View Poll Results: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

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  • Yes, everyone hurt by the oil spill should be helped.

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  • No, one of the risks of not reporting income is inability to prove it later.

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  • Perhaps on a case by case basis

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Thread: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

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    Re: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

    Since the compensation is ultimately being paid out by BP, I see no reason whatsoever for a disagreement with the IRS to get in the way of being compensated for losses. BP's responsibilities are in no way negated, mitigated or balanced by actions taken by anyone other than BP.

    If someone is dumb enough to claim losses on income they don't report to the IRS, and they get caught, that's a matter to be settled separately.
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    Re: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    They don't need amnesty from the IRS. If they can't prove their claims (for any reason, honest or otherwise), then they shouldn't be entitled to compensation from BP. That's just how our legal system operates; the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. If they can prove their claims, then they should be entitled to compensation from BP and the IRS should audit them.
    Makes sense to me.

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    Re: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    I'm confused. If they have no proof they were injured by the spill how are they going to be compensated? Do we just stick it to BP and say they must compensate anyone who says they were injured?
    As far as a thief being murdered, there are times it shouldn't be prosecuted. If someone breaks into my home to steal from me, I have every right to shoot him dead.
    I didn't say my solution was an absolute. I think these cash-only businesses should be compensated as well as the evidence they do have will let them.

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    Re: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    As far as a thief being murdered, there are times it shouldn't be prosecuted. If someone breaks into my home to steal from me, I have every right to shoot him dead.
    Absolutely correct.

    It's what is known as an affirmative defense.
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    Re: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    What do you think? I heard on NPR that many people, especially in the fishing industry, are having trouble making claims because they were operating on a cash basis, not paying taxes, and therefore can't prove their income. There's talk of an amnesty for these tax evaders, so they can be helped in this time of crisis.

    I have mixed feelings about this. Poll will follow.
    Yes, because ideally, this should be between BP and the people harmed. The government is involved, but the damage portion is not really a government issue even though it has been politicized.

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    Re: Should tax-evading Gulf Oil victims be entitled to compensation?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Yes, because ideally, this should be between BP and the people harmed. The government is involved, but the damage portion is not really a government issue even though it has been politicized.
    So, should BP take people's self declarations of income, lacking a tax return proof, and hand out money to them? Or should they require proof, in the form of a tax return.

    Incidentally, I received FEMA money a few years back, after a flood. The FEMA guy just came, schmoozed, looked around, and basically took my word as to the damage. Nice guy.

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