I've raised about $20,000 to $22,000 USD during the sim life of Valkyrie Forest - donations from my sim residents, from a few angel friends, and from visitors and regulars from all over Gor and rentals from my market - but I've spent every penny of those donations on the sim. So it all goes back to the Lindens. I have never used any of that money on myself, never kept a cent for myself, never bought anything for myself with those funds. I keep it honest. With all the conversion fees and other tier payments I've been giving the Linden gods in tribute, I assumed they were the ones paying the taxes as they are the ones profiting, not me. I'm not doing this to make money. I'm all for fair taxation, I'll pay my fair share, but if I get excessively punished for raising funds to pay the sim costs, I'll just say screw it and close the sim down. It was an awesome run, but I'd rather be surfing anyways. I keep my sim open coz it's popular and brings a lot of people fun and pleasure.
What really screwed things up is Linden Labs made it even harder to pay them without having to deal with extra fees. They don't except payments using their own Lindens, they want cash dollars. So I have to convert those Lindens to dollars and Lindens collect a fee every time I make those conversions just so I can pay them cash. It also used to be easier to buy cash credit using my checking account or PayPal and putting that cash directly into my Second Life dashboard account so Linden Labs can collect directly. They don't allow that anymore. Now I have to buy Lindens and pay them a fee, then convert those Lindens back to cash and pay Lindens another conversion fee, just so the cash will sit in my SL dashboard for the Lindens to collect... It's like paying extra for the privilege of paying them. Annnd.... if I upload donated Lindens to my SL dashboard or PayPal, I have to first pay them a conversion fee to turn that into cash, and a transfer fee when sending to PayPal, again, just so I can have the privilege of paying the Lindens their tier. Linden Labs are masters at getting in their own way and frustrating and driving sim owners away.
Last year, PayPal suffered a huge crash from a power outage in the Bay area, and Lindens instantly took out thousands of dollars from my PayPal account by accident when it was time to pay them the $300 tier. It was like pulling teeth getting my money back and they acted like it was no big deal and dragged their feet. Took way too long to get my money back. That made me skittish about allowing SL automated access to my PayPal to pay the tier. And I didn't trust PayPal much either coz even after all my calls to them, they treated me like a suspect even knowing they had a power failure. I had to bring Chase Bank into the fray to speed things up and get resolution. So for a long time after, I used the SL Dashboard instead, hence the extra fees to Lindens. I've just recently switched back giving Lindens automated access to my PayPal and checking account but I'm not confident about it. To add insult to injury, it takes about 5 working days for me to send cash from converted Linden donations inworld to my PayPal, and yet Linden's taking cash from me is instant - they have no problem and no wait taking cash from me. Total turn off. They're murdering their cash cow.