10/07/2009

IRS to join the FTC battle against bloggers?

Posted by The Wine Whore |


As a Wine Whore, I became very concerned to find out about this newest development. Earlier this week quite a buzz stirred up about the FTC imposing fines on internet bloggers who don't properly disclose the sources of their samples/reviews. This controversy is not what I am concerned about. Obviously, this won't be a problem for a wine lover like myself whose whoredom is clearly exposed. Not only do I believe that accepting samples in no way taints my viewpoint, I think that the transparency in my sources and motives enables me to be even MORE honest in my reviews and posts. In fact, the whole process is quite liberating.

I was shocked to hear earlier today that there has been a new disturbing turn of events that WILL affect me. Apparently, the IRS has decided to crack down on whores like myself who accept wine samples. Such samples are now going to be considered a personal benefit which will be TAXED!!!

You read that right!

Now I am going to have to pay taxes on my one benefit and livelihood: free wine. Since I have already received over 200 bottles of wine, this could easily add up to a great deal of taxes which I would be unable to cover considering the minimal revenue coming in from this site. This tax burden could easily shut down myself and all of the other wine whores out there that are just trying to make an honest living.

Help spread the word about this injustice... help rally support against this taxation and keep the wine bloggers in business!



Disclaimer: This post and all of the information contained is 100% fiction. Then again, if you trust EVERYTHING you read on the internet without validating the source or the information being presented, you probably also believe that Michael Jackson is still alive, we are surrounded by aliens, and William Hung actually WON American Idol.

Cheers!



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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have a link to this development?

Tom Wark...

The Wine Whore said...

The link is in the disclaimer! :)

Cheers!

Wine Mark said...

You must have been reading Steve Heimoff's blog.

Hardy Wallace said...

The good part about this development is that they are also requiring that all samples being shipped in the heat of the summer to be sent Next Day air.

8 Women Dream said...

Is this true for books that are sent by publishers for review - chocolates and spices to food bloggers - camera equipment for photo bloggers - and the rest?

Crazy ...

el jefe said...

I would have sent you some Twisted Oak, but I had a feeling this was coming. I'm relieved to not be a burden to you!

Andrea Faria said...

Wait... what? Michael Jackson is DEAD?

Charissa Cowart said...

Haha... wow I was so into this... and outraged - until I read the Disclaimer ;) whew!

Shelly said...

Too funny. I would like to see the IRS just try and keep track, lol.

On another note...

Why no show tomorrow?

Joeshico said...

Should have saved til April 1st.
BTW, if this does come to pass, can one then declare as a deduction any bad wine not drunk or any wine you bought.

Cindy said...

You think it's a joke now, but wait until they decide you should pay taxes. A transaction took place, and the gov't wasn't there to get its cut? Just wait...

Anonymous said...

Well I hope no one from the IRS frequents your site - you may have just given them another revenue idea. 8 Women Dream just elaborated on the idea.. in which created even more revenue.. LOL
Cant have no fun - garshdarnit :)) Guess I'd better release my secret websites...

http://www.winedevyne.com
http://www.jointnt.com/paulajohnson

blindwine said...

Great post! I have a wine blog at www.blindwine.com/blog and yet to receive any wine samples or other gifts but now I will think twice before accepting gifts from wineries.

Thanks,

Team BlindWine

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