Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Detroit Sues Bedrock For Tax & Voter Fraud?

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Detroit v. Bedrock
Just throwing it out there....in the spirit of fuchsia.

City of Detroit sues Bedrock for info on any tax-evading tenants

The City of Detroit is taking its campaign against tax evaders another big step forward by reportedly suing businessman Dan Gilbert's Bedrock real estate arm for tenant information.

If Bedrock real estate is allowing its residents to rent using residency outside the City of Detroit to assist in avoiding income tax, well, could not this fraud scheme also be applied to absentee voting?

The city has contended for years that many residents who live in the city evade the city's residential income tax by claiming residence in the suburbs.

People have been using residency outside of Detroit for years, due to all that redlining in auto insurance.  It is substantially cheaper to insure a vehicle north of Eight Mile.

The city has now sued Bedrock to get tenant information on several of its properties. The city alleges that Bedrock has withheld the information for the past year despite city requests, Michigan Radio said in the first report of the lawsuit.

NOTE TO SELF: Get copy of the complaint.  The city may have sued the wrong Corporate Shape Shifter considering the fact that there are 119 corporate entities with the name "Bedrock".

Gilbert issued a statement citing issues of privacy of tenants as a reason for not providing the information the city wants.

Well, he does have a point.

"The City of Detroit has asked our commercial real estate company, Bedrock, to provide it with the confidential personal information of all of our residential tenants, including their Social Security numbers and employers," he said in the statement.

Technically, considering it is public information that can be easily obtained from the elections data, is it not possible to cross check?  I mean, does not NPG VAN have this information, just in case the data from the City Election Clerk's Office was corrupt.

"We do not believe we have the legal right or contractual permission to release the highly sensitive personal information of all our tenants to any third party, including any governmental entity, without the tenant's consent to do so, or a constitutionally valid final court order. … We value the strong relationship our organization shares with Mayor [Mike] Duggan and our city government partners. We have a dispute over this issue, and in this situation the privacy rights of our tenants must take priority."

Perhaps, the City sued a "working group" that was not in existence during the time of the actions or inactions.  Sounds like a Mueller Ham Sandwich to me.

Last time I checked it was okay for the City of Hamtramck to release personal income tax information to the public and nothing was done about it outside the courts.

Hamtramck Whistleblower Settlement Produces Possible Public Corruption


The city's efforts come about a year after officials first told the Free Press the city was cracking down on tax evaders living or working at 33 properties in the downtown and Midtown areas including New Cadillac Square Apartments and Broderick Tower, two properties sued last year by the city.

New Cadillac Square Apartments
I wonder who was named in the lawsuits because there are lots of different registered "owners" of those properties, just saying, you know.

Broderick Tower
In those earlier lawsuits, the city said it believed "many residents" living in the city were using the suburban address of a relative or friend "for purposes of obtaining lower auto insurance rates and/or the purpose of avoiding city income tax liability," the Free Press reported in April.

Everyone does it.

Claiming a suburban address can help avoid the city's expensive auto insurance rates. Detroit has some of the highest insurance rates in the country.

Detroit's income tax rate for residents is 2.4%. Nonresidents who work in the city are required to pay a rate of 1.2%. Businesses pay a 2% rate. In total, 23 cities across the state have an income tax.

City Treasurer Christa McLellan recently told the Free Press that the scope of the crackdown on tax evaders, which began in 2015, has since widened to include more than 50 properties across downtown and Midtown.

Is it just me or does anyone see federal income tax violations here?  I believe this is a job for #Superfans...who are probably already on it, but hey, what do I know?

"The city is pursuing passage of a regulation to require landlords to annually report tenant rolls to the city's tax compliance branch and we continue to review tenant information to identify non-filers in the apartments and lofts in the city," McLellan told the Free Press in April. "In addition, the city continues robust collection activities across all industries in an effort to enhance tax compliance.

This would be a good initiative to stop human trafficking.

Legal action is used only when voluntary compliance fails."

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