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Monday, April 11, 2011

‘Farm Aid’ For Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi?

(By Mike Opelka, The Blaze) - Why is the nearly-bankrupt state of New Jersey providing ‘Farm Aid’ to multi-millionaires like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi?

Springsteen and Bon Jovi, two of the biggest names in New Jersey as well as rock and roll have often been called ‘average Joes’, and ‘working man’ types of rockers. But they travel the world in private planes, work when they want to work, and live in mansions surrounded by electronically-monitored gates that most of their fans can only drive past, hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

Springsteen and Bon Jovi are also gaming the system in New Jersey by claiming special ‘farm exemptions’ in order to avoid paying the typical taxes on their property.

  • Thanks to a tax exemption for beekeepers Bon Jovi pays a paltry $104 dollars on 6.8 acres of land in Monmouth County.

  • Springsteen also found a favorable exemption to help him avoid the standard tax rates on the 200+ acres he uses as a buffer zone around his three-acre home. Because an organic farmer works part of the land, Bruce is charged less than $5000 each year.

Neither of these gentlemen are doing anything illegal. Their tax filings are within the law.

The New York City Fox affiliate filed this report in February, explaining it quite clearly:


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