A Taxing Life

If you own a business, you've probably grumbled your way into accepting the long arm of government into places where you think it should have no business.  But it probably continues to rub.  As business owner of Hill House Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina, I oversee our regular tax payments.

The latest for me was realizing anew, after forgetting about the depressing subject for a couple of years, how the state and county charge me for the privilege of collecting its taxes.  It amounts to about $1,500 per year.

Every month I send both governments a check for the 7% sales and 6% occupancy taxes that Hill House collects from its guests. This is no big deal.  Our guest management software calculates the number with a couple of clicks; the county form takes about two minutes to complete; the state form, about 30 minutes, because I must add in all untaxed online purchases.

But it's the credit card fees that the government pushes onto businesses that grate.  Hill House pays a credit card processing company a commission based on the total guest purchase, including the governments' 13% share.

Does the government refund this?  Can businesses subtract this expense from the monthly tax collection they hand  over to the state and county?  Is my name Donald Trump?

Historically, governments would give independent tax collectors a cut of what they turned over to the king or emperor or whoever.  I don't think anyone wants to go back to those kinds of governments, but sometimes it does seem like freedoms can be running backwards or at best sideways.

Whatever types of frustrations you currently face, you deserve to take a break from it all. That is why we have hosted so many guests. Take a vacation in Asheville, North Carolina, and breathe in our refreshing mountain air.

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