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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    Amby Whitaker, 14 Jul 2007 @ 12:17am

    Re: Re: Taxes are illegal

    I agree. The war was 108 years ago - why are we only getting 3 years worth back? And no interest? Hah. They sure as heck make sure they get their interest and penalties when we are late.

    The entire problem is that we are afraid of them and they should be the ones afraid of us. We have no say in how they "over" spend our money and this is totally wrong. People are afraid to speak up for fear of getting shot or imprisoned - should it even be like this? If we commit a crime, we go to prison - if you commit the same crime but are part of the government, you get pardoned.

    National ID cards? Heck - they can already track you if you carry a cell phone. The government is supposed to be our manager. "We, the people" are getting screwed and thats about it. I believe things are going to have to go to the dogs before anyone ever gets up enough nerve to fight back. They are totally out of control.

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