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EU considers taxing emails and SMSs


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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax on emails and mobile phone text messages as a way to fund the 25-member bloc in the future.

A European Parliament working group is reviewing the idea, tabled by Alain Lamassoure, a prominent French MEP and member of the centre-right European People's Party, the assembly's largest group.

Lamassoure, a member of Jacques Chirac's UMP party, is proposing to add a tax of around 1.5 cents (0.8 pence) on text or SMS messages and a 0.00001 cent levy on every email sent.

"This is peanuts, but given the billions of transactions every day, this could still raise an immense income," he said.

http://uk.news.yahoo...mails-smss.html
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Taxing services like email and sms sounds like a bad idea to me. To me these services are like the sun. No costs but very useful.

Let's hope they also think this is a crappy idea.

Although, it does depend on what the tax money would be used for.
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How would they collect it? .... Get your ISP to collect and pay them? Surely this would be a nightmare for ISPs. Same for the mobile phone companies.

Next thing we'll be taxed for breathing! Lucky I practised holding my breath a lot when I was a kid. Always knew I did it for a good reason!
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Haha good one :whistling: . I think the SMS tax would just be done by making the price higher for sending a SMS. Like from 3 to 5 cents.

No idea how they would do it for email though.
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im just glad i live in australia :whistling:
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Lamassoure is french, the french LOVE taxing as we and their people know...the french embodies the EU according to chirac.... so this new taxing proposal is very fitting of them :whistling:
interesting post!

Edited by s2006, 06 July 2006 - 11:16 AM.

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