Business Taxes--How do they work in smaller towns?
March 6, 2014 11:14 AM Subscribe
I am self-employed in Philadelphia and will soon be moving to small-town Michigan. I grok the business taxes here. I can't figure out the taxes there. Specifics inside.
posted by misanthropicsarah to Work & Money (7 answers total)
Right now I live in Philadelphia and am self-employed as an editor. I work from my apartment. I was a good little citizen and got my $300 business license and file my business privilege tax and net profits tax every year. They are very expensive.
Later this year, for reasons, I’ll be moving to Michigan and living for 6-12 months in Benzie County and then moving to Saginaw County (specifically Saginaw Township). For both of those places I have kind of found what looks to be their business licenses (only $10???), but I can find nothing about a business tax of any kind. I’ve looked at the clerk’s office and the treasurer’s office and done random googling using various key words. I find it hard to believe that businesses don’t pay taxes in those two locales.
What am I missing? How do business taxes for the self-employed work in places that aren’t Philadelphia? How do cities get their money from businesses if not by charging them for the “privilege” of setting up shop there? I WANT to pay the taxes I’m supposed to and I don’t want to be hunted down by Benzie/Saginaw if I just didn’t know what to do (Philadelphia hunts you down with a vengeance).
I've emailed the clerk's office but have not received any kind of reply and it's been over a month...