Friday, August 14, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY THREATENS TO DENY E-TAX REFUND FOR TELEWORKERS AMID CORONAVIRUS!!!
Continued Kansas City coronavirus precautions, mandates and social distancing orders have created unintended consequences and a devastating threat to this cowtown's biggest source of revenue: The Earnings Tax.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS FEAR MASSIVE PUSH BACK FROM TELEWORKERS AGAINST THE E-TAX!!! ACCORDINGLY, CITY HALL IS NOW DEVELOPING E-TAX GUIDES/THREATS/WARNINGS TO EXPLAIN/ARGUE THAT PAYMENT IS STILL REQUIRED IF EMPLOYERS ARE BASED IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Evidence . . .
Behind the scenes Kansas City is taking guidance from STL given that "the Lou" has already announced plans to deny refunds to remote workers.
Noncity residents working remotely because of the pandemic are not eligible for refunds, said Tom Vollmer, an STL deputy collector for the city’s revenue department.
“They are still working from home, accessing a city-based business,” Vollmer said. “They are accessing the databases and using their computers and stuff from home.”
Of course, the KCMO is going to start with a polite but firm series of letters to local businesses encouraging them to smack down workers who gripe about paying the E-tax.
Translation . . .
THAT'S RIGHT, KANSAS CITY STILL WANTS E-TAX EVEN IF WORKERS NEVER SET FOOT IN THIS COWTOWN!!!
Previously, tax fighters had hoped that telework would provide an e-tax loophole but the brilliant legal minds at City Hall are now ready to challenge that assertion when telework is connected and facilitated by a company within city limits. And so those pointless Zoom meetings might cost many locals dearly.
Of course, this will INEVITABLY become a legal debate . . . Don't trust TKC with tax advice because we are NOT giving any . . . This post merely offers the FIRST preview of a fight that teleworkers will be forced to undertake with employers, accountants and City Hall.
Developing . . .