Never Blog Tired…

Written by Scott

Topics: Uncategorized

…or is it always blog tired? I get them, and my words, mixed up. Was up late last night remotely doing a restoration from backup for a client after a long, frustrating day with another client’s software vendor that claimed their software ran on Vista, but heard a few too many times that they’d never run into that error. And then woke up early, as normal, but without milk to have coffee. But I’m not at all complaining about the work. I love what I do and the people I work with and for, but there’s a few things that have been simmering, and if you could only see the blog posts I have as drafts…

But back to the subject, assuming there was one. Let’s talk about one of the most onerous weights foisted on the backs of small businesses by the government (here in WA State–your mileage may vary). Some light reading…

Preface: small firms account for 99.7% of all employer firms, employer more than half of the US workforce, and account for 64% of new job creations.

Sales tax: in WA State, as in most, the liability for sales tax rests with the buyer, yet the government forcibly drafts businesses into service as their tax collectors. Plus, we’ve now switched to a destination-based sales tax, so tax has to now be accounted for based on the clients’ locations (many), not yours (single). This translates into additional time for accounting, for submitting the taxes, filling out forms, etc. And what do we get out of it? Nada. Some might say the “honor” of being able to do business, but I fully reject that–it is neither the government’s right nor responsibility to allow me to earn a living, but a true human right. Fortunately, I have an out: much of the work in IT is non-taxable. I’ve gone so far as to quote the applicable RCW in proposals to clients.