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April 8, 2007 12:57 PM   Subscribe

Telephone excise tax refund
Get your $60 + bucks back from the government... and do something good with it (beware talking website). Via the always excellent Ian Masters today.
posted by specialk420 (24 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
I heart Ed Begley Jr.
posted by stenseng at 1:05 PM on April 8, 2007


Crap, I haven't filed yet.
posted by IronLizard at 1:19 PM on April 8, 2007


Sorry, which country is this for?
posted by fish tick at 1:20 PM on April 8, 2007


Larry Hagman is still alive?
posted by birdherder at 1:27 PM on April 8, 2007


Ironlizard... luck you - i just emailed my accountant. :)


fish tick - USA.
posted by specialk420 at 1:36 PM on April 8, 2007


Amy Goodman also wrote about this recently.
posted by bdk3clash at 1:37 PM on April 8, 2007


Anyone know if this year's Turbotax picks this up?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 1:39 PM on April 8, 2007


Lentrohamsanin: yes, it does.
posted by brain_drain at 1:49 PM on April 8, 2007


This handy little line is what allowed my boyfriend to get a whopping $9 refund.
posted by rhapsodie at 2:07 PM on April 8, 2007


Have we finished paying for that Spanish American war already?
posted by horsemuth at 2:08 PM on April 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


April 8th? I think it will be a little late for most people.

I did my taxes in January, and this option came up when I was doing taxes with turbo tax. I got $30. Woohoo I guess.

This handy little line is what allowed my boyfriend to get a whopping $9 refund.

Just $9? IIRC the government let everyone take $30 rather then totaling up all their phone bills for the past 10 years or whatever.
posted by delmoi at 2:26 PM on April 8, 2007


Oops, I used HRblock.com, not turbo tax.
posted by delmoi at 2:27 PM on April 8, 2007


Ironlizard... luck you - i just emailed my accountant. :)

Oh I knew about the phone tax thing months ago. I didn't have a regular phone in my name, however. This did remind me that the deadline is almost here, however. Thanks for that, anyway, specialk.
posted by IronLizard at 2:28 PM on April 8, 2007


Just $9? IIRC the government let everyone take $30 rather then totaling up all their phone bills for the past 10 years or whatever.

I meant adding this $30 to his return gave him a grand total of a $9 refund. That will surely get garnished anyway.
posted by rhapsodie at 2:35 PM on April 8, 2007


Do you need a regular land line to qualify? I was under the impression any long distance service was good for the refund, like mobile service. ?
posted by Boydrop at 2:44 PM on April 8, 2007


If you have already filed, can you do it next year?

Boydrop: "... available to anyone who paid such taxes on landline, wireless, or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service." [link]
posted by AwkwardPause at 2:58 PM on April 8, 2007


Boydrop--your impression was correct.
posted by Kibbutz at 2:59 PM on April 8, 2007


AwkwardPause--next time, please wait until I weigh in (or just pause awkwardly, as it were).
posted by Kibbutz at 3:00 PM on April 8, 2007


Oh, well, in THAT case :)
posted by IronLizard at 3:00 PM on April 8, 2007


Just checked out VerizonWireless.com to see if I could get a summary of the taxes I've paid in the past year. Nope. But they do offer some generic help content telling me that I can request my past statements for $5-6 / month. Thanks (for not much) Verizon!
posted by pkingdesign at 3:28 PM on April 8, 2007


Anyone know if this year's Turbotax picks this up?

YES, it does, no worries. The tax nerds in my family engaged in a lot of arm-waving earlier this year alerting me (and anyone who would listen, and a few who didn't care to) as to this new thingus. So far, every major tax prep software I've heard of has incorporated it into their presentation. Just pay attention when answering the questions. :)

(filed Jan 10 neener)
posted by sidereal at 3:54 PM on April 8, 2007


Thanks. :)
posted by nickyskye at 4:08 PM on April 8, 2007


Just in case some of you missed horsemuth's well laid snark, let us talk for a moment about the Federal Telephone Excise tax.

It was originally put in place to pay for the Spanish-American war. Yep, the one that happened way back in 1898. Since then, it has be repealed and reinstated numerous times, (in all most every case, in a time of war), but the fact remains that essentially, Americans are still paying a tax that was designed to help pay for a war that ended over a century ago. And since most people don't really look at their phone bill, they have no idea.

Things like this make me really hate The System.

/Works for a Telco-provider and has to explain this nonsense tax on occasion.

/grumbles...

posted by quin at 10:10 PM on April 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


Filling out last-minute tax forms today and suddenly remembered this post. Thanks a million... I mean $50, specialk420. How great that all of my hanging out in the blue is now making me money.

(Let's see, time spent reading MeFi, 500 hours/year; amount earned, $50 — that's a cool $.10/hour.)
posted by LeLiLo at 9:46 AM on April 16, 2007


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