Heads up, bloggers. They could be coming for you (or me) next.
The city of Philadelphia is requiring some bloggers to buy a $300 business privilege license and pay taxes on any income. Currently they’re going after anyone who reports any income from a blog. Even if, as in a story in Philadelphia Citypaper, it’s only $11 over a two-year period. Now, of course, people will be more selective about reporting little odds and ends of income. But in such cat-and-mouse games, a determined cat usually wins sooner or later.
WordPress bloggers are probably safe for now because WP doesn’t allow ads, but there’s no telling how many personal blogs are out there running, say, Google AdSense ads — little ads that generate a few cents of income every time they are clicked on.
So there goes another little piece of our Internet freedom. Will kids’ lemonade stands be next?