Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:43PM
LOL!! Slidosam, you have to be careful about detagging your furniture, the swat team might show up. The condo association is threatening $4000 fines for those who do not apply for a professional office no matter how little money they make. The condo bylaws is a booklet 6" thick. This whole mess started when a psychiatrist wanted to use her apartment to treat clients and did not want to pay office rent. Now everyone at my condo has to file for professional license.
Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:56PM
If iStock is all you do...tell them it is a HOBBY!!!
If you are really into photography & are making lots of money at it... then talk to a lawyer.
Posted Thu Jan 13, 2005 8:31AM
I thought that for tax purposes, you don't have to declare income under $500. It seems to make sense that a similiar rule of thumb could apply here. It can't apply to any and all monies received due to transactions enagaged in at home. Would you have to get a license before you could sell your old baseball cards on eBay? There's a big difference between a licensed professional seeing clients in her home to avoid paying office rent and a hobbyist photog selling some images online.
Posted Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:00PM
All furniture has been de-tagged.
Did you take the tags off your pillows too? Oh, and what about the arms in your armoire?
If you are making more than $600/year with photography, the IRS wants a piece of the action. If less than $600, you have a hobby and the condo nazis should be told to get a life. If your photography "business" doesn't cause traffic, extra people, noise, noxious fumes, fire hazards, or damage to the building, you have a great hobby. I vote with Jot & tmccray.
Posted Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:03PM
Condo association now wants to overcharge for everything. Parking rates just went up as well by 45%. I think the condominium has come under new management. Anyone here have a house out in the suburbs of Maryland like Rockville, Bethesda? What are taxes and homeowner's fees in those locations? Location of our condo is nice but expensive. The district of columbia wants to tax businesses for the new baseball stadium as well.
Posted Mon Jan 17, 2005 12:40AM
Ugh, what if you don't like baseball? (A wholly understandable point of view, no? )
Posted Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:46AM
I do not mind baseball, just do not want to have to pay for it unless I am going to a game. I guess the money has to come from somewhere and thats me with $26.10 in earnings so far.
Posted Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:55AM
Working from home is not the same as running a business from home. They are two different things.
Working as a telecomuter is not running that business from your home.... it is being run from the main office.
Selling a few stock photos is not a business as such. If you are a pro photog and rely on the few stock photos to live on, then yes, it is a business etc.
Reality check ....... does the IRS consider this a business and give you tax deductions for your camera etc? If not, then you are not running a business.
Posted Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:08PM
I from time to time write product reviews for epinions.com and make a few bucks at it... is that a "home business"? Certainly not.
I think you need to snag the condo president by the ear and yank them in front of a monitor and show them what istock is, and how many photos you have, and what you make at it. Tell them if they are going to put you through this kind of hell for what you're doing on istock you are going to hire an attorney and sue them PERSONALLY for harassment, as well as call every local news station to let them do a story about what's going on.
Sounds a bit extreme, but I get burned up at folks who pull this kind of junk. It's not Beverly Hills - it's a condo in DC. Tell them to get their noses out of their.. uh... "out of the air".