Carbonear to clarify tax for home-based businesses

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Does a stay-at-home mom selling crafts on Facebook Marketplace constitute a home business?

That’s the kind of question Carbonear council hopes to clarify with an amendment to its home-based business regulations.

“We do have some home-based businesses that are more hobby related than actual businesses,” said councillor Danielle Doyle. “For example, right now during our pandemic, we have a lot of people making masks at home. But, is that a business that should be paying business tax? We don’t feel that people who are doing hobby crafts should be subject to a business tax.”

Doyle said the development committee recommended the town’s chief administrative officer draft an amendment to the home-based business regulations specifically excluding those who are making hobby crafts for no profit.

Back in February, the Town of Bay Bulls on the Southern Shore ignited a firestorm of controversy when the council there taxed hobbyists selling their wares over social media. Some hobbyists claimed they were not registered businesses, and as such should not have to pay a business tax.

Still on the subject of home-based businesses, Carbonear council did approve a new home-based business last month, a hair salon on Water Street, subject to all other necessary government department approvals.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News