Devra Gartenstein's blog

by Devra Gartenstein

The more I read and learn about cooperatives and the more experience I get participating in one, the more provocative I find the question, “What is a cooperative?”

The legal definition is reasonably clear, covering two main prerequisites:  one vote per member, and equity and profit allocations based on patronage—or participation—rather than monetary contribution.

I just paid a chunk of money to the Employment Security Department for Patty Pan Coop’s quarterly unemployment tax.  The form and the payment were two months late; we’re usually pretty good about keeping up on our tax obligations but this report is particularly likely to get away from us because it asks for more information than the others, including Social Security numbers and payroll hours by employee.

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