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DirecTV Fights California Dish Tax

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Steve Mehs, Aug 12, 2002.

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  1. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    California-based DirecTV called a proposed tax that could be assessed against satellite TV viewers in the Golden State anti-competitive.

    The company said the five percent dish tax is an apparent attempt by the cable industry to gain a competitive advantage by burdening satellite TV customers with a tax that is not imposed on cable TV customers.

    The proposed DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) tax is included in a budget bill that was narrowly defeated in the California Assembly last week, but which is likely to be re-introduced this week by Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City). California has more than 2.3 million satellite TV customers, the most of any state, according to SkyTRENDS data.

    "As a California-based business, DirecTV is alarmed by this discriminatory move to tax a consumer service in a search for new revenue sources," said Roxanne Austin, president and COO at DirecTV. "If the satellite TV tax is approved, what other consumer services will be taxed next? This may well open the floodgates."

    Also, customers pay their fair share of state sales taxes - between $14 and $25 - when they purchase DirecTV equipment, Austin said.

    From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
  2. James_F

    James_F Damn you woman! DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Wish they would have fought for us in AZ... :( Oh well... I like supporting local goverment. :rolleyes:
  3. invaliduser88

    invaliduser88 Welcome to Torchwood DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Next thing you know, some idiot politition will want to tax the air we breath.

    Question: How does a signal from a satellite from geostationary orbit around the equator deserve to be taxed?
  4. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Shhh! Don't give 'em any ideas :)
  5. bfennema

    bfennema AllStar

    Jul 21, 2002
    So, on spair the air days, we'd get a tax break if we didn't breath as much? :)

    Would people in LA pay less cause their air is more polluted?
  6. DarrellP

    DarrellP Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    Isn't that called a GAS tax?:D
  7. AllieVi

    AllieVi Hall Of Fame

    Apr 10, 2002
    Actually, the reverse is true. The case would be made that we're getting MORE than just simple air when we breathe and, thus, should pay more. :D
  8. Jacob S

    Jacob S Hall Of Fame

    Apr 14, 2002
    So if we did not pay tax on the air we breathe, what would they do then, suffocate us?
  9. catman

    catman Godfather

    Jun 27, 2002
    First they started to tax our wages . Then , our gas . then , cigerette tax was imposed . Does anyone see a trend here ? . Goverment taxes us for everything . next it will be sex . Look out then . The USA turns comminst .
  10. Arclight

    Arclight New Member

    May 11, 2002
    Notice the guy who plans to re-introduce it is a Demo'!!

    Tax and spend!!

    Thats why businesses have been leaving Calif for years--too many taxes.

  11. James

    James Guest

    Why does everyone also jump at the "Communist" word, when it obvious you don't know what it means.
    The USA has a high income tax, has had for decades.
  12. Bob

    Bob Guest

    So ready to point a finger. Have you checked the balance in your 401K lately? Wasn't it the Repubs who were against tougher laws to monitor big business, and then recently (with politically correct timing) changed their minds.
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