ENTRECARD AND ENTRECARDERS: TAXES, BUSINESS, AND MORE HELP

Entrecard is a membership organization that is also a for-profit business. It is decidedly capitalistic.

Okay, I'm a communist — a Christian communist. In fact, a real Christian is always a communist at heart and does his or her best to bring forth communism. Now, that said, I must point out that this communism is not, I repeat, is not, Marxism.

The Christian is never for the violent overthrow of anything. The Christian is never violently coercive. Entering and remaining in the Temple is done voluntarily. No one is forced to enter or to remain. There are rules once in the Temple, but that's not the issue here. The Christian never curses anyone. The Christian always, always and only, blesses souls no matter how far into the dark those souls may be. The Christian never seeks to punish but rather to avoid doing that. These are all terms that are necessarily subject to semantical understanding. It takes much more than a cursory overview to grasp the fullest sense-meanings.

Now, I don't curse Entrecard or its owner or members or advertisers (sponsors), etc. I do want them all finally to become real (meaning, in the Christian sense, Christians). If everyone does that, ultimately all will be set straight in the world. It will be perfected.

Recently, there was a dustup about one who calls himself "EuroYank." This involved whether and to what degree EuroYank violated Entrecard's rules (for which alleged violations his membership was revoked) and whether and to what degree Entrecard's rules were/are proper and legal, etc.

I waded in with no spirit of bitterness or animus. I waded in, in the spirit of helpfulness for all concerned.

During that process, I mentioned that Entrecard's EC's (Entrecard Credits) are U.S.-dollar denominated and salable and tradable on Entrecard and that as such, they are more than likely subject to U.S. income tax. The exact point at which the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and U.S. law would see EC as taxable is something for the IRS to determine and others to dispute in the courts if they are so moved.

This may have frightened and disturbed bloggers, would-be bloggers, and members and would-be members of Entrecard.

Let me say that Entrecard is rewarding members with EC. They will have to do the work to determine if and when they will need to supply members with IRS forms and which forms. Do they need to supply members with IRS 1099-MISC? Does the member need to report earnings using 1040 Schedule C whether or not Entrecard must furnish the member with a figure to report? There is a $600 threshold concerning the 1099.

Would the member's blog qualify as just a hobby, or would it be considered and treated as an online business? Business or Hobby? Answer Has Tax Implications and Making Money Online – When Are You a Business?

The details concerning all of this are too extensive to exhaust here. Bloggers must research. However, before you shrink away imagining that all of this will just add too much complication and red tape to your life as a blogger, let me say that being a legally registered, online business cuts both ways. You report income, but you report expenses too. If your expenses are greater than your income, you get to deduct the losses from your taxable income. You pay less tax that way.

Most home bloggers use their equipment and internet connection for all their personal computing as well, so not everything they use in their "business" will be a business expense for tax purposes.

Just read the IRS instructions to determine where you stand and what steps to take.

I'm not holding myself out here as a tax attorney or CPA or the like. I offer this solely in the spirit of helpfulness.

Blessings To All,

Tom Usher

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    About Tom Usher

    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • Tom,

      I keep re reading the tax code and finding twists in how this whole stink will play out. one thing is sure, if there are monies exchanged, there must be a 1099.

      the irs will come down on anyone tht trades outside of the tax framework; as a tax racketeer.

      I am quite intersted in seeing how Graham plans to deal with this issue, as he has yet to discuss it with the people who will end up having to make the ultimate choice of tax fraud, or drops.

      we shall be watching closely.

      euroyank seems to have been a very valuable lesson in discernment. freedom of speech is a certainty with or without a prize at the end.

      btw, he is still visiting my page.

      Happy Saint Patricks Day

      • Hi RE,

        The IRS has the power (unless the Congress, etc., removes it) to "input" value. It can say all EC are worth x amount of USD. That wouldn't be difficult for them since EC is assigned a trading value in USD already and will soon be being paid to people by Entrecard for EC. People were already selling EC for dollars too. Which will dictate: The declared value by Entrecard or market value? Also, what is an ad worth? That question will be answered shortly too since Entrecard will be selling ad-impressions or click-throughs also to nonmembers presumably. Of course, the market value of EC was already suggesting the value of ads. What's the value of a click through to the RLCC that doesn't result in a donation? It's worth spreading the word. The number of variables involved in the income-tax scheme is as infinite as the IRS and plutocrats choose to make it.

