(Brent A. Jones) – Anyone who’s still not sure why so many business owners so despise government and the bureaucracies within only consider this latest example from Las Vegas businesswoman Amy Groves.
Amy owns a real estate and property management company. On January 31, 2017, she was mailed a “Notice of Intention to Seize Personal Property to Satisfy Taxes” by the Collection Division of the Clark County Assessor’s office. The notice, screaming in all capital letters, read…
“THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU THAT YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES ARE NOW DELINQUENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $20.53. THESE TAXES MUST BE PAID NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL LEAVE US NO RECOURSE BUT TO SEIZE AND SELL THE UNIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH NRS 361.535.”
Let that sink in: Twenty dollars…and fifty-three cents. Now, the rest of the story…
The $20.53 isn’t even for taxes owed. It’s for a missed late fee.
And the “unit” of property the Assessor was threatening to “seize and sell” to satisfy this piddling debt is worth – and you won’t believe this – is her business office valued at around $650,000!
Amy called and talked to a supervisor in the office and was told she was reading the clear and unambiguous wording incorrectly. She was told the Assessor wouldn’t seize the “unit” itself, but all of the contents and office equipment found inside the unit.
Valued at around $50,000.
This, I guess, is supposed to make it all A-OK.
The supervisor also told Amy that since the Assessor’s office can’t determine what anything is worth they just take everything and put it up for auction at a later date.
The paperclips, pens and two staplers alone would probably be more than enough to settle a $20.53 bill.
But here’s the worst part…
According to one of the staffers in the Assessor’s office, once an individual’s possessions are auctioned off, the county gets to KEEP any proceeds above and beyond the amount owed!
What a scam. What an abuse of power. And all over pocket change.
The danger government poses to business owners and entrepreneurs – through taxation and excessive regulation – is real.
The failure of various business organizations to effectively fight these abuses is also very real.
That’s why I founded the REAL Chamber of Commerce. Please join us.
Brent A. Jones is the owner of Nevada-based Real Water and president of Nevada’s REAL Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at email@example.com