Philadelphia, oh Philadelphia.
Instead of going after illegitimate black market companies who are stealing American tax dollars, Philly has decided to target bloggers. Yes, folks. I said bloggers.
According to the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, blogs qualify as legitimate businesses and are subject to the same licensing laws required for any business located within city limits. And no matter how great or little the profit, Philly wants its cut from the blogging community.
Naturally, the blogging community is in an uproar about the alleged “bloggers tax” — which, technically does not exist. Although the city does not have a licence or tax just for bloggers, it does require all bloggers earning a profit to register and get a business license with the City of Philadelphia. The license runs $50 a year, $300 for a lifetime. And, just like small businesses, bloggers are also required pay taxes on any profit they make.
For those of you thinking “they won’t actually enforce this” — think again. There have already been reports of bloggers being slapped with the tax. How is the city finding these bloggers? People who reported blog income to the IRS, are being flagged and sent tax notifications requiring them to pay the small business licensing fee.
And watch out kids, Philly is not discriminating by dollar amount. Whether it be $11, as in the case of Sean Barry, or thousands of dollars — all blogs producing profit are subject to the tax.