Monday, August 23, 2010

We bray & bray but nobody votes us out - HEE HAW

Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license
By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
08/22/10 5:10 PM EDT

It looks like cash hungry local governments are getting awfully rapacious these days:

Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To [Marilyn] Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it’s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

Of course they do. There is one thing governments are good at ... identifying new things and issuing rules to tax them with lightning speed.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

“The real kick in the pants is that I don’t even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous,” Bess says.

It would be one thing if Bess’ website were, well, an actual business, or if the amount of money the city wanted didn’t outpace her earnings six-fold. Sure, the city has its rules; and yes, cash-strapped cities can’t very well ignore potential sources of income. But at the same time, there must be some room for discretion and common sense.

"... room for discretion and common sense."   LMAO, Good one, Mark.  I have to ask ... do you REALLY believe there is going to be any common sense applied to this situation?

When Bess pressed her case to officials with the city’s now-closed tax amnesty program, she says, “I was told to hire an accountant.”

Sounds like good advice to me.  Sounds like the city really cares and is advising you according to their level of concern.  Perhaps we need more bureaucrats to avoid messes like this. That's probably the problem ... too much work on too few people.

She’s not alone. After dutifully reporting even the smallest profits on their tax filings this year, a number — though no one knows exactly what that number is — of Philadelphia bloggers were dispatched letters informing them that they owe $300 for a privilege license, plus taxes on any profits they made.

Even if, as with Sean Barry, that profit is $11 over two years.
Wait a minute ... do I detect some indignancy here.  Do you actually think, for one second, that the city gives one flaming DAMN about these people?  On the contrary, my friend, their attitude is more like "They OWE us the tax.  They're just lucky we don't charge them MORE."

Oh, and another thing  ... if they DO come to their senses, don't expect any correction letters to be sent out in a timely fashion. In fact, don't expect them at all.  I'm guessing their whole bureaucracy is teeming with idiots.  Their job is to issue rules from on high.  Your job is to do as you're told, jackass.

To say that these kinds of draconian measures are detrimental to the public discourse would be an understatement.

Yes, an understatement ... not to mention a total waste of time  Do you think anyone will be held accountable for this idiocy?  Do you think the voters will vote anyone out?  The voters will get EXACTLY what they deserve.

1 comment:

jules said...

I made about $85 from birthday cards this year. So should I apply for a license and can I write off my bar tab from that day as a business expense.

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