend, then ends with, and oh yeah it should be over 6000 lbs gross weight so I can write it off. I am sure the law was written to provide a break for people who actually use and need big SUVs and trucks for business. But is now used by docs and jewelry store owners and want not so they can get a tax break.
Nothing wrong with getting rich and enjoying nice things, but does somebody who really is just buying a nice daily driver really need a big tax break and an incentive to buy a more expensive vehicle and an incentive to drive something monstrously big.
Unless congress swings way further left than old uncle Joe would like to go don't see anything changing soon.
PowderHound last edited by
@glemon rent being raised while owners/property management have fixed nothing in the house.
Roads that were paved, torn up to replace water/sewer lines and shoddily patched creating potholes, uneven surfaces, and ride like shit
Drivers who pull out in front of bikes to try and “beat” them. Also, cyclists who run red lights and don’t notice the oncoming lane has a green arrow to turn there.
The prices of older cars seemingly sky rocketing in recent years
Not being able to order a new car a la carte and having to deal with unwanted packages
The smoothing out and dumbing down of mountain bike trails
ST80MND last edited by
@glemon Sadly, all the rich folk would be the first ones to tell you that part of getting rich and staying that way is by cheating the tax code.
facw last edited by facw
Probably it makes his accountants smart (also maybe criminals).
And of course these sorts of claims go beyond tax avoidance and into evasion. Just because some cars can be written off (it's own problem IMO), doesn't mean that every car qualifies. My personal favorite is that there is (or was, haven't seen it in a while) some AMG Mercedes SUV in my building's residents only garage with "repair" plates, which are supposed to be to allow mechanics to test drive unregistered vehicles while repairing them. Also a lot of out of state plates, also dodging local taxes, though we do have a lot of students, so some of those may be legit (where students legally live is always sort of a tricky issue)
BaconSandwich last edited by
My personal favorite is that there is (or was, haven't seen it in a while) some AMG Mercedes SUV in my building's residents only garage with "repair" plates, which are supposed to be to allow mechanics to test drive unregistered vehicles while repairing them.
I mean, to be fair, it is an AMG Mercedes... it could very well be in a state of constant repair.
glemon last edited by
@powderhound You took the concept and ran with it, well done
Darkbrador last edited by
@glemon My company telling employee that mask is now optional indoors, even if a fraction of the employees are vaccinated and the state is #4 in terms of new daily cases.
@darkbrador Dare I ask if they optional for people who are vaccinated (as the CDC recommends) or just for everyone? Admittedly, it probably doesn't make much difference since at this point the people who aren't vaccinated are probably the same ones who who'd lie about being vaccinated to get out of wearing a mask, but still... I think we really screwed up by rejecting vaccine passports.
Darkbrador last edited by
@facw Optional for everyone, not just the people vaccinated.
Besides the obvious health risk, it's an environment where many employees are vocally anti-vaccine and "COVID is a hoax" kind of thinking, opening the door for bullying and/or discrimination.
@glemon My beef is people getting angry at people for saving money on taxes, especially considering how little return we all get on them.
facw last edited by facw
@dipodomysdeserti Cheating on their taxes. And yes that's bad. Your state gets more federal dollars than you pay in taxes, so if you don't feel you are getting sufficient benefits, maybe you should talk to your representatives about that. People cheating on their taxes just encourages more cheating (why should you be the sucker who pays).
fintail last edited by fintail
@glemon Trickle down bullshit has existed for 40 years, and Ds have barely touched it - as their top few profit from it, too.
Also see tax dodging MT plates, ridiculous policy made to aid the housing industry, etc.
My beef is housing prices and the overall cost of living far outpacing wage gains, and CPI not factoring this with its calculations which don't reflect how people actually have to live. And we'll still have lucky prior generations whining about minimum wage increases because they paid for college with a $2/hr summer job, bought their house at age 25, etc, or the ones who say interest rates were so high in the 80s so they had it even harder (forgetting assumable loans were a huge thing then), etc.
fintail last edited by
@facw I hope my state has the passports. At least other countries will likely require proof to enter their borders - not that most of these shitbirds ever leave their home area anyway.
Another beef - vaccine records/proof, at least locally, are on a handwritten index card using the best in 1880 technology. Anyone could fake it, and you know the deplorables will do just that to own the libs.
@fintail That info also goes into databases, so the government does have it, and can build apps that allow confirmation. But the states that have made apps are pretty insecure. Would have been much better if the federal government had just built something.
fintail last edited by
@facw Yeah, I see a wide open door for manipulation and fraud with this - and if we know one thing, it's that the cult isn't afraid of lies or stealing. I can't wait to see Karen and Kevin turned away at the border (or less amusing, spreading it to vulnerable people while lying about their status). A much stronger system should have been in place at the beginning of vaccinations - states can be free to not observe it, but feds can still track it. I wouldn't trust data out of some parts of the country.
@facw Claiming loss of revenue on depreciating assets for your business taxes is not cheating, and very little of our tax dollars go to states to improve infrastructure. About a quarter goes into our shitty healthcare system (a good deal of which is fraudulent), almost a fifth goes to defense, and almost a quarter goes to social security (which I don't think people from my generation will ever see).
But yes, you are a sucker if you choose to pay as much taxes as possible, especially if you run your own business.
MasterMario last edited by
@dipodomysdeserti if you are claiming depreciation on a car as a business expense but only use that car to commute you are cheating because that's not legally a business vehicle if you don't use it for business purposes.
Claiming loss of revenue on depreciating assets for your business taxes
But here we are talking about claiming that a personal vehicle is a business asset! That is cheating!
And while deducting for actual business assets is legal, and obviously people should do that, but I would support abolishing those deductions as well. Not clear why the taxpayers should subsidize these businesses for what should be considered normal costs of doing business.
ZHP Sparky - the 5th last edited by
@glemon With EVs going mainstream and the American desire for huge cars (and ones that can apparently drive 2,000 miles in one go) pretty sure regular cars topping 6k lbs will be very routine in the near future...perhaps that will finally spur some tightening of that stupid rule.
Highlander last edited by
@glemon Rich folks moving into my neighborhood building and buying up houses for exorbitant amounts, raising my taxes because they are based on property value. I can afford it up to a certain extent but if property value hit >$1m we will have to start thinking hard about staying here. And I love my house and it's location.
Current plan is to buy old junk cars and park them all over my property.
@highlander See if you were a rich person, you'd just figure out to rig the tax assessment so your home gets valued at a tenth its market price or something.
Highlander last edited by
@facw Self employed, work from home, it's a business write off?
@highlander Ooh, back to the topic at hand...
My recollection is that is to claim a home office, it needs to be a separate space (meaning a door, not that it needs to be its own building), and used exclusively for business (which I'm sure means people claim all sorts of rooms that are actually multipurpose).
DipodomysDeserti last edited by DipodomysDeserti
@mastermario That's not necessarily true, especially since many people made their homes their principle place of businesses after local covid lockdowns. In that case, driving between your home and another business property would not be considered a commute.
But like I said, people playing tattle tale for big powerful Uncle Sam is especially annoying for me.
@facw No it isn't. Many small business owners made their homes their primary place of business after being forced to close their stores during covid. In that case, you're not cheating by claiming your vehicle is a business asset if you primarily use it to travel between your primary place of business (your home), and other business properties (your store).
But like I said, my biggest pet peeve is people playing hall monitor for the US government, especially when they feel the need to tattle on their friends.
Go look at how your taxes are spent. You're not subsidizing small business owners. Your subsidizing the federal government, defense contractors, energy sector companies, healthcare corporations...