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A License To Spill September 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Music & Dance.

Dollar-BillsAs cities, towns, counties, states, and the federal government struggle to balance the budget, our elected representatives are becoming more and more creative in their efforts to bring in additional revenue.

Case in point:  a tax on blogging!

Yup, you heard me right.

In the City of Brotherly Love, bloggers who earn income from advertisers will have to apply for a Business License at a cost of $50 to $300!

What is being dubbed as the “blogger tax” is a recent demand by cash-strapped Philadelphia for bloggers to pay $50 a year or $300 for a lifetime business license.  There is no revenue minimum for this tax, so all bloggers who earn any money from their blogs are required to pay it.

Full article:  Philadelphia’s Blogger Tax is a Slippery Slope

I guess Philadelphia figures that if Bond needed a license to kill . . . bloggers should have a license to spill.

Next up?  . . . A license to grill and chill.

What I want to know . . . what ever happened to Philadelphia Freedom?

Guess it doesn’t apply to FREE speech and FREEDOM of the press.


1. deepercolors - September 5, 2010

Well, if they do that I won’t be blogging any more. It’s like the sellers permit here to sell art.
It’s free (different from a business license) but then they can keep an eye on you for any sales. Phooey.

nrhatch - September 5, 2010

At the moment, I’d be exempt . . . since I haven’t earned a dime from blogging. But it bothers me.

Bloggers who earn income from blogging pay income tax on those earnings. That should be enough.

Maybe politicians should take a pay cut instead of reaching into our pockets for more tax revenue.

2. cindy - September 6, 2010

Oh my word, a tough tax to police 😦

3. mizzezmellymel - September 6, 2010

This seems ridiculous…especially if you make less than the actual business license costs! I’m with Cindy…how will they police it?

nrhatch - September 6, 2010

Scout’s honor? ; )

In this electronic age, payments from blog advertisers are probably paid electronically rather than being mailed to the blogger’s address. So policing could definitely be an issue.

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