Hey bloggers! Philly wants you to buy a license

Philadelphia bloggers were abuzz this week about a citywide move to crack down on citizens running a business without a license — which includes any local bloggers running ads on their sites.

The weekly Philadelphia City Paper kicked off the kerfuffle with an article spotlighting several small-scale bloggers who were startled to receive letters from the city demanding that they shell out up to $300 for a license allowing them to operate a local business. One of the recipients had raked in a whopping profit of $11 over two years from his blog.

“Personally, I don’t think Circle of Fits is a business,” music blogger Sean Barry told the newspaper, commenting on his minimally lucrative venture. “I don’t think blogs should be taxed unless they are making an immense profit.”

But in Philly, anyone “conducting commercial activity” is required to buy a business privilege license that costs $300 for a lifetime, or $50 per year. Businesses must also pay taxes on any profit they make.

Read more of this CNN Money article by Julianne Pepitone by clicking here.