Share This Page

Who pays billboard tax

| Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

Who pays billboard tax

In response to Joseph Sabino Mistick's column “Councilwomen Pittsburgh tough” (Nov. 25 and TribLIVE.com): It is apparent that the councilwomen may be “tough,” but they are not thinking “smart.” Otherwise, they would figure out that the city's tax on outdoor billboards is actually a tax on the end user of the product or service on the billboard — that would be you and me.

You see, that tax must be paid, not by the seller of space on the billboards (Lamar or other advertising firms), but by the advertisers whose ads appear on the boards, who then pass their increased cost of doing business in the form of the tax along to their clients or customers who use their services or products: the person needing dental work, the people going out to dinner, the family purchasing a new car or dealing with any other billboard advertiser.

This just further explains that no one benefits when a tax is put in place, except the government collecting that tax, and Jane and Joe Public end up being the losers by having to carry the tax burden once again.

K. Sheptak

Butler

The writer co-owns Sheptak Advertising in Butler.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.