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General => Computer and Tech Chat => Topic started by: alexander on Mar 07, 2011, 09:36

Title: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: alexander on Mar 07, 2011, 09:36
Would a 1p tax on each e-mail sent be a good idea to pay off the deficit like this trade union leader suggests ?

Bob Crow: email should be taxed to pay off deficit - Telegraph (http://tiny.cc/xqlz4)
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Mar 07, 2011, 10:24
Would a 1p tax on each e-mail sent be a good idea to pay off the deficit like this trade union leader suggests ?

Bob Crow: email should be taxed to pay off deficit - Telegraph (http://tiny.cc/xqlz4)

An interesting idea. Not sure it would work though. I think it would be far more effective in combatting spam email (something I think Microsoft proposed a little while ago).
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: alexander on Mar 07, 2011, 10:39
I think it's an interesting idea as well but have no idea how it could be put into effect with most e-mails being spam like the article says. But with millions of e-mails sent each day it would create quite a bit of cash in return which could be spend on all sorts not just paying off the dificit. I don't think it's an all out bad suggestion as such but have no idea how it could work.

After posting it on here I also posted it on the SMB thingy and so far every single one replying has rediculed his suggestion and like you and I asked how he reckons it could work.
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: woodstock on Mar 07, 2011, 11:41
after looking after corparate email systems for years and  years - I fail to see how this can work...(tho, haven't read the article yet) - would they tax business emails (i.e. @microsoft.com) or just the likes of @hotmail.com - if so, then it would be down to the users ISP to deal with, or hotmail itself?

seems very unworkable - but then it's a pie in the sky idea from a politician...
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Mar 07, 2011, 11:47
after looking after corparate email systems for years and  years - I fail to see how this can work...(tho, haven't read the article yet) - would they tax business emails (i.e. @microsoft.com) or just the likes of @hotmail.com - if so, then it would be down to the users ISP to deal with, or hotmail itself?

seems very unworkable - but then it's a pie in the sky idea from a politician...

Blue Sky Thinking I think they call it.  :lol:
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: SouthernExPat on Mar 07, 2011, 13:54
Daft idea if you ask me.

The 'corporates' have already throttled the life out of anything free about the internet!...just another way to make more money out of us all.
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: RainingCrazy on Mar 07, 2011, 14:32
Would a 1p tax on each e-mail sent be a good idea to pay off the deficit like this trade union leader suggests ?

Bob Crow: email should be taxed to pay off deficit - Telegraph (http://tiny.cc/xqlz4)

All this will do is cause further problems. You will see various email services go bust with angry people refusing to use the services having to pay money to send emails on a service that is supposed to be - notice the keyword here folks - FREE.

This will just make people think that the goverment is begging for money and are getting desperate for cash. Dont make the free email services suffer just because the torys have a debt not hotmail,yahoos etc problem
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: alexander on Mar 07, 2011, 14:44
But what if they could make it so that private e-mails sent from people's homes are cheaper or even free and only companies and public institutions have to pay 1p for each sent e-mail ? Wouldn't that work ? If, that is, it is even possible to set up such a system, of course. I would rather the government found money this way than having to cut down on education, health care or the service that elderly people get. This, if they could get it to work, would mean a lot of money for the government, not just this current one but the next one as well. Money to pay for the current situation has to be generated from somewhere and why not 1p an e-mail ? If it can be put into place would it really be such a mad idea ? It's thinking out of the box for a start.
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Mar 07, 2011, 14:53
I think it's an idea I would consider to try to cut out spam, but not for a tax to pay the debt. For that, I think the levy on banks should be taken further, with a small levy (0.1-0.3% would probably be fine) on every transaction. It would mean the more risk they took, the more would be paid. As they are primarily responsible for the meltdown that occurred it's only reasonable that they should be the ones who pay to put it right.
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: woodstock on Mar 07, 2011, 15:39
wel, if it's going to affect only corporate email - then would that only be external? - as I can't imagine it would affect internal emails - there'd be an uproar...
then I dare say all emails would then have to be routed via some kind of gateway that can determine what emails are being sent etc...not really workable imo...

Spam - well, most of this is from abroad - so, I'm not sure there'd be much reduction there...and the uk based stuff would simply be hosted abroad anyway... talking of...(just thinking out aloud!) - surely corporate companies would simply move their email servers abroad too...!!
as our company has the internet gateways in germany...so, would they be able to monitor that..?

yep...totally unworkable... :D
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: RainingCrazy on Mar 07, 2011, 16:27
Next thing you know they would be taxing you tube and if you tube said no they or the torys would block it off from the UK being able to access it
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Mar 07, 2011, 18:42
Think this idea will go no further, as it will be impossible to implement.
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: The_Stig on Mar 08, 2011, 07:01
A stupid and impractical idea it may be, but it might cut down on spam.
Title: Re: Tax on E-mails ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Mar 08, 2011, 08:04
Don't know if it could necessarily be called stupid, it's just someone looking for a solution. Sometimes this type of thinking can work, but if the idea is unworkable then it will normally come out in the investigations.