Subject: Re: Funding/Financial support for FreeSoftware
From: Damian Ivereigh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 19:07:55 CST
On Thu, 2001-12-20 at 10:49, Alan wrote:
> Dean Luick wrote:
> >On Tue, Dec 18, 2001 at 06:19:55PM +1100, Damian Ivereigh wrote:
> >>I am investigating the possibilities for funding Free Software such as
> >Perhaps I am missing something, but everyone seems to be overlooking
> >tax considerations. Does anyone have any _real_ information on whether
> >just opening an account somewhere and accepting money is legal or not?
> It depends entirely what country you are in, and their respetive tax laws.
> I would have to assume that the amounts of money being sent would not be
> enough to be of concern to most taxmen.
> at the moment abiword is a non profit volunteer group so it may be
> considered a donation.
> if you are looking to donate *large* sums and deduct for it against your
> taxes im sure arrangements could be made, just there has never been the
> demand before.
Tax considerations are a very valid point. This is getting more into the
implementation details. However my initial take comes down to whether
the donations are tax deductible. If they are (i.e. FreeSupport is a
registered Non-Profit), then the developers (receivers of the money) may
have to pay taxes on what they receive. If it is not tax deductible
(taxes have already paid on the money), then I hoping they will not need
to deduct tax. But I will need to find a tax adviser on this one.
Quite how this is going to work when receiving and paying money
internationally is an open question.
However as far as I am concerned when enough donations are being made
for this to be a problem, I will be very happy!
-- Damian Ivereigh CEPS Team Lead http://wwwin-print.cisco.com Desk: +61 2 8446 6344 Mob: +61 418 217 582
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