IRS - Keep Paying for the Spanish-American War
It appears that the iRS has no regard for the law, or the decisions of the courts....
PRESS RELEASE FROM AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM
Contact: Christopher Butler ( cbutler@... or 202-785-0266)
IRS to Taxpayers: Keep Paying for the Spanish-American War
Agency tells phone companies to keep collecting
Spanish-American War tax,defying federal court ruling
WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) yesterday issued a notice that telephone companies should continue to collect and remit the federal excise tax on long distance telephone service, despite a ruling earlier this year by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that the tax was unlawful.
The tax, which was enacted in 1898 as a temporary luxury tax to fund the Spanish-American War, costs businesses and individuals approximately $5 billion annually. The Spanish-American War tax funds no specific purpose, but instead flows into general revenue.
The IRS not only declined an opportunity to make good tax policy, but also blatantly defied a federal court in continuing to collect the tax, said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The only silver lining here is that perhaps Congress will see the lunacy of this particular tax and repeal it all together.
H.R. 1898 and S. 1321, sponsored by Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), respectively, would repeal the tax entirely. Identical legislation passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly in 2000, but was vetoed by then President Bill Clinton.
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all federal and state tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview with Mr. Norquist please contact Christopher Butler at (202)785-0266 or by email at cbutler@....