Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    BadlandsVikings's Avatar
    BadlandsVikings is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    26,564

    Court Gives Tax Break to Drug Runner

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Dutch court has added a new item to the list of activities eligible for tax relief _ drug running.

    Judges in the central city of Arnhem recently declared that a professional fisherman convicted of smuggling drugs could deduct the cost of buying and shipping hashish to the Netherlands from his income on his tax return, national daily De Telegraaf reported Tuesday.

    "We disagree with the local court, so we will go to the Supreme Court to appeal," said Tax Service spokesman Marcel Homan. He did not know when the Supreme Court would issue a final ruling in the case.

    Homan declined to give further details, citing privacy rules.


    The Telegraaf reported that the smuggler, whose identity was not released, appealed to the Arnhem court after being slapped with a euro3.3 million ($4.4 million) tax bill.

    The court ruled that because he had only been convicted of drug running and not trading in drugs he could deduct the cost of buying and transporting the drugs on his tax form. That cut his tax bill to euro1.8 ($2.4 million) _ a saving of euro1.5 million ($2 million).

    Under Dutch law, marijuana and hashish are illegal but police don't fine smokers for possession of less than five grams (one-sixth of an ounce) or prosecute for possession of less than 30 grams (one ounce). Authorities look the other way regarding the open sale of cannabis in designated "coffee shops."

    But growers are subject to raids and prosecution, meaning the officially tolerated shop owners have no legal way to purchase their best-selling product.

    The case isn't the first time a court's ruling on taxes has raised Dutch eyebrows. In 2005, judges in the northern city of Leeuwarden ruled that witches can write off the cost of schooling in witchcraft against their tax bills if it increases the likelihood of employment and personal income.

    http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/03/27/ap/strange/d8o4ibj00.txt

  2. #2
    mr.woo's Avatar
    mr.woo is offline Team Alumni
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    3,213

    Re: Court Gives Tax Break to Drug Runner

    geez. this world goes more downhill everday. good thing the vikings are here to cheer me up! oh wait...crap
    woo out
    just two corn cobs shy of a bushel

Similar Threads

  1. Reynaud The Runner
    By Marrdro in forum Vikings Offseason/Draft/FA Forum
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 04-07-2010, 05:35 PM
  2. Madden: Peterson a great runner, not back.
    By PurpleMafia in forum Vikings Fan Forum
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 11-30-2008, 11:15 PM
  3. Spooked deer takes 'revenge' on runner
    By BadlandsVikings in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-12-2007, 10:00 AM
  4. Runner fails Gender test
    By Garland Greene in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-18-2006, 08:12 PM
  5. Said In Court
    By Del Rio in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-09-2005, 02:20 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •