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Gerry Clinchy
07-29-2011, 11:24 AM
I just opened my phone bill and happened to look it over.

The basic charge from Verizon for unlimited, basic service is $6.87. The Federal "line subscriber charge" (whatever that means) is $5.83. If that's considered some kind of tax, it is an 85% tax on a service purchased from a private corporation.

The total "taxes" for both State & Federal come to about 20% of the cost of the phone services we purchase.

Since phone service, today, is considered a necessity, I remember reading some time ago that welfare beneficiaries receive a free cell phone (I believe with limited minutes, though). I guess it's cheaper to give them a cell phone with limited minutes for emergencies than it would be to give them a land line.

The same thing is true of my wireless bill and TV cable service.

These taxes/fees/charges would be most impactful on the middle class (the fellow making $40-$100K a year; who also may be paying for his own health insurance and paying income taxes to Fed, State & Local entities)who have less disposable income than the more wealthy. Of course, they don't impact the very poor at all, since their phone service is free.

luvmylabs23139
07-29-2011, 11:41 AM
The feds and their tax tax tax attitude have now started taxing digital home phone service.
When we dumped reg service for digital we paid none of the bs phone taxes which saved us a ton of money. Now all those fees(TAXES) have creeped into the bill.
Funny they said when we signed up don;t count on all the 911 services. IE , they can;t track an emergancy call and now power no service. Didn;t take long before the gooberment slpped a 911 tax on but would not garentee service. Same as a cell. The charge a 911 fee (tax) yet no promise of service due to dead zones.
Then they tax me to give free or low cost service to someone else. SOCIALISM!!!

TN_LAB
07-29-2011, 02:45 PM
“Let me tell you how it will be; There’s one for you, nineteen for me. ‘Cause I’m the taxman, Yeah, I’m the taxman”

George Harrison (although I kind like the Stevie Ray Vaughn version).