Published: Sunday, May 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
@TheRockI feel your pain. Because I am underemployed, I decided to
start a small business peddling my mother's homemade bread. That's
right. I sell homemade bread. You would not believe the hoops I have to jump
through just so I can sell homemade bread. Not multiple products to people in
multiple states. Homemade bread to my neighbors. Well, my one-employee bread
company doesn't have an accounting department either. So when the Utah
State Tax Commission sends nasty letters saying I didn't file even if I
did, and saying that I owe money, even if I don't, I can't just pass
them on to the CFO and say 'here, take care of this.' I have to take
care of it. And I don't even know how! And I sell ONE product! To people in
my neighborhood! It's really no wonder to me why this economy is so
horrible and why so many people are underemployed (like me) or unemployed
altogether. I can't even imagine what it's like to manage a real
business. There is certainly no incentive in this environment for me to ever
Some of the people who commented on this article need to check out the SCOTUS
ruling on Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. It is unconstitutional for a state to
charge a use tax on online purchases when the physical location of the business
is located in a different state. Unfortunately, they also ruled that it can be
changed with legislation from congress. This will be a nightmare for online
retailers as well as the 50 states trying to sift through all the taxes from
everyone in the Country. Sounds like a prime opportunity to let more revenue
slip through the governmental cracks. They are more like crevasses these days.
@CB, Social Security isn't a savings account, and it isn't a pension.
It's essentially an insurance policy against living long enough to not be
able to work. When it was enacted, the average life expectancy was less than
65, so just over half of the people paying into it were not expected to live
long enough to draw from it.
What about illegal is it that people don't understand? Deport illegal
buyers to the states they bought from if they refuse to accept the rule of law.
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