L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5392 posts, RR: 19 Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
EUROPEAN Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax on e-mails and mobile phone text messages to help to fund the 25-member organisation.
A European Parliament working group is reviewing the idea, tabled by Alain Lamassoure, a prominent French MEP and member of the centre-right European People’s Party, the assembly’s largest group. He is proposing a tax of about 1.5 euro cents (1p) on text messages and a 0.00001 cent levy on every e-mail sent.
How much is one flushing of a toilet really? I would not underestimate politician's ability to invent more and more ways to tax you. Although I see taxing e-mails as quite complicated, tax SMS messages seems t6o me technically quite feasible. Just can't wait to pay 30% more on text messages because of some tax.
FlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1349 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 999 times:
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How would they go about charging you for emails?
Software detecting how many you send perhaps? This would be against privacy policies, as it is monitoring your usage of emails. What about all these free accounts like Hotmail, or personal web domains like mine.
Seriously, the EU comes up with some totally bonkers suggestions somtimes.
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Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 55 Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 971 times:
Quoting FlyKev (Reply 5): How would they go about charging you for emails?
Charge the ISP's. That way collecting the money would be easy, and the cost would just be passed on to the customer.
But this idea is just the latest in the long line of attempts by both Commission and European Parliament to try to find ways of raising money directly. Thus far, the various concepts have been vetoed by national governments. This is probably no different.
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Nighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 4985 posts, RR: 39 Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 936 times:
And a fat lot of bloody good its gonna do as well. Almost all of the spammers are based outside of the EU, and will not have to pay a penny. The only people who are even likely to be charged are large businesses.
But how do you go about tracking these emails? Only individuals / Small businesses use ISPs, large companies generally have their own IT infrastructure, so checking the number of emails they send is almost impossible......
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 901 times:
The U.S. Government tried to do this a few years back fearing it would bring the end of the United States Postal Service. The idea didn't fare well with consumers and the idea was scrapped. Thank goodness! We already pay enough taxes on mobile phones, electricity and phone bills as it is.
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