Bloggers crying foul over Philly business tax

Aug 23, 2010

(AP) -- Bloggers in Philadelphia are up in arms about what they're calling an unfair tax.

The city's so-called business privilege license costs $50 a year or $300 for a lifetime.

If a takes for advertising, or sells photographs or other goods, it's a business and must pay for a license - no matter how little it makes - plus taxes on profits.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter says it's is nothing new and it applies to any revenue-making enterprise, from large corporations to neighborhood pizza joints and mom-and-pop businesses.

Some are complaining that the fee would impinge on their free speech and would discourage dissent. They also say it's unfair to require business to pay taxes if they're making only $25 or $50 a year.

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ormondotvos
not rated yet Aug 23, 2010
Does this apply to tweets and text donations to pakistan?
tarheelchief
not rated yet Aug 23, 2010
These attempts to control the internet involve revenues to corporations and banks.It has little to do with the issue of privacy unless you are speaking about the right to move unearned and unrecorded cash around the globe without the IRS, Inland Revenue, EU and Dubai knowing what is happening.
I am guessing no one has heard about the changes to Swiss secrecy laws.
tarheelchief
not rated yet Aug 23, 2010
Most citizens know the NSA,FBI and IRS found the obscure bank account in North Cyprus which funded the 9/11 bombers.How much privacy do you have?