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Blogging in Philly will now cost $300 for a Business Privilege License.

Gotta love Philly – a midnight blue Democrat city that never found a tax it would not implement. So, if you blog in Philly and partake in advertising, Philadelphia department of revenue wants their cut even if you make no money on this endeavor.

Pay up:

Even though small-time bloggers aren’t exactly raking in the dough, the city requires privilege licenses for any business engaged in any “activity for profit,” says tax attorney Michael Mandale of Center City law firm Mandale Kaufmann. This applies “whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year,” he adds.

So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there’s the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check.

Note, I don’t pursue advertising on this blog and never will. Although, I wonder how this applies to bloggers that accept G-Pal or PayPal donations?

UPDATE: Now would be a good time to remind my local readers that all 17 members of Philadelphia City Council are up for reelection next year. Change begins locally and we surely can find 17 more qualified individuals to run and replace the current council.

Ed Morrissey weighs in on this story, he thinks its crass but legit for the city to demand a license fee. I can’t wait till the city starts demanding a business license for children’s lemonade stands and sundry yard sales that can be found in practically every neighborhood. Like the Cordoba mosque, this is a really bad idea.

Blonde Sagacity looks at the finer point of taxing ‘potential profit’.

First In labels Philly as tax capitol of the world!!!

PaWatercooler has several thoughts on this issue.

Aaron Proctor: Philly’s new blogger tax gouges free speech and free thought

Thanks to all of you who have emailed and offered assistance in changing my blog address. Since I don’t earn any income from this blog via advertising or a tip jar,  I’ve nothing to report on my tax form.  Actually, I’m stunned by the absolute absurdity of this issue.

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10 responses to “Blogging in Philly will now cost $300 for a Business Privilege License.

  1. says:

    How about those that don’t accept Ads? There isn’t really a way to enforce that unless they start a huge fight to circumvent individual privacy.

  2. admin

    I believe the bloggers who were sent notices had reported their earnings, like good citizens. That is how the city tracked them down.

    What about G-pal and Paypal donations?

  3. Trevor Hilton

    So you’ll be charged $300 bucks to exercise your freedom of speech? What’ll you be charged to exercise your freedom to attend Church? Or your freedom to peacfully assemble? Or your freedom to petition the Government for redress of grievences?

    Move to Oklahoma City. The Constitution still applies here.

  4. says:

    You could always declare that you’ve converted to Islam and then Philly would leave you alone.

    Heck, they’d probably pay YOU!

  5. Steve Adams

    So, if I comment on every post of a blog am I a blogger or just a commentor? What if I guest blog? If I guest blog on a blog on a server in Philly?

    This is perfect – keep making everything illegal without permission from the politicians and pretty soon everyones a criminal.

    I think I’ll go create a blog.

  6. says:

    I just dropped my daughter off in Philly for grad school. I have never been there before and I must say… OMG! FILTHADELPHIA is more like it. I read that one million pounds of trash cover the city and I am not sure that isn’t an optimistic assessment. We were heart sick and disgusted by this city of garbage. There were DEAD CAT carcasses in front of Temple University on Broad Street that had been there at least three weeks. ROAD Kill! trash, trash, vomit and more trash. Philadelphia needs to look hard at who has run that city and kick the bums out. They need to look at their budgets and decide the first order of business is raising the morale of the people by giving them a boost in their quality of life. It is like a third world country in parts. If they think charging bloggers $300 is going to solve their problems, all I can say is HA! I am so disgusted by what I saw, I am sputtering…

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    [...] According to Philadelphia-based Midnight Blue, the city may require prospective bloggers to purchase a $300 license due to the “potential profit” that may result from hosting one’s own blog. In essence, it is considering blog sites as businesses. To this blogger, this measure seeks to lump independent media sources into the same category as mainstream media outlets, which actually operate on a profit motive through readership sales, viewing numbers, and advertising. Granted, some blogging software comes with the option to earn a little bit of money through advertisements that could be related to your posts, but it is typically pennies that are difficult to acquire and not worth the $300 fee that the city of Philadelphia claims it deserves. [...]