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    Wink Email Tax?

    What if all email users were required to register their SSNs, EINs and/or bank account numbers so that they could be charged even a one-cent fee per email sent, for government revenue?

    Aside from the ease of hiding IP addresses/using "underground" email services mutually (although this wouldn't be feasible for B2B emails) and difficulty of enforcement, as well as "roundabouts" (instant messaging, social network wall postings, private messages via forums, forums created for the sole purpose of such, etc), do you think it'd be a good idea?

    With the huge volume of emails being sent and received everyday, would it be an easy, profitable source of "tax" revenue?

    Would that provide currently-free email providers the incentive to tack on their own charges and finally get a primary income stream that way ("hey, they already have to cough up the dough and info for the gov anyway, so why not tack on another one-cent fee, for OUR profit!')

    Would that hugely "ungreen" business operations, as well as reduce efficiency - less able to clarify things precisely via short back-and-forth emails, people turning to phone calls (clogging up the system), more use of paper, etc.

    Or would that help us get out of the debt hole?

    Let's just ignore the issue of the difficulty of enforcement - just assume it could be 100% enforced, would you support such a law?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    Let's just ignore the issue of the difficulty of enforcement - just assume it could be 100% enforced, would you support such a law?
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    Or would that help us get out of the debt hole?
    Doubt it. Cutting spending, taxing the super rich, and having competent people in charge of managing the economy would be better suited for that.

    Let's just ignore the issue of the difficulty of enforcement - just assume it could be 100% enforced, would you support such a law?
    Never.

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    Nah

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    Hell no. Way to leech. How about this for an idea - stop funding useless wars with tax payer money.

    Anyway, why should anyone be charged for receiving emails they had no intention of getting?

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    Think about it...if a billion emails are sent in America each day, that's $10,000,000 in revenue...daily. And since the world average daily emails approaches 62 billion, then in America it'd be safe to assume 10%? That's $620,000,000.....a day.

    620M*365= $226 BILLION a year. Nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars. And that's assuming only a 10% share of world email senders. It's probably more.

    That said...I could see diminishing returns as people turn away from sending emails domestically, using traditional communication methods. Or outsourcing emailing duties abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Hell no. Way to leech. How about this for an idea - stop funding useless wars with tax payer money.

    Anyway, why should anyone be charged for receiving emails they had no intention of getting?
    No no....only those who send the emails get charged.
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    The calculation is not that easy, if you you could enforce it 100% what you cant, you'll need a huge administrative apparatus and a lot of technical equipment. If you then do the math you prolly will even pay for your idea, like most of these ideas end.

    From what I know the SMS service for example is completly free for the provider. At least here at my place. So the money they charge you for a SMS completly goes into the providers pocket, no 'productiuon cost' or whatsoever. Similiar things would happen to that email thingie, since the government for example is no tech company, they'ld need to hire someone to monitor the stream and to realize what they want technically; alone that will make a lot companies to make a profit from the idea with no concers to the government
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    What the topic of this thread yields for Marmie Dearest:

    *denounces liberal politics, marries upper-middle class SJ for financial security, and does charity work to assuage accompanying guilt*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    What the topic of this thread yields for Marmie Dearest:

    *denounces liberal politics, marries upper-middle class SJ for financial security, and does charity work to assuage accompanying guilt*
    huh? Walk me down the bridge spanning your Ne leap, darlin...
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