With this article, Publetariat premieres its new Business End department, and resident tax expert Julian Block. Indie authorship is a business, after all, and it’s important for indie authors and small imprints to keep on top of tax matters.
Internal Revenue Code changes have averaged one per day over the past eight years — with 500 revisions in 2008 alone and 235 in 2009. Who’s counting? Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, announced the statistics in her annual report to Congress. An independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service, the Taxpayer Advocate Service helps taxpayers resolve complaints with the agency when problems cannot be resolved through normal channels.