Monday, February 28, 2005

End of the lapse

Whew! It's been a busy week and I've done the unthinkable ... let my blog lapse. And now it's late on Monday night and any profundity I might have is running on fumes.

But here's an "interesting" fact:

I paid government $1,568.00 late last week for the privilege of buying a new (to me) vehicle. Actually, that was just the sales tax. In addition, I paid $79.00 in B&O (Business and Occupation) taxes (next time you think "business" pays those taxes, think again); $150.00 in title and license fees; $35.00 in documentary fees; and $6.50 for a King County trauma care fee.

Since the vehicle is used, government already collected more than that from the first person who bought it. And since I am likely to sell it someday several years down the road, government will collect money again from another buyer.

Government makes a lot of money when we spend money.


At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Josef said...

Okay Marsha, what did you buy?

Let me take a guess: A sport-utility vehicle? Was it the 8-wheeled Stryker with the remote-control machine gun?

That said, yeah, taxing people for spending money instead of income doesn't make much sense to me. It'd be nice to have a flat tax so that it would be done w/ quickly and swiftly. You know, get it over w/ and make people aware of what the gov't is taking from them.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger RLG said...

"Government makes a lot of money when we spend money."

I think they've figured that out. I make it a practice to keep a car for nine years and look for one that's at least four years old when buying one. This works out okay because of the increased quality put into automobiles--thanks to foreign competition a number of years back. And it saves a heck of a lot on sales tax!

At 4:49 PM, Blogger fm_illuminatus said...

How do you think Democrats are paying for bilingual education for illegals, free hospital care for illegals, and for jailing criminal illegals? With you tax dollar. Now if only they could kick the illegals out and fix the damn roads instead, then I wouldn't mind so much paying 1820 in tax. (Like you, I just bough a new car).... you are in California right?

Off the topic, but arent' bmw's nice cars? I love mine, get yours. :)

At 4:52 PM, Blogger fm_illuminatus said...

Oh geez, your in washington... well, now you know what the problem is down here in cali. (I paid 7.75% tax on my car... what's it up there in washington?)

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Marsha Louise said...

Illuminatus: Washington's car sales tax (at least in King County) is 9.2%. I bet you still paid more for your BMW. I got a Nissan Pathfinder.

RLG: I write a guest column for the Tacoma News Tribune and will be posting a link when it runs Sunday. It has a more developed view of my taxes for the month of February. Total for the obvious ones: $2,771.31.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Josef said...

My parents have a Nissan Pathfinder - gold - and it hauls hay bales. And a fiberglass driftboat. And it's like a 4X4 limo!

Best wishes on your 4X4 limo!

At 2:01 PM, Blogger fm_illuminatus said...

9.2%? Ouch...but they do fix the roads/schools/parks/public places up there right?

You know josef, those stryker's ARE cool, maybe the governator here in California can get them to make a civilian version :) (actaully, he did do it with the humvee).

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