Susan Clause and her husband ran a small business in Springfield Illinois selling classroom supplies to teachers and non profit organizations. The business survived her bout with luekemia, it did not survive harassment from the Democrat/Union run State of Illinois.
For 10 days last month, a state auditor camped out at their store – sitting at one of those tiny little children’s tables – reviewing three months of receipts.
And that’s where the problem began.
You see, Ergadoo is the sort of business that has many nonprofits as customers – schools, churches, nurseries.
Those types of organizations don’t have to pay sales taxes.
So, teachers, church secretaries and principals often come in bearing letters from the Illinois Department of Revenue declaring their organizations’ sales tax exemptions.
Clause and her husband dutifully record the transaction – along with their tax exemption number.
Sounds good, right?
Well, no. The Revenue Department says that’s not good enough.
Clause said the Revenue Department told her it’s her store’s responsibility to determine where the customer’s money comes from.
“How am I supposed to prove if someone comes in with a $20 bill and a tax-exempt letter whether that money is from a school’s petty cash fund or someplace else? I can’t. No one can,” Clause said.
What is it about Illinois that makes me suspect someone in the Department of Revenue or the State Legislature has a “friend” in the teacher supply business that needed a little less competition?
I am depressed now, and need to watch adorable kittens do cute things.