Small biz feeling pinch as Philadelphia ups tax collection efforts [Links] - Technical.ly Philly

Business

Jul. 11, 2014 8:46 am

Small biz feeling pinch as Philadelphia ups tax collection efforts [Links]

Why the city is seeking to boost collections. Plus: the case for non-coders in the civic hacking scene, and what Vox Media built during its recent Hack Week in Philly.

PhillyDeals: To help schools, city pressures small businesses on taxes [Philadelphia Inquirer]: “The school tax for S-corps has been on the books for years, but ‘the school district’s need for revenue has increased enforcement,’ Frank Paiva, chief counsel to the city Revenue Department, told me. For a long time the city found it tough to tell who was an S-corporation. But while Pennsylvania legislators have stalled city tax reforms and trimmed public school grants, state tax collectors have begun giving S-corp names to city auditors so they can boost collections.”

Philly tech hopefuls look for ‘angels’ at Brooklyn-based Northside Festival [Philadelphia Inquirer]: This story about the Northside Festival features Zivtech cofounder Alex Urevick-Acklesberg.

Why the Civic Hacking Community Needs Non-Coders [Generocity]: “‘There’s a huge marketing problem I think civic hacking groups have: We don’t do a good enough job involving people without coding experience. A successful project is so much more than code – it’s finding an audience, getting the design and user experience down, connecting with citizens, coming up with ideas,’ [Christopher] Nies said. ‘Code for Philly has actually seen some success with this, but overall I think it’s a real failing on our part that we aren’t letting people know: technical skills don’t matter. If you’re a concerned citizen, if you WANT to get involved, we need you.'”

Awareness Month Spurs Web Searches for Autism [Drexel press release]: “Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and puzzle shapes out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.”

Advertisement

New archive tracks political ads, money on Philly TV [Philadelphia Inquirer]: “Why Philadelphia? Roger McDonald, the Internet Archive’s director for television, says, ‘It’s the fourth-largest TV market in the country. And the market area, which includes southern New Jersey, is a truly diverse community, with varieties of local issues and players seeking a voice.'” Find our coverage of the project here.

Here’s what Vox Media’s Product team built during their Hack Week in Philadelphia [Vox Product blog]Here’s why Vox chose Philadelphia for their Hack Week.

-30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

Phew, all mayoral candidates have websites and Twitter accounts now [Links Roundup]

Lockheed Martin got $107M in tax credits to open labs in Camden [Links Roundup]

CyclePhilly nominated for international award [Links Roundup]

SPONSORED

Philly

7 biz resources we learned about at Super Meetup Philly 2019

Philadelphia

Linode

Chief Information Security Officer

Apply Now

Blue Bell, PA

Pinnacle 21

Senior Software Engineers

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Linode

DevOps Engineer

Apply Now

URBN CEO Richard Hayne still one of America’s richest [Links Roundup]

Meet Brent Schooley, Twilio’s Philly evangelist [Links Roundup]

Startups: apply to pitch at Forbes’ $400K ‘Pressure Cooker’ [Links Roundup]

SPONSORED

Philly

Paid family leave adds to the perks at Chariot Solutions

Philadelphia

Perpay

UX Designer

Apply Now

Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

Inside Sales Representative

Apply Now

Horsham, PA

Penn Mutual

Product Owner/Business Transformation Specialist

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!