montenido I LOVE California; let me put that out there
But the state taxes
are very different; for one thing; with regard to the property tax issue I faced has anyone ever heard of any other State charging
a city Government Property tax? Cus that seems bizarre to me
Washington's tax dept is actually probably worse; they make businesses charge different sales tax rates for different products; report and pay quarterly The charge sales tax on Gross sales and no or few deductions; so if your profit margin on a widget is 1% or 3000% -doesn't matter to WA they tax it the same which seems pretty darned unfair and they are pretty damned grouchy about it as well - And the state repeatedly likes to Jack up license
registration fees despite having their ass handed to them in a referendum they 'don't get it' and keep raising them ever higher
On the plus side though pot will be legal in a few months so hopefully they will lighten the hell up when they are rolling in cash getting stoned all day long
And about the dumbest one I've seen so far was a $25 "congestion charge" to register my MOTORCYCLE
OK; let me state that in my defense it's been crappy and raining here all day; and my Internet
is flaky as well so yeah I may have spent a *little* more time to be a troublemaker than it would have taken to just capitulate; but here's my reply to the State of California BOE
Dear Mr. Tax-Man
Thank you for your call/email today as well (Cha-Ching!) ; I do indeed have a number of questions and concerns!
Unfortunately I am unable to complete your Authorization for Electronic Transmission
of Data' BOE-82 form. There are a variety of reasons but the primary one is that The Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form asks me for Tax-payor identification information!
Therefore; Obviously I cannot complete your Authorization for Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form simply because I AM NOT A CALIFORNIA TAXPAYOR it is thus therefore not possible to fill out the Authorization for Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form that you electronically via email requested I complete in your electronically conveyed email explaining how you could not communicate with me electronically because the information requested does not exist. (sorry)
With regard to your actual email informing me that I am required to mail you a Authorization for Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form authorizing you to email me electronically;
As you will recall
in our conversation today I merely asked you to point to ANY state or federal legislation that backed up California's outrageous claim that hailing port was required or in fact even "Suggested" to be linked to a tax Jurisdiction; location of a boat; Vessel Owner; an actual "port" or even a Navigable Body of Water
. I have been unable to find any such authority or legislation; Much less how you feel that tying a boat's official name to California in any way would or could possibly incur a tax liability in Washington
that's payable to California. I just don't "get it" so I do hope you can edumacate me on these really simple issues!?
That email explaining it to me is the email you assured me you would send; the email I was hoping would disabuse me of my suspicion that Washington
and California were until recently different places?!? I mean Am I just confused? If so I apologize!
Instead you emailed me (electronically) a bunch of unrelated links that explain the State's arbitrary; capricious; unreasonable; illegal; inappropriate and grossly over-reaching internal policies and procedures. none of which at all remotely even begin to explain the underlying basic facts: Namely that California has no right to tax a Washington transaction - period. I'm somewhat distraught that the entire State of California has chosen not to believe me when I explained what happened up here; in Washington; When I bought my vessel for $6000; but I suppose there really isn't much I can do to assuage the state's incorrect; and frankly silly claim that hailing port = jurisdiction or much less "evidence."
Rather than emailing me to tell me you would be happy to email me as long as I snail mailed an email authorization for Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form; while simultaneously electronically communicating links to irrelevant internal policies and procedures instead of the information I'd asked for (and that you said you'd send me); would not it instead have been easier more expeditious and germane to just include links to any relevant laws passed by your legislature which entitle the State of California to violate the US as well as California & Washington State's Constitutions', rules and internal tax & marine regulations
regarding this matter?
Cuz; you see to me; these seem like pretty basic issues.
You are certainly entitled to ask if the hailing port is accurate (despite the fact that it obviously isn't since "Hollywood" does not actually contain any significant Ports
from which a boat could possibly "hail" From - but I digress)
I do sincerely question however the State's assertion that it is entitled to lien, seize, "require" or "demand" of me to do ANYTHING WHATSOEVER to disprove your obviously false and completely baseless allegations and erroneous tax assessments and stop your illegal and incessant intimidation threats and harassment! I dispute the state's baseless allegations and assessments absolutely and unequivocally. Since "Hollywood" cannot possibly be construed to be a port capable of physically housing the Vessel Oceana; how can you even remotely claim a tax liability or jurisdiction therein?
