I think it depends on your income. Here in the US, your income becomes taxable once it hits a certain bracket.
Not paying taxes can get the IRS to tear you in 2, so I'd rathar be safe than sorry. Art is a hobby for me and I don't make any money from it. I wish I did though.
Proud for being a furry? There's nothing to be proud of, let alone, a fursuit elitist. >.>
Though yes, it's somewhat of a problem. I've heard of some stories of shitty behavior between casual fursuiters vs major fursuiters. Honestly, if you feel the need to flaunt your money and...
Well that's where you/the commissioner have to do research. I've encountered some and laughed a little every time.
DA community has some stuck up and annoying people, but there are good artists there I've seen who do commissions with good quality. You must do some digging if you have the...
That true. Business is aggressive there unless you know the right people to commission. Prices can fluctuate like crazy with quality.
Though if you're patient enough, you can find very good artists at a reasonable price.
It's probably better to take commissions off site.