Bloggers In Philly Need Business License

Philadelphia has sent letters to bloggers telling them they need a $300 business license to continue blogging. This is not for all bloggers, just those who showed some sort of income from their blogs. Most folks who reported income (from ads and such) reported only a fraction of the $300 amount the city wants from them.

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.

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

Looks like the city decided to get in on the action by looking at people who earned a few dollars from blogging and honestly reported it on their taxes. The city looked at the income and thought, “gee, we can scam these people out of money by forcing them to get a $300 license.” What a great way for the city to get more money without having to provide a service or actually do anything to get the money. Then again, that describes government to a tee.

All Philly is doing is ensuring it will get less money. Smart people will pull the ads from their websites and stop making money from their blogs. Then, they don’t need the license and the city will not get any revenue from taxes on reported ad income.

Look for this to come to other cities (particularly those run by Democrats) because government (particularly Democrats) loves to screw people out of their money.

For those who make a moderate amount of money blogging there might be a better way to screw Philly over in this. If these people pay for a license they will be considered a business. Then they can write off all kinds of business expenses like hosting fees and their home office space. There are calculations involved but since Philly said blogging was a business any time spent blogging would be used to calculate the percentage of time a study is used as part of the business. The bloggers could also deduct the depreciation of the equipment used for blogging.

If this is planned very carefully bloggers with a business license could write off lots and lots of money, certainly more than the $300 license fee. Then Philly would get less money than it anticipated and the reduction would be legal and made possible by the greed of the city.

It does not get any better than when you can screw the same government that tried to screw you.

Cave Canem!
Never surrender, never submit.
Big Dog


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6 Responses to “Bloggers In Philly Need Business License”

  1. The Chick says:

    Our wonderful jerk-off mayor will find a way to collect even if the residents take down their advertising – he’ll most likely hit you up for all the past revenue (be it .10 or $10.00) Gotta love this City – can’t remember when we had a mayor that actually knew how to run the local government. Each one gets worse. I miss Rizzo !

  2. Virginia says:

    Yep, greed and talking about getting screwed, this video may be the biggest scam ever pulled on the American people

  3. Virginia says:

    “Why Didn’t Michelle Obama Travel To Saudi With Her Husband On Such A So-called Historical Day?”
    He could not take her because a Muslim is not allowed to take women with him when on official political business, according to Sharia Law. Convenient. Bush took Laura with him because he is not a muslim. Obama did not take Michelle because he is!

  4. Blake says:

    Philly needs its vig- you doesn’t pay up, we gonna haveta break you knees.

  5. License to Bribe says:

    We all remember the TV show “Roots” could this have been the real inspiration for AmeriChoice Health. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0)– GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002
    In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for free chickens as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION – April 1, 2003 Apr 1, 2003 … Just don’t tell him about the “Chinese health balls.” ….. In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted … New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general….. Falling on his sword, Welch announces he’ll give up most of the perks,…

    2009 and 2010 $120,000 from your tax dollars at work
    Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming pools. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet, they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal State Governments as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share of the market place. This is also not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars yet it happens.What does it really cost the City of Philadelphia to receive this money? Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption over the years yet seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? Sorry must apologize just received a notice that AmeriChoice Health was under the impression they thought they were suppose to have started their very own stimulus and economic program package and the one they implemented, they had no idea it violated all the Stark ,Health and Kickbacks laws. Some one will have to notify the following departments it was all a mistake or error in judgement, the Department of Justice, CMS, Dept of health and Human resourses,the FBI,and IRS, and any other agency effected by this tragedy or unfortunate misunderstanding. No harm, no fowl, forgive and forget, OK, then how about some coupons for a free whole fried chicken…..

    Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid rograms, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs.The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program.

    If this were any one person not a corporation they would be in jail now, if the FBI were called in on this matter they would be in jail now, if the IRS were notified they would be in jail now. Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company that laws and rules no longer apply for them.This role is nothing new for the AmeriChoice people and its been going on for years, look at some of the prior news articles that date back for years only now they can afford to hire the best of Law firms and give the most for Political contributations all on the back of the taxpayer. Sure the Laws have become tighter but you can still dance away their problems.

    Three years ago they were reported to these Federal agency’s and as of todays date not only were they allowed to continue doing business but were never charged once. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure,limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat existed. Even with the vast changes in the laws and budgets,a hands off policy remains, you tell me what’s wrong with this picture? The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money to pay for bribes and kickbacks, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal government. Should your tax dollars be held to a higher standard? Should the government agencys responsible for there review be held to that same standard?Should the IRS audit their corruption? Why has this company not been charged? How long can the buck be passed here in more ways then one? Hey, it’s your tax dollars don’t complain now then don’t complain later.