Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Cities Plot To Tax Streaming Content?

Hat tip to Richard Rider for warning of the latest tax raising scheme being worked on by some cities. They want to tax online streaming content as utilities. The City of Alameda seems to be at the forefront of this movement, as the San Francisco Chronicle's Debra Saunders explains

How far they can go in succeeding with this is anyone's guess but, as Richard Rider points out: "From this point on, just about all new taxes in California are for underfunded pensions". They'll certainly want the money and look for any way of getting it.

We'll need to keep a close eye on our local city councils and Board of Supervisors for this idea to rear its ugly head here. I just hope that by posting about this, I'm not giving them the idea.


At 8:03 AM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Locals use pot (holes) and roads and a general to tax, tax and tax.....kinda electric too....in a bathtub of dirty water....and carbonated air......and taxing on jobs too......when has this type of economic fraud ever worked to "keep a society together?"...Never!

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all cool. If cities, counties and/or states want to encourage piracy, nay, drive people to piracy, let them. Even ol' Fred will come to know roughly how and where to download movies and TV shows safely, and present them on his TV, even if he chooses not to do so.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Rick Wentworth said...

im a nascar freak so almost every site i go to has streaming videos or live streaming . most are free .
there are also RSS feeds which bring live updates to lots of things that could be considered streaming . every tv channel with sports has their own GO application for pads and cell phones and most are free . how will any city or where ever track the millions of sites and apps to get their tax ???
also the article said new taxes are needed cause people are switching from land lines to cell phones and no taxes on cell phones . WRONG , i use trac phone and everytime i get another minute card i pay extra excise tax for it . it shows it clearly on receipt

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are already taxed for it through our broadband width monthly bill.
This would be double tax.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Rick: " i use trac phone and everytime i get another minute card i pay extra excise tax for it . it shows it clearly on receipt"

Hmmm...I'm with Tracfone,too, but never noticed. I noticed the total being more than the $19.99, but never noticed where the extra few cents went to.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Rick Wentworth said...

i get my minute cards at walmart and always keep receipts till i balance checkbook and my last one for a 60 minute card shows extra tax @ 9.26 % which totals an extra $1.84 for that card .
and that extra tax is not on any other receipts except when i buy a minute card

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I never buy the cards. I either buy more time online, or using the phone. It says $19.99 for 3 months online but, after you're done doing it, it's more like $21.00 or $22.00. Not much of a biggie to me since it's so convenient.

If you haven't set your phone up to buy more time using it, you probably should. It was nice having that all set up when we were in the St. Joe's emergency room. I tried to call the wife's parents with her phone only to get a message our time had expired. I quickly bought more time and was able to make the call. Despite me being a couple days expired, they still let me keep accumulated time after I'd paid for more.

If your phone is set up for it you just click on "Buy Time", or whatever it says. Then type in your PIN (I set the PIN up earlier thru tracfone.com), select how much time you're buying and...presto. you have more time.


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