[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: California tax officials target breeders via Internet

  • From: DOGSRLUV@xxxxxxx
  • To: GreyPines@xxxxxxx, showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 22:06:30 EDT

From what I understand it is true.....
 
 
In a message dated 7/5/2009 7:02:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
GreyPines@xxxxxxx writes:
Are any  of the California folks aware of this or is it an Eastern  rumor
Bill  Pfeiffer







California tax officials target  breeders via Internet   
June 29, 2009
By: Timothy Kirn
For  The VIN News Service  


California tax officials  are  surfing â?? the Internet, that is.

It is not unusual for  authorities,  potential employers, bankers and 
others 
to use the  Internet to investigate  people.

And now California tax officials  are targeting potential  breeders that 
way. 

According to a  letter from the California  Board of Equalization, board 
officials  visited the American Kennel Club Web  site and linked to 
individual  
dog clubs to identify potential breeders living  in the  state.

Board officials are not sure if these dog club members  are  breeders, but 
they could be.

Tax board spokeswoman Anita Gore   confirmed that 361 individuals will 
receive the letter. She would not say  how  or why those particular 
individuals 
were identified,  however.

Gore also  said the board was unapologetic about using  the Internet to 
identify potential  breeders. The Internet is a  research tool, like any 
other, 
and a fairly  popular one, she  said.

Though a few blogs have speculated that the  state might be  groping 
gracelessly for funds with this effort, due to the   California 
government's 
financial distress, Gore said the letters are  a  typical education and 
outreach 
effort that the board  periodically  makes.

Breeders are in the spotlight because "quite  often people who  sell 
animals 
are not aware of this tax obligation,â??  Gore  said.

According to California tax law, anyone who sells more  than two  animals a 
year must have a sellerâ??s permit and pay the  state a sales  tax. 

Fifty letters have been sent out so far, Gore  said. The rest  will be 
mailed in the coming weeks. The letter states  that the recipient must  
respond 
and let the board know whether he or  she has a permit, would like to  
apply 
for one or does not need one  because he or she does not sell  animals.

Board members have  received no complaints about the letters,  Gore said. 
But at least a  few are concerned.

Dawn Capp, an attorney and  animal advocate,  said the fact that the board 
has used the American Kennel  Club Web  site and other dog club Web sites 
is 
going to upset some people who   will ask not to be listed so they cannot 
be 
targeted. That will  limit  resources for the general public, as people 
visit 
club Web  sites searching for  information and help.

â??It definitely is going  to have a chilling effect  on information,â?? said 
Capp, founder of the  Coalition of Human Advocates for  K9s and Owners 
(CHAKO).

Capp  _posted a notice  about the letters on the CHAKO blog_  
(http://news.vin.com/Link.plx?IDp527)  and alerted a number of  other  
bloggers about the 
issue, who have also posted  notices.

Capp said it is  heavy-handed of the state to target  people just because 
they are members of a  dog club. She also said  that when she called the 
board, 
she was told that it  will pursue  people who do not respond to the first 
letter with a second letter   and might investigate if that second letter 
is 
ignored.

â??The  problem is  that this is a very Big-Brother type of mentality,â?? she  
said. â??They donâ??t know  whether anyone is a breeder. There are all  kinds 
of 
dog clubs out there. It  sends the message that you are  presumed guilty 
until proven  innocent.â??  
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