Anybody who doesn't take credit cards is evading taxes, plain and simple.
Uh, no. There are many small businesses where it just doesn't pay to accept credit cards
Ugh, the discussion was about restaurants, laundromats, etc.
@Sid Hoffman: first it's "anybody", then it's limited to restaurants and laundromats? Would you like to further narrow your statement? I think a more accurate statement would be that any tax evader
is evading taxes. As a small business owner, I am so tired
of people making assumptions about how small business owners evade taxes (either through cash transactions, or bogus deductions, or by other means).
Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Anybody
can be a tax evader. You just have to be willing to lie and cheat. You don't need a business license or a credit card machine to do it. Generalizations like yours get propagated and spewed with no real evidence and IMO, they are a form of class warfare. I have been asked on more than one occasion to use questionable or even outright illegal activity because I own a business. I'm routinely asked to pick up the check because I can just write it off
. Did you know you can deduct the cost of a job search? Should I accuse all job-seekers of cheating the government because they may choose to write off legitimate expenses? Should I ask someone to pay for my lunch because I've seen their resume?
As someone who has spent the past 5 years trying to survive in a competitive environment and happy that I'm making a decent living, I realize how fortunate I am and I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize my position. I suspect many other customer-facing, cash-using business owners feel the same way. The US was founded by and still relies on small business owners of all types and I choose to believe that the vast majority of them are honest.