California to tax emails?
Citizens already get taxed on their property, incomes, and investment. Must we be taxed for our emails too?
A California official thinks a it’s a great idea. The official suggests that the internet, including emails, is an untapped resource for revenue.
Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak brought up email taxation during a recent council meeting. He proposed that the money collected can be used to save the local post offices, which had been struggling for quite awhile.
“There should be something like a bit tax,” he said during the meeting on March 5. “I mean, a bit tax could be a cent per gigabit and they would make, probably, billions of dollars a year.”
He suggested that there should be a “very tiny tax on email.”
According to Wozniak, reactions to the idea had been mixed.
“Most people don’t like the idea of taxing the internet.”
“There are a number of people who say it’s a good idea, but some are saying it’s impractical and there’s no way to do it.”
Chris Edwards, an economist with the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, is one of the people who do not like the idea of an internet tax.
“It’s a terrible idea.”
“The government doesn’t need any more tax money. That’s not the problem. The American government is spending more than ever.”
But others like LA Times columnist, George Skelton, suggested that an internet tax could cut down on “spammers and scammers.” He suggested that huge emails can be taxed an additional amount, just like a bulky letter can cost more than a regular sized letter.
Do you think an internet tax is a good idea?