North Dakota wants hired pipeline protesters to pay state income taxes

After spending more than $22 million on the Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota wants to make sure any paid activists remember to submit their state income taxes.

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office is keeping an eye out for tax forms from environmental groups that may have hired protesters to agitate against the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline project.

“It’s something we’re looking at. I can tell you I’ve had a number of conversations with legislators regarding this very issue,” said Mr. Rauschenberger. “[We’re] looking at the entities that have potential paid contractors here on their behalf doing work.”

It’s no secret that millions have been funneled into the six-month-old demonstration via crowdfunding websites, and that more than 30 environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, Food and Water Watch, and Greenpeace, have backed the protest.

If national environmental organizations are paying protest personnel, they’re not saying so publicly. Still, Mr. Rauschenberger said red flags will be raised if he doesn’t start seeing W2 or 1099 tax forms from those affiliated with the protest arriving at his office.

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Bob says:

    All states where these “progressive” riots are happening should be taxing the rabble rousers as well as those who hired them. They should get a bill for every inch of damage and every hour of OT the Police have to put in to stop this unlawful, immature, juvenile behavior. On a side note: Ironic isn’t it that Trump promised to put people to work and here they are, helping him keep his promises.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    I see the The Dakota Access Pipeline problem very clearly. It took me 20 minutes online to figure this out. It is the oil pipeline path, not the pipeline, that is the problem!

    The original …safer route was to close to white people in Bismark.

    So, it’s OK to run the pipeline west of Minot and Bismark and then south and twice, TWICE!! across the Missouri river and next to the Standing Rock Reservation water intake.

    What was NOT done was run the pipeline straight south near Milot and east around Bismark and never, NEVER!! cross the Missouri river. But that would be to close to white people.

    Check the map out here. Do you agree the route is wrong? It must be rerouted.

    The Indian’s have every right to protest this!

    Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)

    In this treaty, signed on April 29, 1868, between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Nation, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people.

    A conference was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Wyoming, which resulted in a treaty with the Sioux. This treaty was to bring peace between the whites and the Sioux who agreed to settle within the Black Hills reservation in the Dakota Territory.

    Less than a decade later when gold was discovered in the Black Hills the US Gov. per President Grants illegal order choose to violate the treaty and launch a war against the Sioux.

    >> Custer met his end later, because of it. He was an idiot also.

  • Kx Brien says:

    Well played ND, makem’ dance to that drum beat.

  • Luke says:

    LOL, keep track of these paid liars and protesters NK, lock them up for tax evasion..Bwahahahahaha

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Good for North Dakota.
    The left lives for new lies to propagate.
    Fake news…fake protests…fake climate…fake tolerance…fake marriage…

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      The Standing Rock Sioux are neither Leftist Communists or Right Wing pipeline promoters that moved the pipeline route away from whites in Bismark next to and upstream of the Standing Rock water intake.

  • justinwachin says:

    This is a novel way to raise money. It makes sense. If you work in a state with income taxes you are normally expected to pay taxes on what you earned in that state.

    Maybe North Dakota’s revenue department should send their tax auditors into the crowd to make sure they have everyone’s names and social security numbers. That will make it easier to make sure their visitors pay taxes on their protestor wages. By the way, the employer also probably has some taxes they will owe the state.

  • Honorable Servant says:

    This may be a very good way of controlling the situation out there. Allow the atavists access to a designated safe area to do their protesting. In letting them out there make a mandatory sign up to get in. Request there affiliation and ask if they are paid or on the government handout. Use this information to check on their tax returns. If they have time to demonstrate and are not wealthy they need to be paid. Being paid to do a service is a taxable income. North Dakota should be reimbursed for any unpaid income taxes. This will also provide a database of names and dates so if there is any destruction they now who to contact for reimbursement of damages. I hate the idea big brother is watching but if they want to act like thugs and create a burden on the system the system needs to get smarter about their methods.

  • Estoban says:

    Send the tax bills to the communist, George Soros.

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Arrest Soros for sedition and deport him.

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