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Letter to the Editor: Town law choking life out of small business


I live in the town limits of Woodstock. I am the owner and operator of Didawick Construction LLC. I've been in construction for 33 years and self-employed the last six. I have a state contractor's license, a county contractor's license, a Woodstock town business license, a state corporation commission LLC, liability insurance, workers comp insurance, commercial auto insurance, and I pay unemployment insurance.

I pay tax on my tools and equipment to both the town of Woodstock and Shenandoah County. My business income is taxed when I deposit it by both the federal and state government. When I withdraw money from my business account for personal use, the same money is taxed again by the federal and state government as personal income.

The purpose of this letter is to protest Woodstock's code which taxes town business owners on income generated outside of town limits. To renew my town business license, my gross receipts for 2012 are taxable by Woodstock, even though I did not perform any work or earn one dollar inside the town limits.

The town's argument is that I have a home-based business. My business is not at my home. It is in the back of my truck and every day in 2012 my truck was at a jobsite with a physical address that was not in the town limits of Woodstock.

If you are a licensed Woodstock business in a similar situation, please contact me. As I pursue this matter, I guess I'll find out how well our political representatives stand up for the little guy, as I'm forwarding copies of this letter to the Woodstock Town Council, Del. Todd Gilbert, and Sen. Mark Obenshian. I hope they remember they were elected by the people to work for the people, not to work for the government's bureaucracy, which has a main goal it seems of choking the life out of small business one tax at a time. Wish me luck.

Stuart Didawick, Woodstock


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