That sounds awfully scary to me. Is it that hard or tricky to fill in tax forms over there? And one mistake gets you in deep trouble instead of just needing to pay the difference?
I can understand that to avoid the paperwork hassle people just let some specialised company do their paperwork, but only to save time, not out of necessity.
I don't run a bussiness, but isn't it basically just keeping track of who, how much, when, and what for you pay money to someone, as well as keeping track of where your income comes from? It gets more complicated when you hire people, with all the taxes and stuff, but in LWN's case I suppose the people contributing are considered freelancers and aren't on the payroll, then it's just a fee for a service. Or am I totally wrong?