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Interior designers face tax problems in Virginia

on Tuesday,September 29,2009 17:09

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In a move that could lower the tax rates of hundreds of design professionals, Virginia''s state commissioner has claimed that many of the "old dominion''s" interior design Business, Professional and

Occupational Licenses are incorrectly classified.
The BPOL sets the tax rate owed to the local government by defining the nature of a business, and therein lies the conflict.

As the Virginian-Pilot describes it, interior design straddles the line between being a service profession - providing design advice for a client and paying $.36 for every $100 earned- and a retail outlet - selling furniture to complete a contracted design at $.20 per $100.

Some of Virginia''s designers are labeled as services under the BPOL despite the fact that product sales are how "most of us earn our living," says Kathy Knack, a Virginia designer.

"Because more than half of the company''s gross receipts are from the retail sales of furniture and furnishings, it should be classified as a retailer for BPOL tax purposes," says state commissioner Janie Bowen.

Virginia''s designers can apply for a dual license where they pay taxes based on the revenue from services rendered be they retail or conferred.

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