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The past few days, my Twitter has blown up with movie bloggers going completely ape over Philadelphia’s proposed “Blogger Tax”. According to an article on Reuters, any blog that is trying to monetize in any way (advertisements, etc.) will have to pay the city a 300 dollar fee in order to do so. The rationale behind this is because since it is attempting to turn a profit, the blog that monetizes is technically a business, and should pay for the business license like everyone else.
Now, this is a good idea…in theory. If blogs pulled in half the money that small businesses do, then that’s completely understandable. However, that is not always the case; some sites have advertisements simply to pay off the costs of running their website, or to maybe eck out a dollar or two for do something they love. Save for the bigger movie blogs like Cinematical or /Film, I don’t think any really make enough to constitute having to pay 300 dollars to keep in business, or at least keep the advertising.
This is also flawed because the government in Philadelphia has flat out admitted that they don’t know how many blogs exist in the city, so they are pretty much putting the veil over their eyes and throwing darts at whoever will bleed green for them.
Scary part is, this could be the sign of the future. If this turns out to be a boon for Philadelphia, other cities and states could adopt this and soon enough, Blogger taxes will abound. As you can probably tell from my wishy washy stance, I’m in the middle about this; on one hand, it’s not really fair to a smaller blogger who uses the little money they make from ads to pay for their site. On the other hand, if a site makes a good crop of money, then yeah it makes sense to charge the tax since it is sort of a business, regardless of how they would all like to claim “passion” over “cash”.
What are your thoughts on the Philadelphia Blogger Tax, and do you think it’s a good idea or a bad idea?