Peter M Howard ::

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Did you sell any goods or services using the Internet?

19July2005 [myth]
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Currently filling out my tax return, and this has got to be one of the stupidest questions ever! The extended details explain that even if you used email to offer advice or deliver product (instead of sending a CD!) it counts as ‘using the internet’, but that advertising your goods and supporting customers over the net doesn’t count… Now it’s only a survey question really, so it doesn’t particularly matter - I suspect the government just wants to know if there’s another way they can squeeze money from people - but this is up there with surveys saying “How often do you check your email?” and not offering a “my computer regularly monitors my email for me and informs me when I receive something new”, even though such features have been around (and standard) for years now…

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