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Looking for Pennies in the Seat Cushions

August 23, 2010 10:22:34.000

This is pretty ridiculous, although with the budget issues that so many cities and counties are facing, I guess it's the sort of desperation play one should expect:

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.

So, what the heck is a "privilege license", and why the heck would a blogger making pennies from AdSense need one?

posted by James Robertson


Re: Looking for Pennies in the Seat Cushions

[Randal L. Schwartz] August 24, 2010 11:58:10.346

The interesting question is, does the city even have jurisdiction? If the web site is hosted outside the city (as it likely is), and the blogger doesn't have a brick-and-mortar presence, where's the jurisdiction?

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