Tax on Text Messages?

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I first heard about this tax on text messages proposal back in May of this year introduced by a Green Party in Ireland. It was a very unpopular proposal and was eventually withdrawn. Just recently, there's been more buzz about this tax and a few cities in California is actually considering proposing it to restore their depleted tax revenues. A few cities like Vallejo and Sacramento have already included this measure on their ballots for voters to consider tax on text messages.

There's already a utility tax that mobile phone users pay on their phone service. I'm charged with a $22.00 "Government Fees and Taxes" on my phone bill. The way I see it, it's double taxation if they taxed us for text messages. Advocates for this proposal say it would not hurt mobile phone users but instead would lower the overall utility tax on their phone bills. Are they serious? I think people text more so than they use their cell phones.

As cities and countries are strapped for cash, they come up with all these great tax ideas. We are in the worst recession since the 1930's Great Depression where unemployment rate has hit record high. Isn't it obvious that many people are struggling financially and wouldn't have the means to pay extra for anything else other then life basic necessities? My city raised its sales tax from 8.5% to 9.5% in April of this year in addition to an increase in our property tax to raise revenue for our schools. Everywhere you look, it's increase tax here and there. Isn't it awfully backward that during economic prosperity, our taxes are reduced and in economic recession, our taxes are increased? Let's see how the people vote for the tax on text messages on their ballot. My city hasn't proposed it yet but I'm sure we will follow the footsteps of other cities soon since we are in dire need of revenues too.


14 comments:

KN said...

It's not a matter of if we'll be taxed on texts but when it will happen. I'm just going to limit my text messages to emergency use only. You are right, taxes are ridiculous when every one is hurting by the economy. Politicians should look at cutting funds to some of the stupidest organizations out there. They should also look at cutting back on paying for housing for people that have more money than the working class.

Ms. Freeman said...

What will they tax next. It is just redeiculous, it just goes to show poor money management on the part of those in charge..

Superman said...

Politicians always rob the poor and give to the rich. Same everywhere I guess. Just like MJ song, They never care about us...

Rose Belle said...

@KN - I agree. SF is needs to restructure our government assistance programs to those who cheat the system. We need a complete overhaul to our social services.

Rose Belle said...

@Ms. Freeman - It's ridiculous how taxes are imposed to raise revenues. Who would of thought that text messages could be taxed, right?

Rose Belle said...

@Superman - It's too unfortunate that society is structured this way, where the poor stays poor and the rich gets richer.

Cheryl said...

Where will it ever end, this taxing? I too pay a charge on my cell phone bill, actually several extra charges for this and that.

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl - Oh taxes will always be around. Remember that adage? There's two things that are certain in life: death and taxes.

Liz said...

They're doing this because they know they can extract a lot money from text message. It is also happening back here. Our politicians can't seem to leave that one out.

Rose Belle said...

@Liz - thanks for sharing. I didn't know it was being implemented elsewhere already. There's copycats everywhere so if one country does it, the rest will follow. I don't think there's escaping this new tax

Ryhen said...

*conspiracy theorist mode on*
your government is obviously trying to find all the means to get money out of your pockets. What you guys should be concerned about is the nationalization of major industries. The financial & health institutions are already owned by the U.S. government, but it may not stop there. This pattern is apparently seen when a society is in turmoil. The aim is to have control of every aspect of the economic system. *conspiracy theorist mode off* =)

Rose Belle said...

@Ryhen - This is why the US government is having such a hard time passing the Universal Healthcare legislation. Many people don't want the government to own the healthcare industry since they pretty much own everything when they started bailing out industries.

Mei Teng said...

Taxes are ever on the increase and everything seemed to be taxed over here...including employee benefits which are meant to benefit employees but have since become a burden!

Rose Belle said...

@Mei Teng - We get taxed on employee benefits too only when we withdraw though. I think everywhere is the same.