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All you people who work from home, listen up. Somebody thinks you’re important.
The governor has suggested reducing or eliminating the gross receipts tax on small businesses with a gross receipts tax liability of less than $200 a month – about half of the 80,000 businesses in the state.
One of those businesses is mine. Wow! I was as happy to hear about a tax break as I was to learn there are 40,000 of us out here.
Who are we? We’re writers, consultants, bookkeepers, caterers, travel agents, website designers – you name it – and we work from home to minimize overhead.
Critics have pointed out that if the governor’s goal is to create jobs, this slice of the private sector is least likely to do it.
They reason that a business paying less than $200 a month in gross receipts tax is grossing $34,000 or less a year, not enough to hire anybody.
That may be true, but it fails to describe the economic web spun by the smallest of the small.
We buy supplies, equipment, office furniture and services.
We maintain vehicles and pay utility bills. Our work sometimes requires travel, and we support the hospitality industry.
When I’m on the road, I seek out locally owned eateries.
Whenever possible, I steer work to other independents or partner with them on a project.
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