Good Luck Getting That Phone Excise Tax Back

from the death-and-taxes dept

A few months back, the Treasury Department finally caught wind that the Spanish-American War had ended 108 years ago, so perhaps it would be a good idea to repeal the excise tax on long-distance phone calls orginally enacted to help pay for it. The move was lauded by consumer groups, mobile operators and businesses, particularly because people would be able to claim back the last three years' worth of the tax they'd paid. But -- surprise, surprise -- businesses are finding out claiming the refunds is far from easy. For the general public, the IRS is expected to set an amount people can claim back without any documentation, but businesses must go back and look at old phone bills, then calculate what tax they paid, something made even more complicated by the structure of the tax, which was dependent on the length and distance of each call. For small businesses, the headache can be getting their hands on the old bills, with many providers charging for duplicate copies. For larger businesses, the sheer monumentality of the task is staggering for companies with thousands of and employees in multiple locations, and tons of phone lines from multiple providers. Of course, you might think that since courts ruled on multiple occasions that the IRS shouldn't have imposed the tax in the first place, they might accept some measure of responsibility in the matter. Then again, it is the IRS.

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    Wire Cramped, 1 Aug 2006 @ 12:53pm

    Re: Re: Seriously... not the flat tax thing again

    I agree with flat tax and yes it is possible to do. Maybe its not just 10% but it is certainly possible and yes the I.R.S. should be dismantled and a new one that handles the flat tax made with no previous employees and the top guys are voted in 1 from each state.

    In anycase I am sure there are financial people who could figure it out hell we sit around and try to figure out the aids virus and all the possible connections for flights then this little math problem cant be impossible to get done.

    Yes to flat tax and yes it would work. Now provide some sources that show why it would and or why it wouldnt and we can make up our own minds and vote right? good deal but the retrieval of the tax on the phone bill is BS the I.R.S states that everyone should keep their records for at least 3years and businesses must keep them for 5 so the info is there. one little program to plug in the duration and the where for any long distance call and the calcs to figure the tax per and it would spit out the answer in about 2.381 seconds after you said go.

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