Why Europe Won't Be Taxing Your Emails And SMS Messages
from the blown-out-of-proportion dept
A bunch of folks submitted the following Reuters story over the weekend, fretting about a “proposal” in Europe to tax emails and SMS messages. This is the type of story that seems to get people really worked up — as it has for years every time an urban legend or rumor pops up about taxing emails. However, the details on this one suggest there’s little to nothing to be worried about. Beyond the ridiculous difficulty (read: near impossibility) of actually implementing such a tax, the simple fact that just about everyone would rebel against it pretty much kills any possibility of it ever happening. If anyone actually did try to implement it, it would be routed around so quickly that there would be very little (if any) revenue generated for any government. In the meantime, it sounds like the idea was just thrown out as an idea — rather than any serious proposal that anyone expects to go anywhere. It certainly looks like email and SMS messaging will remain tax free for the foreseeable future.