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Communication service tax?


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#26 OFFLINE   TBlazer07

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:25 AM

LOL ..... you might want to reconsider that since NJ has the highest overall total taxes in the USA. You'll make up for the DirecTV sales tax savings real quick. :)


77¢/month :eek2:

I guess I need to move back to Elizabeth. :D

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#27 OFFLINE   TBlazer07

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:27 AM

Rest assured it's monthly.

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 13 November 2009 - 11:28 AM

Florida Tax

We've had this relatively high tax, roughly double the regular sales tax, for a number of years now. It was passed at the "request" of the cable companies to try to make the cost of using satellite services to be at least as much if not more than cable TV services. The argument was that since satellite companies had no local presence and therefore paid no local ad valorem taxes, nor sales taxes nor franchise fees, the satellite companies had an unfair advantage (and government was losing out of several revenue streams).

#29 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 11:45 AM

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



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


I like the quip about the satellite catching fire myself.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 11:52 AM

LOL ..... you might want to reconsider that since NJ has the highest overall total taxes in the USA. You'll make up for the DirecTV sales tax savings real quick. :)

In that case I'll stay where I am. :D

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 11:56 AM

Florida Tax

We've had this relatively high tax, roughly double the regular sales tax, for a number of years now. It was passed at the "request" of the cable companies to try to make the cost of using satellite services to be at least as much if not more than cable TV services. The argument was that since satellite companies had no local presence and therefore paid no local ad valorem taxes, nor sales taxes nor franchise fees, the satellite companies had an unfair advantage (and government was losing out of several revenue streams).


That is how it is supposed to work.......equal opportunity, that is. You find a better way and exploit it. Keep the money from the investment as a profit. How about raising the tax to compensate the satellite companies for their satellite fleet costs? Rockets ain't cheap ya know.

The term "unfair advantage" deserves more examination.

Joe




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