You know, I'm never going to be able to afford that A900 I want if I can't get a few more people to hit the black box. (The black box in the right-hand column, that would be.) If you haven't, would you at least consider it? You can choose from one of four levels, from 25¢ a month to $6. Most people choose $1 or $2. I mean, what would you pay for a magazine subscription? That's what you would pay for a magazine that comes once a month, or even once every two months. Isn't this better? I work weekends, after all. Think of T.O.P. like a magazine that comes in little daily increments.
I want you to fully understand where I'm coming from here. Last April 14th, I called the nice man at the IRS, because I didn't know if I had to pay taxes on what I was calling "subscription donations." I described the situation as honestly and forthrightly as I could. He said, "that's not a donation." He described to me (in, um, great detail) what "donation" means in the eyes of the IRS and what I had to do to qualify as a charitable entity, blah blah blah. Then he said, "Is there incentive for them signing up, or is it totally voluntary?" No, I said, it's totally voluntary. "Do they get anything extra for the contribution?" Exactly nothing extra.
There was a long silence. "Then, technically, those are gifts."
Are you, um, getting the significance there? (It took a while for it to dawn on me.) You don't have to pay income tax on gifts.
Can you understand better now why I'm, er, eager to get you to pitch a buck or two a month into the hat?
By the way, if you're some sort of tax ninja and you don't agree with the nice man, don't tell me. Seriously, don't. I won't hear you, because I will have my fingers in my ears and be blabbering "SONYA900SONYA900SONYA900SONYA900!!!" real loud.
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