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#1 OFFLINE   flaguy

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 11:25 AM

Does anyone know what in the world the "communication service tax" is all about? It just showed up on my November bill. I've never seen it before. Any ideas? Thanks.

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#2 OFFLINE   RACJ2

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 11:39 AM

Its a tax in Florida... this may explain it for you [link].
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:25 PM

I forget for sure, but I think Maine has a similar tax. would not be surprised to see all states doing it at some time :(
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:51 PM

Florida is exceptionally high at about 13%.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:51 PM

Does anyone know what in the world the "communication service tax" is all about? It just showed up on my November bill. I've never seen it before. Any ideas? Thanks.


Thats the satellite tax you always see on D* programming that they try to fight :box: other states from getting :kickbutt:

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 04:02 PM

If the gov't can figure out how to tax you on something, they undoubtedly will.
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 04:07 PM

Yep;

It's a satellite tax for sure, and one that is totally wrong as states have no real legitimate basis for taxing satellite services since they require no right of way access over public terrestrial facilities to deliver service.

But cash strapped states are desperate for revenue especially in this sagging economy and politicians are grasping out at practically anything they can get their nasty little hands on for funds.

I mean please, a "communications tax?" What the #@!*&% is that supposed to mean! :mad:

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 04:21 PM

"I mean please, a "communications tax?" What the #@!*&% is that supposed to mean!"

It means just another avenue into citizens pockets.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 04:31 PM

The cable companies wanted the tax as much as or more so than the govt. so they feel they are on a level playing field, but when it comes to offering the same channels, the cable companies are not interested in equality at all. How hypocritical and typical of them...

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 04:42 PM

Taxing satellite service is just wrong,many have no other choice and an antenna will never work in the far rural areas especially since the digital transition.

It's come to the point you can't watch TV without being squeezed for cash.:nono2:

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 05:45 PM

If Directv had not screwed every merchant they dealt with they would now have a chance of establishing some sort of resistance to this tax.

There is even a constitutional right to freedom of speech..."Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech or freedom of the press. . . " (from the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.)

How is taxation not an abridgment of (satellite) speech?

But since they have chosen to conduct themselves as they have...and without breaking any laws.....let them call their own cab on this one!

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 05:58 PM

Hmm? Taxes don't prevent freedom of speech. Sending and receiving a satellite signal is a service being provided to us by a company, hence the tax.
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:00 PM

The cable companies wanted the tax as much as or more so than the govt. so they feel they are on a level playing field, but when it comes to offering the same channels, the cable companies are not interested in equality at all. How hypocritical and typical of them...


Thanks for all of the info, folks. I still can't figure if this tax is monthly or annually. It was not on my October bill, but it is on my November bill.

As far as the cable companies, after checking it out I see that they have the communications tax in Florida as well as satellite, BUT, they have a lower rate than satellite.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:21 PM

Hmm? Taxes don't prevent freedom of speech. Sending and receiving a satellite signal is a service being provided to us by a company, hence the tax.


All true,

But every aspect of satellite service is taxed elsewhere. It becomes a double tax. And if you tax it enough the service will cease. Is there some tangible item not taxed elsewhere that is part of satellite service?

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:38 PM

Florida is exceptionally high at about 13%.


Here in CT the tax on my DirecTV bill is 11.7%. :(

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:51 PM

All true,

But every aspect of satellite service is taxed elsewhere. It becomes a double tax. And if you tax it enough the service will cease. Is there some tangible item not taxed elsewhere that is part of satellite service?

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But what exactly is the basis of such a tax (assuming there actually is a genuine one)?

That a state owns the earth's atmosphere above it and may thereby charge for right of passage for the satellite radio waves passing through from space to earth?

What nonsense ... :nono2:

But then again if it made sense it wouldn't be politics I guess ... :icon_lame

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:13 PM

[quote name='flaguy']Thanks for all of the info, folks. I still can't figure if this tax is monthly or annually. It was not on my October bill, but it is on my November bill.

Sad to say its monthly...
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:16 PM

I liked this story from 2001 when California tried to tax DirecTV's satellites:

From 2001:

NEW YORK - A California plan to levy property taxes on satellites orbiting in outer space has been shot down.

The far-out concept came up when the tax assessor for Los Angeles County, Calif. was doing a routine audit of Hughes Electronics, the $7 billion company that owns DirecTV, the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster. The eight satellites in question may be worth about $100 million each, but they happen to be situated 22,300 miles above the equator--far beyond California's earthly confines.


Repeat: old story, so you don't need to tell me that Hughes doesn't own DirecTV anymore. :)

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:20 PM

"I mean please, a "communications tax?" What the #@!*&% is that supposed to mean!"

It means just another avenue into citizens pockets.


And really who is communicating. Its a one way satellite communication. Sheesh. Thanks for posting this. I dont see my bill since its on autopay so nice to know what I was missing out on. :)

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:42 PM

On my bill, I have "Sales Tax" and "TN Satellite Programming Sales Tax". :(

If I'm not mistaken, it used to be called a "Satellite Luxury Tax" on my bill... or something to that effect.

Edited by Greg Alsobrook, 13 November 2009 - 05:15 PM.

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