dc9northwest
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Kansas' Tax On Drug Dealers

Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:55 am

While searching the internet on tax laws, I found something baffling: Kansas taxes illegal drugs. According to the website below, 10 states are using similar laws....

http://www.ksrevenue.org/faqs-abcdrugtax.htm

How does this work? I don't get how they do this... It baffles me. Anyone care to explain... I read the website, but it still confounds me.

Quote:
What are the tax rates for marijuana?
Pursuant to K.S.A. 79-5202, the tax rates are:
* Processed $3.50 per gram
* Wet Plant $0.40 per gram
* Dry Plant $0.90 per gram

What are the tax rates for controlled substances?
Pursuant to K.S.A. 79-5202, the tax rates are:
* If customarily sold by weight (cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.) $200 per gram
* If customarily sold by Dosage Unit (pills, etc.) $2,000 per 50 units

I guess it's an interesting way to make some money... But...
   seriously?

Any explanation welcome...
 
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RE: Kansas' Tax On Drug Dealers

Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:36 am

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I guess it's an interesting way to make some money... But...
seriously?

Any explanation welcome...

According to the article, failure to pay the tax is punishable with up to 5 years in prison. So any drug dealer who gets caught gets another 5 years added to their sentence.
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RE: Kansas' Tax On Drug Dealers

Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:02 am

I live in Kansas and I don't get it. The way it is is that you can go and purchase a "tax stamp" immediately upon acquisition of said illegal drugs, and in order to avoid entrapment and such, you "do not have to give your name" when purchasing the tax stamp...not to mention that the state is something along the 13th largest (geographically) in the US and there is only once place to purchase said "tax stamp" - in Topeka.

Uh....what? I don't get it either, and I live in Kansas.

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 1):
So any drug dealer who gets caught gets another 5 years added to their sentence.

I think they more chase after the fine.
 
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RE: Kansas' Tax On Drug Dealers

Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:08 am

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
How does this work? I don't get how they do this.

Obviously it's a legal formalism that exists to give the government additional fees and jail time when they catch an illegal drug dealer.

Obviously if you are selling drugs illegally you aren't going to bother to go to Topeka and get a tax stamp or send in your taxes.
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RE: Kansas' Tax On Drug Dealers

Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:45 am

The federal gov't requires you to declare income from drug dealing on your 1040. Failure to do this is a crime in and of itself. The gov't has used tax evasion as a major tool in it law enforcement efforts. Remember Al Capone went to jail for tax evasion, not any of the underlying crimes he committed. It's much easier to prove tax evasion than anything else because the burden is on you to establish that the money you have was not income.

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