Taxing the Internet

June 12, 2007 at 7:14 am 8 comments

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The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful. State and local governments this week resumed a push to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the ability to impose sales taxes on Net shopping, and being able to levy new monthly taxes on DSL and other Internet-service connections. One senator is even predicting taxes on e-mail.

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  • 1. Joey  |  June 12, 2007 at 8:02 am

    They aren’t able to gouge the public with snail mail, they need to take money from some place else. I see how this was a logical idea. . . .it sucks though.

  • 2. Nicola  |  June 12, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Do not like the idea of that at all personally – would it stop/slow down all the horrible spam email we get ?

    I can see a resurgence in bulletin boards and forums where you can also private message.

  • 3. D. Peace  |  June 12, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    I’m not a libertarian, but I feel like one when I read shit like this.

    Damn guv’mint! Leave me alone!

  • 4. penocular  |  June 12, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    If they want revenue, why don’t they go after the big corporations who have been enjoying corporate welfare and tax incentives? Or maybe they can stop spending so much money on the Iraq War!

    OK, silly me. But seriously, this is probably not going to happen, folks. Public opinion still counts for something, and this has no chance for popular support.

  • 5. Jane  |  June 13, 2007 at 8:34 am

    I think I’ve seen this exact “email tax” float around for several years. I’m pretty sure I dont’ believe it. LoL

  • 6. Sonja  |  June 15, 2007 at 1:18 am

    I think penocular says it all for me. Let’s tame these big corporations who have gotten preferred treatment by this overly business-friendly administration.

  • 7. brightfeather  |  June 17, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Last year there were emails circulating all over the internet due to a spoof mass mailout that said email would be taxed. Maybe these legislators feel for the ruse. If not then they are just plain crazy. I don’t believe they have the legal authority to be able to compel the ISP to cooperate with such a scheme – yet.

    On the other hand, if they could tax email then the spammers would be paying astronomical taxes, wouldn’t they?

  • 8. Jonathan Bradbury  |  October 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    PSH…first taxing tips that you earn at work, now they wanna tax e-mails, whats next…taxing birthday cards and myspace comments…


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