The Christmas Cell-Tax surprise!

Tax Alert by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

The City of Keizer is considering passing a cell-phone tax this December, just in time to spoil your Holidays and to do their part in extending the recession. The Taxpayer Association of Oregon helped put out a postcard alert and was quoted in the Keizer Times as saying “These cities need to balance their budgets with what they have in. There’s no sense in trying to punish a small group of people and their telephones to fix their spending problems.”

Also, the City of Portland maybe tinkering with a cell-phone tax as well (see article here) as stated by the Pacific Technology Alliance. Count these cell-taxes as another risky, unfair and economically harmful tax that voters will be burned about.

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  • Diamond Jim Franconni

    As a cell phone user I am happy to pay this tax to prevent people from dying in the street.

    • Anonymous

      If driver put down their damn cell phones, fewer people would be dying in the street.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    This one is pretty easy. We all know its an emergency. We all know there will be lepers in the street unless government has more money. I mean this is a huge emergency so government definitely needs more taxes.

    So is this as big an emergency as lets say……hmmmm…. maybe a war? Is it that big an emergency?

    I sure would say it is.

    OK, so city of Portland, meet Federal government. Federal government, explain to city of Portland how you taxed my phone for my entire life up until a few years ago, my mothers entire life and my grandmothers entire life because of a little old emergency we like to call the Spanish American war.

    City of Portland, that’s several generations worth of overages on phone taxes. Get it from them nitwits.

  • Anonymous

    Rupert’s bloviating aside…

    Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) have recently introduced the “Mobile Wireless Tax Fairness Act” (S 1192), which promises to enact a five-year halt on new or increased taxes on wireless infrastructure and services. It is supported by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Patty Murray (D- Wash.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

    This bill is a companion to the “Cell Tax Fairness Act of 2009” (HR 1521) that was introduced a few months ago by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) of the House. HR 1521 has just been scheduled for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation enjoys wide support in the telecommunications industry; the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), in particular, voiced its approval, adding that U.S. wireless subscribers paid almost $21 billion in taxes and fees in 2008.

    The legislation would not affect current state, local, or federal taxes.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >The legislation would not affect current state, local, or federal taxes.

      Yep, so in other words it has absolutely nothing to do with what I said.

      There is no bloviater like an anoymous nonsensical bloviater.

      • Anonymous

        If you follow the links provided you will discover that the bill was introduced in June of 2009.

        What day is today?

        blo⋅vi⋅ate  [bloh-vee-eyt]
        –verb (used without object), ‑at⋅ed, ‑at⋅ing.

        to speak pompously.

        1850–55, Americanism; pseudo-L alter. of blow to boast; popularized by W. G. Harding

        Related forms:
        bloâ‹…viâ‹…aâ‹…tion, noun

        Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.

  • Reper

    Go Wyden!

  • v person

    All straight people should have to pay cell phone taxes!

  • matthew vantress

    excuse me we pay more than enough taxes now.why dont you spoiled rich people who moan about how undertaxed we all are donate all your money to govt then?sorry the rest of us cant afford to pay more taxes.

  • Diamond Jim Franconni

    I am rich and I support these taxes.

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