Taxes

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Why Can’t Philly Strippers Get The Comcast Treatment?

Let’s call Philadelphia’s tax on lap dances what it really is: A tax on work. Now, you can argue that the work is gross, and […]

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Strip Clubs: Lap Dances Are “American Theater”

We’re frankly a bit skeptical of Mayor Nutter’s plan to tax lap dances in the city, but we have to admit that the arguments against […]

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Strip Clubs Challenge Mayor Nutter’s Tax Collection Efforts

KYW Newsradio reports the city’s strip clubs go to court this week to challenge Mayor Nutter’s plan to collect an “amusement tax” on individual lap […]

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Boobs at City Hall Still Trying To Collect Lap Dance Taxes

As we told you last week, City Hall is trying to make up a shortfall in revenue by collecting back taxes on lap dances at […]

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Wawa May Be Right About Black-Market Cigarettes

In southeastern Pennsylvania, it’s an article of faith that Wawa represents all that is good in the world, while all other convenience stores — Sheetz […]

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Smokers Alone Can’t Save Philly Schools

Out of all the drug dealers in Philadelphia, Wawa has got to be my favorite. They’re always open, never find themselves in between re-ups, and […]

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MAP: This Is How Much You’re Paying in Property Taxes Next Year

Yesterday, the city finalized the rate at which they’ll be taxing your AVI’d property starting in 2014. So the dataheads over at Axis Philly have […]

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Guess How Much Money We Still Owe for Building Veterans Stadium

For its first 10 years, Veterans Stadium was, as its architect called it, the “Crown Jewel of Philadelphia”—hyperbole, perhaps, but at least it could stand […]

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When It Comes to Collecting Back Property Taxes, Does Philly Have Hope?

In March, the Inquirer’s data-laden, three-part series on tax delinquency, by Patrick Kerkstra, essentially reaffirmed much of what we learned from Kerkstra’s data-laden Inquirer series […]

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Don’t Blame Philly for Being So Small-Business Unfriendly

I must apologize to the City of Philadelphia. Just this week, a new survey put Philadelphia #27 out of 30 cities as “friendly” for small-business […]

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How Small-Business Unfriendly Is Philadelphia?

Paying taxes this year made me understand the nut jobs in the Tea Party. A recent study shows that Philadelphia is about as hospitable to […]

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Tax Delinquent Charter Schools Owe $762K to School District

Part of the mayor’s strategy for funding the school district’s $300 million budget shortfall is increased delinquent tax collection, particularly on deadbeat property owners. Ironic, […]

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What’s Worse? Boring Mayor Nutter or Tax-Happy Mayor Nutter?

I swore I was done. I promised I would never waste another column writing about how pathetic Philadelphia is. And how its complacent residents and […]

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Forget the Tea Party. The IRS Should Target Whole Foods Customers

I am so angry! I was reading this week how the Internal Revenue Service was found to be targeting certain conservative groups. C’mon guys, you’ve […]

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Eagles’ Evan Mathis Pisses on the IRS (Literally)

Long before news broke this week that our federally appointed taxmen were monitoring tea party groups extra close, the Internal Revenue Service has always been […]