In Vancouver BC, the city government is considering creating a special property tax for home-based businesses. The gist of the reasoning is that: ….it’s not fair for a home-based business to pay a residential rate because it’s not just a residence, and it’s not fair for a home-based business to pay a commercial rate, because more than just business takes place there.
Even though they’re a long ways from ever implementing such a tax, I think it’s an interesting sign of the times. It demonstrates how Home-Based Businesses have become pervasive enough to be considered for a specialized tax category in this major North American city. In case there was any doubt that Home-Based Businesses are here to stay, I think this shows what a permanent business model they are becoming.