In a favourite movie of mine Meet Joe Black, Brad Pit as death said “there are two things that are guaranteed in life Death and Taxes”.
So is the IRS more concerned with death or taxes?
I have been in a constant battle with the IRS since January 2019 the IRS is impossible to deal with, they ignore communications and instead continue to issue meaningless false notices, here’s the whole skinny: –
Until January this year I paid no tax on my small pension from the TRS (Teachers Retirement System). I pay my taxes in Malta and under the double taxation treaty this has always been the case. However, for the first time they suddenly started deducting tax at 30%, now this may not be a whole lot of money as far as most people are concerned but to me was a big slice of my US pension. Fortunately, most of my pensions come from the UK and they remain untaxed as they should be.
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig recently said it was cheaper and easier for them to audit the poor as auditing the rich cost more in money and expertise, he asked the US government to give them more money to commence audits for the rich but for some reason the government don’t want to do that. Conflict of interest maybe? The whole scam of tax and the cost of recovering it could be settled easily with a more transparent and fair way of taxing people. Tax on what we consume, VAT, Power, etc. What is the point of trying to find hidden money, its like searching for a needle in a haystack?
Death and Taxes indeed, well my problems will not be the death of me, in fact perhaps I should send a copy of this deliberately short post to Charles Rettig (long words seem to be difficult for him.
I recently received a post on Facebook from a friend reminding everyone that 16th October 2017 was the anniversary of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. It’s a date we should all remember because if ever there was evidence of the truth she wrote about corruption here in Malta her murder was clearly a red flag.
I doubt there is a country in the world where corruption isn’t happening whether it be government, police, corporate or whatever. I’ve experienced it everywhere I’ve been, from the US, Europe, the Middle East and far East. But Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder went beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed.
We should start with freedom of speech or press freedom. In a world saturated by “fake news” we start to doubt what we read and hear, the people who perpetrate this are in effect trying to control our minds, but that’s only a part of the story. Here in Malta the corrupt officials that this brave woman exposed decided that she was getting to be a nuisance, someone put a bomb under her car to silence her. People in government exposed by her have not acted as citizens should expect of their leaders, and turning a blind eye will only encourage more of these atrocities. Responding to her family’s enquiry as to progress in the police investigation, police responded trivialising it saying they couldn’t give a running commentary on the investigation. This happens to be he name of her blog (running commentary) to me this demonstrates the contempt police have for anyone who expects answers.
Now I’m not suggesting all politicians are involved indeed I know and have spoken to some excellent and honest ones. I love the Maltese islands, its my home! But has it become the first Mafia state?
Is Malta run by puppets of the Mafia? Unlikely you may say, too far-fetched, well think about it. Sicily our nearest neighbour is recognised as being the heartland of Mafia activities, the Italian government continues their fight to try and stamp out their stranglehold. In the American Mafia when a Mafia Don has to hide where do they go Sicily. So, what happens when Mafia gets under fire in Sicily? They come to the Maltese islands to escape the spotlight or taking an obvious step further the politicians here are mere puppet fronts for them.
Malta has suffered enough through history through invasion by other countries going back hundreds of years including the ottoman empire the the most recent attempt was by Germany in WW2. It has always been a strategically important place for trade whether it be legitimate or criminal.
DRUGS When Welshman Daniel Holmes was found growing 5 cannabis for his own use he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 10 years! (He was recently released after serving 8 years). Marijuana has been legalised completely for recreational use in two countries so far, and in many US states and other countries for medical use (as it supposedly it has here), but to my knowledge no evidence that its actually been prescribed is available. Perhaps the people in power here want the trade to be kept under their control as it’s a source of even more money. Many studies have shown that marijuana is more effective in treating certain conditions than the pharmaceuticals given to us from our Doctors. Here in Gozo its rumoured that a local man grows marijuana and openly sells it untouched by the authorities as he’s either protected or the attitude is well because he’s local its OK for him to behave that way. Frenc’tal Gharb a local healer who people came from far and wide for treatment used marijuana to ease the illnesses of his patients. No, he didn’t say politicians and the church, but talk to the older generation who were around in his time and they all acknowledge that he did. Is Malta an “easy route” for the passage of harmful opioid drugs from other counties like cocaine and heroin and then on into Europe? Certainly, again this could be an excellent opportunity for the Mafia to exploit Malta.
But the list goes on.Money laundering, Corporate tax evasion, Human trafficking….
Human exploitation, its an accepted fact that many “foreigners” are exploited here by being paid very low wages. Soon just as almost the entire population of Gozo was captured by the Moors hundreds of years ago and sold into slavery the doors could then be opened for one of the worlds most evil trades “human slave trafficking” in fact evidence shows its already happening in Malta
Sadly corruption is endemic here. Go to Gozo for example and try paying with a bank card or cheque in many places, sorry the sign say’s “cash only” (Hey if the Prime Minister himself is leading by his example isn’t it only to be expected that some of his followers are going to do the same thing). I know many will dismiss my thoughts as crazy, misguided, manipulative or even the raving of a lunatic. But who is being manipulated and controlled here? The government or the citizens, and who is doing this bullying manipulation.
Do we want to be controlled like sheep, do we turn a blind eye to what is happening around us and allow this murder to go unpunished and acceptable? Or as one old Maltese lady said to me about Daphne Caruana Galizia, when I said how sad it was, sliding her finger across her throat saying “she deserved it because she talked too much” I’ve experienced myself what I call the Gozo Mafia and my attorney agreed with the comment I made during a legal case I was fighting. This situation impacts the entire population and if it isn’t checked soon it may be too late. Think about the future, think about your children, do you want them living amongst these conditions?
I’m a amateur at this blogging business but there are others with better resources who will continue the pressure for action and hopefully encourage you to do the same, let your voice be heard.