Sunday, December 04, 2005

Stop Paying The War Tax Included On Your Phone Bill?

According to an article by San Francisco Chronicle consumer watchdog David Lazarus, thousands of Americans are expressing their opposition to the Iraq war by refusing to pay the "war tax" levied on all US phone subscribers as part of their monthly bill. Not only are they refusing to pay, but many phone service providers are making it easy for them to do so. For example, AT&T and Cingular Wireless when requested to do so by the customer will no longer include the tax on that customer's bill, but they do warn that under federal law they must report that customer's actions to the IRS.

As the article points out, refusing to pay this or any other federal tax can leave individuals open to prosecution, but due to the small amounts involved - well less than $2 per month for most folks in the San Francisco area - and the large amount it would take to threaten, much less prosecute those involved, the government has little incentive to take legal action.

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