The Center for Immigration Studies reported on Oklahoma’s recent efforts to tax remittances.
Oklahoma is the only state in the Union to tax this sizeable outflow of money. Most of this money is produced by working illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants and some drug dealers.
At the moment, the Sooner state places a fee of 1 percent on all outgoing wire transfers.
The fee acts as a withholding tax against the state income tax. However, for those who remit money and also pay income tax, this fee does not act as a tax. But due to the fact most of the transfers are outside of the state tax system, these fees act as a de facto tax on untaxed income.
It should be noted that there are not as many illegal aliens in Oklahoma compared to other states. CIS points out that if such fees were set nationally, at 2 percent for example, they would bring in more than $3 billion annually to the federal government. According to Pew Research Center estimates, 2017 remittances from America were more than $148 billion.
Sadly, Trump has not made any effort to implement a national remittance policy.
Conservative commentators such as Michelle Malkin lament this.
She tweeted, “Oklahoma continues to do what @realDonaldTrump promised he would do 3 yrs ago: tax remittances. Last year, OK collected $13 million fees on such money transfers. FYI: In 2018, nationwide remittances from illegal & legal alien workers in the US to Mexico totaled $34 billion.”
Oklahoma continues to do what @realDonaldTrump promised he would do 3 yrs ago: tax remittances. Last year, OK collected $13 million fees on such money transfers. FYI: In 2018, nationwide remittances from illegal & legal alien workers in the US to Mexico totaled $34 billion. https://t.co/JFDHaGAj5l
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 6, 2020
The Oklahoma State Tax Commission’s most recent report for the year 2018-2019, reveals wire transfer fee receipts of $13,147,000, which was an increase from the total $12,874,000 collected two years prior.
The only other state in which a similar fee is being considered is Georgia. An activist, D.A. King, is currently championing a remittance measure for is state, arguing that this would be an easier way to collect about $100 million annually without having to raise taxes on tax-paying voters. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce opposes this effort.
For the time being, it looks like states will have to pick up the slack for the federal government’s inaction on remittance policy.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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