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DirecTv claiming new tax on TV in TN - false?


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#1 OFFLINE   snowcat

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:06 AM

I am a TN resident, and I received an email yesterday from DirecTv, telling me to write my legislators to stop a new TV tax. But when I look up the bill on the TN government site, this is all it says (see below). DirecTv appears to have spooked by a shadow of something, because this is definitely not a TV tax.

Bill Summary
This bill authorizes the commissioner of revenue to disclose to local government officials the amount of business tax credit claimed by a taxpayer for the purpose of allowing the local government to ascertain whether proper local taxes are being paid, as described below.

Generally, present law authorizes counties and municipalities to levy a business tax on certain businesses operating in such county or municipality, and the commissioner of revenue is authorized to collect and administer such tax. Present law also establishes the certain credits against such tax, including credits for personal property taxes that have been properly paid to the local government.

This bill authorizes the commissioner, upon written request, to disclose to duly authorized officials of a unit of local government the amount claimed by a taxpayer as a credit against the business tax for personal property taxes paid. Such information would be disclosed solely for the purpose of allowing the unit of local government to ascertain whether proper local taxes are being paid. No unit of local government nor any official or employee of a unit of local government who receives such information may disclose it to any person other than the person to whom it relates, except as otherwise authorized by la

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#2 OFFLINE   CCarncross

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:24 AM

Despite all the legal mumbo jimbo, it probably paves the way for them to start taxing your sat bill, similar legislation has passed in many states, and they usually try to be proactive in the states where pending legislation is coming along. If enough people fight it it sometimes gets voted down.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:40 AM

Despite all the legal mumbo jimbo, it probably paves the way for them to start taxing your sat bill...

Sat service already taxed. From my latest bill:

Sales tax 2.05
TN Satellite Programming Sales Tax 6.48
Total Sales Tax 8.53

Cable customers are not taxed on a certain amount of their monthly bills while sat customers are taxed on the full bill.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

That's what's so confusing. As shown above, TN residents already get taxed on satellite service.

I did email the group responsible for the tax emails, and hopefully I will get a response. I just don't the like idea of spamming legislators with emails against something that doesn't even exist.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:51 PM

The sales tax varies from state to state.
Mine is $2.00.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:10 AM

The sales tax varies from state to state.

But you can always count on Tennessee to have the highest in the nation. :mad:
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:21 AM

They are thinking about applying this in NY also......

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:21 AM

The sales tax varies from state to state.
Mine is $2.00.


My bill seems to only show tax on leased receivers and that is it. Since I only have 2 leased receivers the fee is less then $2 a month.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:28 AM

Bill Summary
This bill authorizes the commissioner of revenue to disclose to local government officials the amount of business tax credit claimed by a taxpayer for the purpose of allowing the local government to ascertain whether proper local taxes are being paid, as described below.

Generally, present law authorizes counties and municipalities to levy a business tax on certain businesses operating in such county or municipality, and the commissioner of revenue is authorized to collect and administer such tax. Present law also establishes the certain credits against such tax, including credits for personal property taxes that have been properly paid to the local government.

This bill authorizes the commissioner, upon written request, to disclose to duly authorized officials of a unit of local government the amount claimed by a taxpayer as a credit against the business tax for personal property taxes paid. Such information would be disclosed solely for the purpose of allowing the unit of local government to ascertain whether proper local taxes are being paid. No unit of local government nor any official or employee of a unit of local government who receives such information may disclose it to any person other than the person to whom it relates, except as otherwise authorized by la

This one seems to be about the Tennessee Department of Revenue being required to rat any taxpayer out to their respective taxing jurisdictions regarding the amount of taxes that it has actually collected from that taxpayer.

It seems to be entirely about verifying that any credits for taxes paid are based on taxes that have actually been paid. It does NOT appear to me to be a tax.

In doing a keyword search of the current Tennessee bills, the word "satellite" gets no hits.

The Tennessee Legislature is pretty vague on their online documentation but it does appear that they raised the tax rate a while back to 9.4%.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:31 AM

My bill seems to only show tax on leased receivers and that is it. Since I only have 2 leased receivers the fee is less then $2 a month.

Some states will tax you any and every way they can. If they can't get the sales tax on an outright purchased item, they'll hit you with a property tax on the value of the leased equipment.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:11 PM

I see enough taxes on DirecTV for TN. I don't need to see more. I also got that e-mail too. But decided not to e-mail. Honestly if they've got their minds made up to tax something. A few subscribers won't stop it. But since that's the first I've heard about it. I'm leery to do anything yet anyway.
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