Libertarians Denounce 100+ Year Old Tax

This is an interesting article from the Libertarian Party’s website that details the history of a 100+ year old communication tax. I always wondered what that crap on my phone bill was.

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A hundred and seven years ago, in 1898, the federal government began levying a temporary 3 percent excise tax on telephones, ostensibly to fund the Spanish-American War.

Flash forward to 2005—and every American with a telephone is still paying this “temporary” tax. The war was over after just a few months, but the tax has been in effect for over a century. On top of that, the tax does not go for any specific purpose. Rather, the funds are simply added to the general fund.

One Response to “Libertarians Denounce 100+ Year Old Tax”

  1. Mikey Says:

    I haven’t read the bills, but I would support such a “correction.”

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