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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Slowly but surely, the cost advantage creeps away. Reply with quote Back to top

Noticed this announcement on the website today:
NOTICE:
On or about May 1, 2006, Vonage will begin charging sales tax to Vonage customers in several states across the US. Some state and local governments are requiring we assess sales taxes on your Vonage service. These charges may be a flat fee or a percentage of your Vonage charges and may change from time to time without notice.

It sure seems that governments are doing their best to chip away at whatever cost advantage Voip might have over the Baby Bells. I remember some other "charge" that Vonage had to start applying at the end of last year and now "sales tax"?? Tax and spend government....gotta love it....
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I for one never like paying taxes, but it is the society in which we live. Without taxes there is no government. Complain as you might about the government, but you can't have a country without one.

I think it's fair that Voip phone service has to collect taxes just like any other phone service. The government can -- and has -- given tax breaks to certain emerging industries. The Internet has had its fair share of breaks, but don't blame Vonage for having to collect a tax. Blame your next door neighbor who cheats on his taxes, or the civil servant who gets a pension that's ridiculous. How about those people on welfare or other support who could just get off their butts and get a job! Blame them...not the government.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You've got to love the detailed info they provide - will begin charging sales tax to customers in several states (which ones?), flat rate or percentage, may change from time to time....
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

No that one you can clearly blame on Vonage. They know what the requirement is, they should spell it out. Maybe not in that "News Headline" but at least in a link to the "full story".

There must be something out there hat says which states are requiring the tax and how they want it collected (flat vs. percent). I did a Goggle search and came up with a few stories, but nothing definitive...but them again I only sent 3 minutes looking...

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Well.. Unless the State of Massachusetts levies a 400% sales tax on Voip services, the cost advantage isn't going away for me.
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