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California texting tax

California is considering taxing its citizens for sending text messages

December 14th, 2018

Regulators in California have come up with a proposed plan to raise more money to pay for expanding internet connectivity in the state by adding a text message surcharge to residents’ phone bills. The plan has been brought up by the state’s Public Utilities Commission, which would add a monthly text message-related fee to users’ …

AT&T thirsty for Trump's tax cuts

AT&T is seriously thirsty for Trump’s tax cuts

November 17th, 2017

Trump’s tax plan, we’re told, is going to cause a boom in jobs like we’ve never seen. With the money corporations will save from having their tax bill cut virtually in half, they’ll invest in American companies and American jobs, making America Great Again and putting all those coal miners back to work. Among the …

Apple tax, Trump cash

How Trump’s tax plan would make Apple even richer

April 6th, 2017

Apple, a company with a cash stockpile bigger than a medium-sized country’s GDP, stands to benefit massively from Trump’s tax plan. According to analysis from Citi seen by Business Insider, Trump’s proposed changes to the tax code would see Apple’s earnings per share and profits go through the roof — provided that it doesn’t actually have …

Apple Tax Case

Apple exec avoids jail over Italian tax arragements

October 27th, 2016

A criminal investigation into a senior exec at Apple’s European division has concluded with no jail time, but a rather hefty fine. Italian prosecutors have been investigating Apple’s tax dealings through Apple Sales International, the Irish-based unit that controlled much of Apple’s European profits. According to Reuters, a settlement has now been reached, with the potential …

New York sues Sprint for $300 million over alleged tax fraud [updated]

April 19th, 2012

New York on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Sprint Nextel Corp looking to collect more than $300 million, Reuters reported. The wireless company is accused of tax fraud for deliberately not collecting or paying more than $100 million in taxes over the past seven years. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the complaint in …

Lawmaker launches assault on violent video games

February 3rd, 2012

An Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed levying a new tax on violent video games. Oklahoma Democrat Will Fourkiller has suggested the tax be applied to all games that receive an ESRB rating, which is intended for adults only. In addition, Fourkiller thinks T-Rated games should also have a tax added to the cost of the games, since some include …

Nokia owes Romania $10 million; tax authorities seize assets

November 11th, 2011

Nokia’s local assets were seized by Romanian tax authorities on Friday after it was revealed the company’s Romania-based subsidiary owes the government $10 million, Bloomberg said Friday. “We decided to seize the assets as a precautionary measure to prevent Nokia from selling them before they pay their debt to the state,” head of Romania’s tax authority Sorin …

House puts 5-year freeze on new mobile taxes with Wireless Tax Fairness Act

November 3rd, 2011

The United States House of Representatives approved the Wireless Tax Fairness Act on Tuesday, an initiative that prevents new local and state taxes on wireless bills for the next five years. “We need to encourage the development and adoption of wireless broadband, not tax it out of existence,” Representative Zoe Lofgren said. The average tax …

Steve Ballmer cashes in 49 million Microsoft shares

November 6th, 2010

Microsoft has issued a statement describing Steve Ballmer’s plans to sell up to 75 million shares in order “to gain financial diversification and to assist in tax planning”. A sale this large is bound to ring alarm bells with shareholders, however Ballmer has cleared the air of any brewing conspiracy theories. “Even though this is …