# # Reporting Income
APLawrence.com -  Resources for Unix and Linux Systems, Bloggers and the self-employed

Reporting Income

I've removed advertising from most of this site and will eventually clean up the few pages where it remains.

While not terribly expensive to maintain, this does cost me something. If I don't get enough donations to cover that expense, I will be shutting the site down in early 2020.

If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Some material is very old and may be incorrect today

© December 2005 Tony Lawrence

How many times have you been asked "Is it less if I pay cash?" or had someone else offer to reduce their charge if you can pay cash?

I know some people think I'm incredibly naive, but that ticks me off. I report every dime of income, cash or otherwise, and I think people who don't are very, very wrong.

I understand that the tax system has elements of corruption, that it is stacked toward the rich, that we in the middle class bear an unfair burden. I just can't extrapolate that to justifying dishonesty.

It is dishonesty, and it's not just the tax collector these people cheat. It's all the rest of us who are honest: we get cheated also because ultimately we'll have to make up for what the "under the table" people didn't pay.

I'm all for creative deductions: if you feel something should be deductible, go for it. The worst that can happen there is that you are wrong, which isn't criminal. It might be stupidity, but a lot of the tax code is confusing and subject to interpretation, so I don't get quite so upset when someone tells me that they deduct their golf club fees as a business expense. Maybe it really is, and maybe he can justify that. But how are you going to justify not reporting cash? You can't claim you thought it wasn't really income, can you?

Report the income, and pay the taxes. If your balance sheet is so tight that you can't afford to pay the taxes, you need to make changes somewhere else.


If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Got something to add? Send me email.





(OLDER)    <- More Stuff -> (NEWER)    (NEWEST)   

Printer Friendly Version

->
-> Reporting Income


Inexpensive and informative Apple related e-books:

Take control of Apple TV, Second Edition

Take Control of Preview

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition

Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12





More Articles by © Tony Lawrence





Printer Friendly Version

Have you tried Searching this site?

This is a Unix/Linux resource website. It contains technical articles about Unix, Linux and general computing related subjects, opinion, news, help files, how-to's, tutorials and more.

Contact us


Printer Friendly Version





It's a wonderful, wonderful opera, except that it hurts. (Joseph Campbell)




Linux posts

Troubleshooting posts


This post tagged:

Business

Opinion



Unix/Linux Consultants

Skills Tests

Unix/Linux Book Reviews

My Unix/Linux Troubleshooting Book

This site runs on Linode