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involved whether and to what degree EuroYank violated Entrecard's rules (for which alleged violations his membership was revoked) and whether and to what degree Entrecard's rules were/are proper and legal, etc.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? Making Money Online – When Are You a Business?and
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,
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According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":
Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.
Political Campaign Intervention
Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.
Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)