Taxing E-mail

Taxing email

There are many opinions on how to increase revenue for the Postal Service. From shipping beer and wine in the mail to selling non-mail related products, the opportunities are plentiful. One opinion offered by a CA councilman proposes a new alternative that might keep people from hitting the send button on their e-mails.

To generate revenue alternatives for the Postal Service, a Berkeley, CA, city councilman has proposed a “tiny tax” on e-mail. Money generated from the new tax would then be used to financially assist USPS. Citing that e-mail is at least partially responsible for reducing First-Class Mail volume, the new tax would serve to protect vital functions of the Postal Service.

Taxes on Internet usage are currently prohibited due to the passing of the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act and its three subsequent renewals. The Act is set to expire in 2014, however, and unless it’s renewed again, e-mail and other bit taxes could be on the horizon for Internet users across the United States.

Do you think an e-mail tax should be established to generate additional revenue for the Postal Service?

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  1. Grannybunny

     /  June 13, 2013


  2. Anonymous

     /  June 14, 2013

    This should have been thought of years ago… boat has sailed…

  3. Catherine Powell

     /  June 14, 2013

    No…absolutely not. That’s the last thing we need is one more tax.

  4. Anonymous

     /  June 14, 2013

    No! We are already being taxed to death on everything else in life, food, transportation, clothing, cell phones, internet and even after death and it’s never enough. Where do we draw the line from greed?

  5. Anonymous

     /  June 15, 2013


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