Fri May 26th, 2006 at 10:19:54 AM EST
According to Reuters and Helsingin Sanomat, the European Union lawmakers are investigating the possibility of taxing e-mails and SMS text messages. The proposed amount would be 1,5 euro cents per SMS and 0,00001 cents per e-mail message.
A European Parliament working group is reviewing the idea, tabled by Alain Lamassoure, a prominent French MEP and member of the centre-right European People's Party, the assembly's largest group.
Lamassoure, a member of Jacques Chirac's UMP party, is proposing to add a tax of around 1.5 cents on text or SMS messages and a 0.00001 cent levy on every email sent.
"This is peanuts, but given the billions of transactions every day, this could still raise an immense income," he said.
Helsingin Sanomat is saying that the other new tax possibilities include a general EU tax, tax on airline tickets and an extra tax on oil companies.
What are your thoughts on this? I am wondering what kind of infrastructure would have to be in place to manage e-mail message taxation. Would the tax office receive exerpts from server logs? Or would there just be an estimated sum of money paid by the ISP's, which would then of course charge their clients? And wouldn't people start using free e-mail servers which reside outside the EU? Interesting.