Thursday, January 19, 2006


Phone tax imposed to support War Effort

Every phone bill in America now carries a 3% federal excise tax, imposed in large part to finance the war effort.

The Spanish-American War, that is. The tax began as a luxury tax on telephones around the turn of the cenutry, and continues to be collected today.

Even on cellular phones. Which weren't invented until over 100 years later.

Some groups are now trying to get the tax repealed, and some federal courts have ruled the tax illegal. Of course the truth is, if the tax is eliminated, it will reappear someplace under a new identity. Taxes never really go away, you know.

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