IRS Seeks to Repeal Cell Phone Tax Law
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service sought pubic comments on the idea of taxing personal use of cell phones that are provided by employers. Due to the highly negative response from both employees and business owners, the IRS has now changed its mind and decided to repeal the tax altogether. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said, "The passage of time, advances in technology, and the nature of communication in the modern workplace have rendered this law obsolete." Businesses and employees alike believed that sorting out business use versus personal use on cell phone bills would be overly burdensome to all involved. The IRS is recommending that congress repeal the law.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
Apple Seeks Public Dialog On Security
Apple CEO Tim Cook today reached out to Apple employees and consumers alike to further discuss the company's stance on encryption and the government's recent request to help it unlock an iPhone. In an email sent to employees and a Q&A published on Apple's web site, Cook reiterated his beliefs that the issue is much larger than a single phone — no matter the details of this particular case.
House Panel Says Stingrays Need Federal Guidelines
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a bipartisan panel, this week recommended that the federal government pass rules to manage the use stingrays and other cell-site simulating devices. The panel said in a report that law enforcement agencies have varying and inconsistent rules for the use of such devices.
Supreme Court to Weigh Accessibility of Cell Location Data
The Supreme Court today said it will hear a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. As it stands today, the government does not need to get a warrant when seeking location and other information held by phone companies.
Here's how it would have worked...
For instance, I am on a VZW agent demo line. I pay $15 a month for 1500 minutes, unlimited txt, 300 pix, free ringback tones, and 50% off all my data. I change devices and features all the time, but my bill usually runs about $30, and after taxes I pay about $35 a month, so $5 in taxes.
Now a comparable Verizon plan would be $99.99 for 1350 minutes and unlimited txt, $.99 for RBT, $44.99 for blackberry (never mind that I could get away with the $29.99 plan), $10 for VZNavigator, and $15 for VCAST W/Rhapsody. That's a total of $1...
Pubic comments? LMAO!!
Pubic comments!!!! LOL
This law would really suck for those of us who work for certain companies and have company issued phones, since 25% of the usage would have to be reported as personal income. Lame!
I fought the law...
My Feet Are Cold