        The server and database necessary to log it all and inform every user that the $600 has been reached would be a mundanely impressive bit of work. Perhaps Entrecard is on target to do just that. I would assume that long ago all of these issues have been contemplated and discussed behind the scenes at Entrecard. This Graham fellow doesn't strike me as being other than a person attentive to capitalist detail. His system does work fairly well considering the complexities and size already.

        As for people "selling" things via the Entrecard shop, it is the individual seller's responsibility to record and report everything legally required. It is that person's or organization's responsibility to maintain (keep) those records long enough to satisfy any audit. That part of it is not Entrecard's responsibility. However, the Entrecard system could become a concern to the IRS if it becomes big and is a platform allowing many people to "cheat" the federal government out of its violently enforced (coerced) tax revenues going to the plutocrat bankers to pay off interest on the federal-budget deficits that they contrived to create in the first place. It's all one huge racket.

        Robin Hood wasn't stealing from the rich to give to the poor. He was taking back stolen goods and monies. It wasn't the Christian method of getting back to the commoners what was theirs as the Commons, but nevertheless, he wasn't actually stealing or robbing those "rich" in the unrighteous mammon.

        I raised this whole tax thing in a timely manner so that people wouldn't get too far out on a limb while being uninformed or left in the dark so to speak.

        Raising this issue now may irk Entrecard, but that would simply be the wrong reaction. It behooves Entrecard to be as open as possible as early as possible. It will serve Entrecard's reputation if it works out as many details in the open as possible. It will not harm Entrecard or Graham if he apprises members of member's personal and business responsibilities. He can always include disclaimers with all discussion information.

        It is standard capitalist operating procedure to buildup something, to get as many people engaged and "invested," for free to the public before springing much on them. The long-term vision is secret.

        The bottom line is getting rich. Graham wants to be rich, very, very rich. He doesn't see anything wrong with that, or if he does, he's not going to say it readily (without much soul searching). He's a capitalist through-and-through.

        I don't know his heart. God does though. I can't say how genuine or not he is about wanting to benefit bloggers versus himself. He may really believe that benefiting them is the way to gain. If he truly believes that, he's going to run into sharks who will find him a tasty morsel. The "best" of those sharks will hold themselves out to the public as benefactors too, but behind the scenes, they devise their wicked schemes to steal the houses of widows. Just look at the cause of the current Global Depression.

        Anyway, one day the people will awaken to see that what I've been advocating is the one and only path. They just don't get it or can't bring themselves to join in creating the Commons that will raise the quality of life for all without any of the dog-eat-dog of capitalism or violently revolutionary false (large-c) Communism (Marxism).

        Just how bad things have to get before the people turn to the real Commons remains to be seen. God in Heaven alone knows the timing. Even the Son of man in Heaven doesn't know, just as Jesus said about when the Temple would be not one stone left upon another, which happened. Only the retaining wall of the mount is left. The temple itself is completely gone — not one stone upon another.

        As for EuroYank, he knows what the memory hole is. He knows that caches are overwritten and blogs disappear, etc. The audit trail to him from comments and links are broken. Only Google has it all and they aren't sharing it with the public (yet). The government can force its way in, but does Google have it hidden just the way the Plutocrat bankers hide what they are up too, despite the recent claims to be ending the banking secrecy laws?

        Did you see my post over on the ning site? I haven't checked my email today and don't know how the notifications are set. I was in a bit of a rush yesterday. There are many, many things to do to bring forth the Christian Commons.

        Bless you RE. Bless everyone, RE.

        As for Saint Patrick's Day, I started wearing orange once my mother explained that I come from the Orangemen. Now that I'm a Real Liberal Christian, I don't make a conscious decision to wear green or orange. I'm not a Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Protestant. I'm a Christian, which means I'm a real liberal (working on it).

        You wrote, "Freedom of speech is a certainty with or without a prize at the end." Well, truth is speech with a prize at the end, and truth is freedom — from evil.

        Peace and Love,

        Tom