In the plating business, there are lot's of chemicals discharged into the sewage and companies are accountable for that discharge with the local sewage district.
In any event, this owner was telling me that their system kept going off for unusually high levels of phosphorous in their discharge; something not related to their production. No one could figure out where this discharge was coming from, until one day the plant foreman walked by a utility tub and saw some aprons soaking in your common everyday laundry detergent and that was the cause of the alarms.
He made the point that if your everyday consumer had to abide by the laws of businesses, there would be riots in the streets.
The same is true of lawn treatments. You can go to Lowe's and dump as much fertilizer, insecticide and herbicide in your yard but if a lawn treatment company does the same; there will be fines and licenses revoked.
In addition, you sit in your home with your $30 a month phone line, while a commerical business line is $65 a line. Your high speed line is $30, mine is $70. Your utility rates are capped by PUCO, a small business gets no such treatment.
What about taxes? You file a federal, state, and local income tax return a year, what about businesses?
Tax Girl has a post on the PA amnesty plan...........
I’ve also assumed that returns are required to be submitted quarterly. For some businesses, the requirement is for monthly filings – boosting the number of returns due by an amazing twenty-four additional submissions per year.
So, just for the basics, a small business can expect to pay up to – and in some cases more than – forty-three tax returns. In one year.
Do you think it’s possible – just possible – that a small business owner might miss one or two? Or three or four?
Does that make him or her a scofflaw? I say no.
But you don't have any compassion for that small business guy because he probably makes too much money.