Accordingly; most of the other documents you electronically communicated to me in your email explaining how you could not email me unless I mailed you an Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form to allow you to email me also don't really apply to this particular situation either.
For example; I certainly I have no desire to "appeal" & subject myself to your own extra-legal internal processes and rules to "appeal" a tax liability that you had ZERO authority to assert in the first place. So that link you sent is pretty unhelpful
As I have explained to you today; and explained to the State of California on numerous previous occasions; I put "Hollywood, CA" as the hailing port for merely for sentimental reasons because the boat does have ties to a famous Disney actor as well as Walt and Roy Disney. Please be advised in advance that when I renew the USCG Documentation next year; I intend to change that port yet again to "Magic Kingdom, CA" again because of the boat's historical ties to Disney (from the 1950's)
However I am curious if the "Magic Kingdom" is subject to a different tax rate? I do look forward to discussing the tax ramifications of the Magic Kingdom Change with your department all over again in 2015
As I further explained to you; "of course" I could quite easily "prove" that I have not lied to the state of California on numerous occasions when you initially unreasonably demanded that I pay you a completely fictitious and pulled-right-out-of-your-collective-asses $5000 tax liability on a $6000 boat who's ONLY connection to California is a vague association with Mickey Mouse, But as I explained to you today; Why the hell should I?
I have asked you to "prove" that the state has **ANY** authority to tax a Washington transaction and you seemed confident that there were "Nexus Issues" so Frankly asking what exactly those nexuses (Nexi?) are?That seems pretty reasonable to me!
If the state reasonably believes that Data obtained by the Coast Guard related to the name of the boat; is somehow more relevant than Data obtained from that very same document about for example my mailing address; again please just explain to me how I; as a Washington Resident; Who Purchased a boat in Washington State; which has been stored in Washington State for *DECADES* am "required" to comply with *ANY* California Law relating to your policies and procedures.
Yesterday I explained to you how much it pains me personally to enforce my own policy; I was exceptionally clear to you in my voicemail that any further communications
from the State of California on this matter would result in a $1000 processing fee and that calling me constitutes your agreement to said fee; so thank you!
Unfortunately; as of today with penalties and fees the state's unpaid account balance is now over $2000 so you must pay your bill immediately or you will incur additional penalties and fees. Please also be aware that We only accept Wire transfers to a maximum amount of $100 therefore please timely make 20 $100 wire transfers to bring your account up-to-date. (electronic payment convenience fee may apply) Unfortunately I cannot change that policy; it's pretty dumb but what can I do?
As always please feel free to contact me; here at my home; aboard the Vessel Oceana; in Seattle
Washington or of course you are welcome to contact me electronically (that is assuming that you might be able to reach a real person with such vast power and authority or of course if you can alter Authorization for Electronic Transmission of Data' BOE-82 form to allow it to be filled out accurately allowing additional electronic communications
As always feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or comments on this matter (after bringing your account current
If you need further assistance please refer to our F.A.Q. located at http://ontheboat.com/suck-it.cali
(requires Palm Pilot Version 2.6 to view)
You may also be interested to note that our website: Oceana | Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made. ~Robert N. Rose
also contains a vast archive of information about ALL of oceana's travels up and down nearly an entire 1/4 the length of the Puget Sound
From Olympia ALL THE WAY to Seattle
that one time!) aside from their content; most of those photos are accompanied by electronic "proof" of location in the form of electronically timestamped and dates photographs; a great many of them show her berthed at various WA marinas
and many are also geotagged with latitude and longitude coordinates
It really is too bad that your own investigation into the State's over-reaching and baseless allegations has not yielded the 'proof' that you are in no-way entitled to but feel that you must have
PS; as a special one-time courtesy to you; if you are able to call Swantown Marina in Olympia and determine that the boat was moored in Olympia like you claimed you would; you may offset a significant portion of your outstanding balance by immediately forwarding ONE additional waste-of-my-time bullshit letter explaining how you've ended your three year long pointless fishing
expedition/gross overreach of authority Witch-hunt. (But hurry offer available for a limited time only) * **
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