Taxes?

by victorio, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 20:33 (61 days ago)

Hola
Was at a bar in Ixtapa today enjoying a few beer. Only a few of us there. A guy comes in looking very official with his clip board and receipt book and asked to be paid for the "over occupancy " tax. 1250 pesos. Apparently it happens every month. The owner paid it and got his receipt. Said it was cartel people and nothing he could or would do about it. The joys of operating a business here.

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Taxes?

by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 20:47 (61 days ago) @ victorio

Hola
Was at a bar in Ixtapa today enjoying a few beer. Only a few of us there. A guy comes in looking very official with his clip board and receipt book and asked to be paid for the "over occupancy " tax. 1250 pesos. Apparently it happens every month. The owner paid it and got his receipt. Said it was cartel people and nothing he could or would do about it. The joys of operating a business here.

a small kiosk owner was shot and killed last month because he refused to pay his "protection money"- what was it 20 pesos, 200 pesos?
Tragic!

Taxes?

by Ironwood @, Monday, March 30, 2020, 01:05 (61 days ago) @ victorio

Hola
Was at a bar in Ixtapa today enjoying a few beer. Only a few of us there. A guy comes in looking very official with his clip board and receipt book and asked to be paid for the "over occupancy " tax. 1250 pesos. Apparently it happens every month. The owner paid it and got his receipt. Said it was cartel people and nothing he could or would do about it. The joys of operating a business here.

Hey Victor - you still there?

Somehow, I can't see the real bad guys giving receipts. Sounds more like an obscure bylaw that gives the municipal government the right to legally extort business owners.

Which raises the question: How can you tell who the bad guys are without a program?

Taxes?

by Amiga de Montreal @, Monday, March 30, 2020, 08:03 (60 days ago) @ victorio

Hola
Was at a bar in Ixtapa today enjoying a few beer. Only a few of us there. A guy comes in looking very official with his clip board and receipt book and asked to be paid for the "over occupancy " tax. 1250 pesos. Apparently it happens every month. The owner paid it and got his receipt. Said it was cartel people and nothing he could or would do about it. The joys of operating a business here.

Aren't the bars supposed to be closed??

Taxes?

by victorio, Monday, March 30, 2020, 11:53 (60 days ago) @ Amiga de Montreal

Hola
It is my understanding that some of the bars and restaurants will not close until they receive an "official" letter ordering them to close. So far, they have not received such an order.
As far as the "receipt" for their extortion goes, it is just to show the boys that they have paid their monthly dues.

Taxes?

by Ironwood @, Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:06 (60 days ago) @ victorio

Hola
It is my understanding that some of the bars and restaurants will not close until they receive an "official" letter ordering them to close. So far, they have not received such an order.
As far as the "receipt" for their extortion goes, it is just to show the boys that they have paid their monthly dues.

Ah, the cartels have become so mainstream that they now insist on a paper trail, just like every other successful enterprise? I wonder if victimized businesses can use their receipts as a tax deduction?

Or maybe it's a form of protection, (well, another form of protection), against some other upstart gang from demanding their share of the pie:

"Wadda you mean, I have to pay you guys for "protection"? I already paid. Here's my receipt. Complain to them."