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Citizen Journalists may owe IRS taxes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Okay, I admit, I don't understand what all this means, but it seems to be saying that if you contribute content to a for-profit website, then you, the donor, would owe taxes.
    More, much more, at the link.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'd love to see someone battle the IRS and claim their free prose isn't worth squat.
  3. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Good. Make 'em pay. This citizen journalism thing is the single dumbest concept ever created by a business.
    Gee journalism is fun ... you can write about your favorite team for free. Go at it. Have fun.

    I wonder why Best Buy doesn't have volunteer salespeople. It'd be fun to sell some of them computers and TVs.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Would be ugly if the IRS went after all those companies, but not at all unwarranted.

    I can picture the prototypical blogger/videographer absolutely crapping themselves when they get a 10k tax bill for their hobby. Actually, can I film that? I'll bring my checkbook.
  5. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    so to avoid a potential gift tax, they'd have to admit what they do is worthless? hehehe
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I can understand people doing a blog for free, but why write for someone else for free? I don't get it.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    You get a rush when you see your work published in an established medium.

    Quickly wears off, though.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    It's an honest mistake.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Great. Now what am I going to do on my furlough?
  10. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    The key is making the for-profit enterprises -- Huffington Post, the Fox and MSNBC platforms -- bill the contributors for the tax liability, so the citizen journalists make the link between their free content and the aggregator's revenues.

    If it's just a tax bill, the fools will blame the IRS and immediately contribute another free blog entry whining about it.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You all can write for my website for only $4.99 a day, plus shipping and handling.
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    This is some amazing work by these reporters.
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