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Don't let the sharing economy of Uber, Airbnb become the scofflaw economy
Don't let the sharing economy of Uber, Airbnb become the scofflaw economy

Say “underground economy,” and what do you think of? Low-wage workers, some of them here illegally, toiling away in the shadows for bosses who may pay them a less-than-legal wage under the table, and who dodge paying the taxes on those wages. Right? But now the headlines are about the other end of the underground economy, which isn’t hiding anywhere but flaunting itself. Big money is changing hands, and it seems that none of it going to pay the taxes and fees that it should. Ride-sharing, room-sharing -- how about responsibility-sharing? A California state senator, a Sonoma County Democrat, wants to give cities the authority to collect taxes from people who...

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