Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Well, that worked out.

Short lesson in discourse and licensing. Turns out I was registered with the IRS and with the State but not with the County. I'm not sure why, but there you have it. This is not quite the crisis Ugly would have you believe it is. I still don't get why people are so afeared of tax folk, they really are very nice and helpful.

Anyhow, Ugly reported me ages ago but apparently VA doesn't envision it to be quite the earth shattering news she'd like it to be and I got a letter this morning. No one stormed my house.

It basically says we got this info and would you please respond within two weeks and they give you some forms to fill out plus the business license application so you don't have to go digging for that.

If you make below $10,000 a year you don't pay tax, you just file and then cry a little. You also don't have to pay for the license. You do have to pay tax on your PC and printer which I think is goofy but it comes out to about maybe $11 a year.

If you are an Fortuneteller the license costs $500. Just random info I thought was interesting.

My point is the tax department isn't out to get you, Ugly may be but that really doesn't matter. Just explain to them what happened, they are used to people like us not getting the whole thing done or making mistakes. You won't be in any trouble, there's nothing to hide from and there certainly isn't any shame involved.

Check the laws in your county and if you need something you don't have, just place a call. Really, it will be fine.

Oh, and why am I being so public about this? Because we all make mistakes. Because most everything can be fixed and because well, if it helps someone else, then why not? It's not an issue of integrity, integrity is lost when malice is afoot an lies are spread. It's impossible to get back.

1 comment:

  1. Nobody stormed your house? Dang, I was hoping for troops in riot gear.

    Being targeted by a Crazy McLoonyboon is clearly not ideal, but maybe the one good thing about all of this is that online sellers will end up being much more comfortable with the whole licensing/tax/business registration process and realize that it's not such a complicated, scary thing after all.

    By the way, your dogs are adorable!