"As a US company, we’re required by US law to collect taxpayer information from hosts who appear to have US-sourced income. To add your taxpayer information, go to your Payout Preferences and complete the appropriate form. It only takes a minute or two!"
- Why is Airbnb requesting my taxpayer information?
How Airbnb marketing strategy represents it
"It's easy! This stuff only takes 2 minutes!!" (MAKE MONEY FOR US!!!!!)
How the U.S. government thinks of it
Fine print: Oh, and you should really take the time (probably longer than 2 minutes) and expense to consult a tax professional. And at least familiarize yourself with the U.S. tax code especially with regards to federal, state, and local requirements regarding real property rental -- try this lovely IRS publication for some light bedtime reading. Don't have the first clue what the heck depreciation is and how it may apply to your Airbnb activities? This handy 112-page guide will help (don't forget Form 4562)!
Which will you f...
Or: Tightwad capitalism and its stranglehold on both social and economic progress
Not everyone is destined to be an alpha overachiever. Even if they aspire to it, not everyone can be a CEO, or successful entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, coding genius, etc. etc.
So, what do "the rest of us" deserve?? How should resources be distributed?
Do we all share a responsibility to give back in proportion to the benefits we’ve accrued from a robust public sector? Or is wealth on an endless snowball upwards towards less recently laboring capital and an endless downward spiral further into poverty on the other end of the continuum as the boot that expects you to be grateful digs its heels in sharper?
And then the very real and troubling (and often ignored) concern about wide swaths of a human distribution essentially being written out of the dream of American progress. It’s like we’re Danny —— exasperatingly slowly finding out that we’ve been written out of the will since the 70’s.
What of America...