Psyke Phaeton has an article up on the Lab’s new request for tax information. Since Psyke lives outside the USA (Australia) and is not a US citizen he does not have to pay US taxes. But, the US government forces Linden Lab to collect a 30% tax from foreign nationals making money in the USA. If the Lab cannot get RL tax information on an individual they cannot pay them and in some cases may have to close their SL account, which Psyke says happened to him.
Psyke lists these reasons for not wanting to pay taxes to the USA:
- Support NSA spying and mass data collection?
- Support US endless wars and invasions overseas?
- Continual erosion of the US Constitution?
- Endless US Government debt which drains wealth and assistance from its citizens?
- and many other activities?
Those are good reasons for not wanting to support any government. So, to avoid paying taxes, Psyke has released the Orb and its code via Creative Commons licensing and dropped the market place price to L$0. You can read about his decision in his comments here: W8-BEN from LL is not just an ID/tax document. But a question about supporting the US Gov or not.
The change in licensing is announced here: HSOrb now Open Source. Psyke Phaeton acct terminated Aug 28th by LL.
The Lab has no choice in these matters. The IRS in America is out of control and becoming an arm of the Democrat Party. If you are only following mainstream media, you are missing out on the latest revelations coming out of the Congressional hearing into the IRS Targeting Scandal and probably believe it is all a political smoke by the far right. The evidence is mounting and we are beyond any honest doubt that people in charge at the IRS despised their Political opponents and used government agencies to target them. That numerous hard drives and only the ones with information Congress wanted crashed and the backups for those drives were lost strains credulity and stinks of cover up. This much circumstantial evidence in a murder trial would get one convicted.
Whatever your political interest and beliefs, allowing either party to use government agencies to target their opponents is a major problem and the first steps toward a dictatorship.
Whatever the case, we now have a free Security Orb… which is nice but also really sad.
PS Update: Be sure you read the comments. Even Psyke has commented, finding that there was a misunderstanding of tax laws.