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.. and I recieved this in my email today.

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THE TAX MAN COMMETH
States Look to Raise Revenue on the Backs of Antique Vehicle Hobbyists

It's that dreaded time of the year known collectively around the country as tax time. With state coffers depleted, the government in Washington, D.C., isn't the only one that's after your hard-earned money. State governments are increasingly looking at collector and antique cars as a piggy bank they can crack open when they need to feed their bloated budgets. In Michigan, the birthplace of the American automobile industry, collectors and hobbyists take deserved pride in preserving these relics of a bygone era for future generations. It is ironic then, that the state which spawned these historic works of art is now looking to capitalize on their continued existence by increasing taxes and fees on them.

Legislation (HB 5897) introduced this year in the Michigan Legislature threatens to change the $30 registration fee for historic motor vehicles (renewable every 10 years) to an annual fee. Under current Michigan law, the owner of an historic vehicle may also choose to use restored authentic Michigan plates from the same year as the vehicle's model year for a one-time fee of $35. The bill would increase that one-time fee as well, to an annual registration fee of $30. Under the bill, each of the registrations would come up for renewal every year on the vehicle owner's birthday. "Supporters of this bill are ignoring the fact that these older cars are infrequently driven; they are second or third vehicles deserving of reduced registration fees," said SAN Director Ethan Landesman. "On the vehicle registration fee alone, this policy represents a 1,000% fee increase over 10 years."

Other states have joined the parade as well. The SAN has tracked the introduction of a variety of new state bills which seek to raise taxes and fees, create vehicle registration surcharges and increase inspection fees to pay for new projects. States raising money isn't the only concern, though. There has also been an uptick in the number of bills introduced which would negatively impact the ability of enthusiasts to partake in the historic and classic vehicle hobby. The SAN has been actively fighting numerous anti-hobby inoperable vehicle bills that would limit your right to work on cars on private property, scrappage bills that would destroy classic cars and parts, and exhaust system bills that would make restorations dramatically more difficult. Fortunately, we also have some friends in government around the country who are active in supporting the hobby through legislation.

It is important to remain vigilant and informed so that together as a hobby we can continue to create victories over bad legislation that threatens our way of life. To stay up-to-date on all the legislation affecting the car hobby, visit www.SEMASAN.com frequently to stay informed, and protect your passion.
Looks like its not only the IRS that is trying to get into my brothers and sisters pocket-books.
 

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Pa. is having plenty of trouble.

March 23, 2010

"If no new revenue is raised this year, the state will be saddled with a structural deficit that will be $2.4 billion in 2011-12 and grow to $12.8 billion by 2014-15."
 

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Well in ky. those taxin rectulars have sent me a $20.00 tax bill on a 10 ft john boat that is a 71 model that was worth $12 in taxes 8 years ago. Must be a really special boat because it's went up in value so much. This bunch of taxin sumbritches are greedy as it get's. They have the bad habit of sending a bill for a car or truck ya had two or three years ago. O, its a computer mistake, but it takes a extra trip to the main office to get cleared up. Bullshat, i,am sick of these greedy scum sucking b-tards. Those motor city folks that are getting screwed by the blood suckers orta go to the state house and take a huge collective DUMP on the steps. Well just a thought. :D
 
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