Business License Fees for Home-based Business

Currently, a home-based business means one for administrative or craft purposes only and clients are not permitted at the premises. Individuals running such businesses, whether they are small scale craft-makers or professionals operating online, are required to pay a business license fee. In essence, a license fee is paid simply to be able to answer business calls from one's own home. In other words, it is a tax. It serves no useful purpose.

Also, it seems that a significant number of individuals use their homes for business purposes and have not purchased a business license. When a large segment of people are not complying with a bylaw, it raises the question of the legitimacy of and need for the bylaw.

This cost places an unnecessary financial burden on and deters small-scale businesses, start-ups and craft businesses. It should be eliminated.

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tagged this with Economy 2014-05-08 14:00:58 -0700
published this page in Policy ideas 2014-05-08 14:00:23 -0700