(Topic ID: 57749)

oh oh! In trouble with the CITY for selling games on CL


By eXidy

6 years ago



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    #41 6 years ago
    Quoted from playernumber4:

    Tell them to FO and write you a ticket. They have to prove in court that you are running a business out of your home. Bring in your tax return to show the judge you are not running a business. I've done code enforcement work for years since retiring from the PD and that charge against you would not hold up in court. We would not even be able to get a warrant authorization on it unless we could prove you had employees. I had one guy who had two commercial trucks (one in the garage and one parked in the driveway) at his house from 6 PM till 6 AM, and two of his obvious employees vehicles parked in the street during the daytime hours. I still could not get a warrant charging him with running a business out of his home. An allegation is one thing....having proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" is another. And once you get a business license you are just asking for more problems usually.
    Your are enjoying your "hobby" and have the freedom to move games about as you please. Just because a commercial truck might be dropping off games does not mean you are running a business. Your neighbors get furniture delivered from shippers don't they?
    Just remember....its your hobby. So the city will not be able to prove you are running a business unless one of the neighbors shows up to testify that you told them you do it for profit. One of your neighbors had to complain for the warning to be issued. Doubtful your neighbor would "out" themselves over it.
    Worst case scenario is renting a space somewhere. Once you get a business license you might have to show a tax return, get a tax ID number, prove insurance, start an LCC etc. And even with that your neighbor might call the IRS and allege you are evading taxes. And if the city changes it ordinances later to not allow a business license out of the home you are screwed. Nip it at the bud and tell the city to take you to court and prove it.
    Worst case scenario is what??? A $100 fine? I'd gamble on winning for a hundie.

    ^^^^ Forget the business license, and do what this guy says

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