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Old 01-26-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
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Default Wilkes Barre City Tax??

Did anyone else get a notice that city tax raised to 3% for EIC?!

I'm pretty pissed off about it.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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Did anyone else get a notice that city tax raised to 3% for EIC?!

I'm pretty pissed off about it.
I always thought Wilkes-Barre residents already paid 3% wage tax. Although that 3% probably includes the school district's portion of the wage tax. So this means W-B residents will pay 3% to the city alone, plus the school district's tax? If that's the case, you'll be paying even more than the 3.4% highway robbery wage tax we pay in Scranton. I'd be pissed too.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
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its for the Earned Income Credit.. I believe it was 2 Percent last year.. but i did get a letter from berkheimer saying it was going up to 3% for 2009. So i'll owe the city another $300 or so.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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You should not complain about tax increases.
All taxes are voluntary and based upon consent.
What you should do is determine how you gave consent.

Specifically, check the State constitution, county charter, and city charter to find explicit delegations of the power to tax, and what the limitations are.

Occasionally, the founding generation spells it out for us.

Virginia Constitution. 1776
SEC. 6. That elections of members to serve as representatives of the people, in assembly, ought to be free; and that all men, having sufficient evidence of permanent common interest with, and attachment to, the community, have the right of suffrage, and cannot be taxed or deprived of their property for public uses, without their own consent, or that of their representatives so elected, nor bound by any law to which they have not, in like manner, assembled, for the public good.
All men ... cannot be taxed without their own consent.
All men ... cannot be deprived of their property for public uses without their own consent.
All men ... cannot be bound by any law that is not for the public good.

The Declaration of Independence says it like this:
Job #1 - secure rights, and
Job #2 - govern those who consent.

If the government is not securing a specific right, then look for evidence of consent. Remember, involuntary servitude is unconstitutional.

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Old 03-18-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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Hello. I am planning on moving to Wilkes-Barre area in a year or less, from Long Island. I know my taxes will be less for sure, but I am curious about the Wilkes-Barre taxes. Is there a city tax based on living withing the City of Wilkes-Barre as opposed to other areas around it? Or is it just a tax if you work in WB? I am looking to semi-retire and money will be very tight, so i just like to know all info ahead of time. Thanks for any help.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL (Logan Square)
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jtees,

if you live in wilkes barre city.. you pay a 3% tax, however if you live in plains which is directly next to w-b city, you only pay 1%. It varies from locality to locality. I prefer to live in the center of w-b city, so i pay for the 3% lol.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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jtees,

if you live in wilkes barre city.. you pay a 3% tax, however if you live in plains which is directly next to w-b city, you only pay 1%. It varies from locality to locality. I prefer to live in the center of w-b city, so i pay for the 3% lol.
Thanks, it probably won't matter in the end...but I always like to know as much as possible before hand. Based on some house prices that I have seen, I may end up in WB anyway. I have had health problems in the past, and I need to walk a lot...so I like to be walking distance to a lot of things. I have looked near ther mall, near Walmart (or walking distance to both) as well as a few other areas...but all within a couple of miles. Thanks again.
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