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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/5092/phone-tax-finally-sunsetted-after-108-years/

Phone Tax Finally Sunsetted… After 108 Years

May 25, 2006 by

Several months ago Ted Roberts wrote an article discussing the tax on international phone calls that was originally levied to finance the Spanish-American War back in 1898. Today, MSNBC and others are reporting that effective July 31, this tax will finally disappear. In addition, consumers can file for a refund on this tax from March 2003 through the present – this is expected to be approximately $13 billion when the dust settles.

While much can be said on the topic of coerced philanthropy, this should serve as a clear illustration of how when the State gains the authority to do something, it is reticent to relinquish the authority. One down, thousands more to go.

{ 5 comments }

M E Hoffer May 25, 2006 at 6:59 pm

We have to File for a Refund??

I was under the impression the Federales already Had our Phone Records (?)(!)

If they were truly Sporting, they’d, at least, just cut us a check !

Filing for tax refunds, yet another truly regressive Tax. The shiv, you’d think it’d be worn out by now.

Steven May 26, 2006 at 12:41 am

I’m glad to see we can finally close the books on the Spanish-American War. Any idea how long it will take to finish paying for the rest of the wars since then?

Duodecimal May 26, 2006 at 7:55 am

I have a feeling the only reason this was repealed was because it was one of the more, if not most, egregious examples of enduring parasitism.

With this move they probably expect to slow the spread of anti-state sentiment by removing one of the simplest lightning rods, which had been most useful in illustrating some fundamental principles.

D Fitzgerald May 30, 2006 at 6:18 am

Actually the costs of Spanish American war are still adding up. The US “won” the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico during that war and all of them were money pits for the US taxpayer. So while we finally managed to get rid of the Philippines, we are still stuck with both Guam and Puerto Rico so the Spanish American war is still costing us money. Just like the US “won” WW2 and the Korean War yet the taxpayers are still paying for their “defense”, I wonder how long the Iraq war will cost us money and how many generations will be forced to pay?

phone verification man August 30, 2006 at 9:48 am

Iraq, Iran, then probably Afghanistan again, then Belarus, then Africa?.. Looks like Americans have really a damn lot of money to spend on wars…

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