Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A New Tax Form For Freelancers

Happy tax day. Or as we self-employed types call it, "business in a box" day. If you're a full-time freelancer, you've been sobbing into your bag of Doritos as you compare your current income to the glory years of the early 2000s.

Well, Sam Potts of The New York Times is here to cheer you up. Potts has created a new tax form for freelancers. I like his tax form a lot better than the real one. One of my favorite lines: "If you do not Twitter, you do not qualify as a freelancer and may not use this form."

Hahaha. Actually, forget Twitter. Media freelancers are spending their time on LinkedIn, where they're debating hot topics such as "What was your worst typo?" and "How important is a journalism degree to a career in newspapers and other media?" Another popular thread is, "Homonym/homophones (same sound words) i.e., their or there, buy, by, or bye, and hundreds more, are often misused. Have you ever misused one?"

It's clear that many freelancers have too much time on their hands if they're hotly debating homonym use and the value of a journalism degree for hours on end. This recession has given freelancers more time to obsess about, oh, pretty much everything. The navel gazing is getting pretty intense on LinkedIn. So maybe Mr. Potts is doing us all a huge favor by reminding us that freelancing can be fun, or at least damn funny.

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