EU Tax on Emails and Text Messages

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A tax on emails and SMS text messages has been floated once or twice in the past but now the Eurocrats seem taking the matter a bit more seriously by setting up a EU Parliament Working Group, chaired by French MEP Alain Lamassoure. According to a Reuters report in Yahoo News the proposals on the table are for a levy of 0.8 pence (€0.15) for text messages and €0.00001 for emails. It doesn’t sound like a lot but with billions of emails and text messages being sent every day it could raise a very tidy sum. No word yet on who pays — sender, recipient or service provider — how they’re going to collect it and what they’ll spend it on, but it looks like one way or another they’re going to find a way to milk it.

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