118 Yale Law Journal, Pocket Part 136 (2009)
Millions of people participate in virtual worlds. The popular virtual world Second Life is designed to be a platform for commerce. This essay argues that profits received in the form of Linden dollars (Second Life's currency) should be taxed in much the same way profits received via PayPal, a widely used electronic-payment system, are. Although Second Life profits could instead be taxed once the taxpayer cashes out, that would create a special exception for Second Life that does not exist for platforms such as eBay, which would facilitate abuse and distort economic activity.
Lederman, Leandra, "EBay's Second Life: When Should Virtual Earnings Bear Real Taxes?" (2009). Articles by Maurer Faculty. Paper 472.