by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on April 9, 2015 - reprinted with permission
What follows is a written version of the testimony I gave to the joint meeting of the Senate
Revenue and Economic Development and Assembly Taxation Committees on 3/18/2015 regarding SB252.
Good evening Mr. Chairmen, Joint Committee Members. My name is Knight Allen, I am a private citizen.
I come before you today because I am confused. Every time I turn around, everything I see, hear and read tells
me we are a badly divided society. Not just divided, but polarized. The gap between the various factions is so
wide it makes the Grand Canyon look like a tin cup on a putting green. That's obviously true in many, many areas
but when it comes to TAXATION everyone seems to be in total agreement that businesses pay taxes. From the
"Government is everything" zealots on the left all the way to the
"Capital is everything" zealots on the right
and all the shadings and colorings in between everybody agrees: Businesses pay taxes.
And the world is flat. And businesses pay taxes. The sun rises in the west and sets in the east and businesses
pay taxes. The earth is the center of the universe and the sun, the planets and the entire solar system revolves
around it – and businesses pay taxes.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, businesses DON'T PAY TAXES. ". . .
. the profits of merchants are a subject not taxable, . . . . the final payment of all such taxes must fall, with a considerable over-charge upon the
consumer." –Adam Smith "Wealth of Nations” "If you know what's coming in terms of the tax, you will be
able to adjust the price of Pop Tarts or dog food in a way that will be most palatable for your clients or
most profitable for you." –Mr. Guy Hobbs, Chairman Governor Kenny Guinn's Task Force on Tax Policy LV Sun 11/24/02.
"There is no tax that doesn't ultimately get passed onto the
Kenneth C. Guinn, Governor State of Nevada . LVRJ 1/16/03.
Only the Market pays taxes. Only the PEOPLE pay taxes because they
ARE the Market.
SB252 violates the core Principle of taxation in a free society: "Do not tax the necessities of life."
– "Wealth of Nations"
SB252 is a tax on food, rent, utilities, medical care.
SB252 strikes at the people over and over, again and again in all those areas of their lives where they
MUST function just to survive.
SB252 is cruel and vicious because it strikes hardest at the weakest and most vulnerable people who must spend the highest percentage of their income on the necessities of life.
SB252 and any other business revenue tax needs to be rejected out of hand.
Thank you for your time.
Vice-President Knight Allen
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