mobei wrote in post #15780321
I'm the guy with the studio, feeds my family with my photography and does it while fulfilling all my legal obligations and I
need more skills?
I'll add something else: Why should I have to work more hours every week in order to maintain a living because others are breaking the law?
Because it has nothing to do with you. Whether they paid their inheritance tax on the $35 they inherited from Great-aunt Ethel isn't your business. Being a good photographer is your business. If their work isn't good, that will reveal itself eventually. Those who are cheating, if they are, more than likely won't ever look at photography as more than a hobby, and they'll more than likely quit and pursue another hobby in a few years, which leaves you as one of the few who has always been there and produced exceptional work.
The previous scenario, of course, was assuming that people don't find out that you like to turn people in for not paying taxes on the 25 cents they found in the parking lot; I can't imagine they would be happy.
Or perhaps the offender doesn't know he is offending. I certainly don't know all the laws, but I will willingly adhere to all I know. I am wanting to get my business name/license very soon, but I don't know exactly how to go about it. What if the tables were turned, and you were, oh, say, a 16 year old who is getting into photography? You're scraping by, doing all you know, when suddenly, someone rats on you. How would you feel?
Perhaps they aren't even doing enough business to need a license. In my state, I don't have to have a license unless I make in excess of over $4,000. If they are just doing photography on the side, or for the fun of it, they very likely are doing nothing wrong at all!