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AT&T to Help Customers Recoup $1 Billion in Taxes

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Jun 7, 2011, 11:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit that will have it reaching out to local and state governments in hopes of recouping nearly $1 billion in improperly collected taxes. Law Firm Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Gorny PC, based in Kansas City, sued AT&T in all 50 states in 2010 over taxes it claimed were not owed on internet services, but AT&T collected anyway. The total collected by AT&T is $956.16 million. "The settlement also requires us to help facilitate, on behalf of our customers, plaintiffs' efforts to seek tax refunds from state and local taxing authorities on behalf of the class," said AT&T spokesman Marty Richter to FierceWireless. "Any refunds will be passed along to the class — people who are our customers, and initially paid the taxes." AT&T will set up an escrow account to hold the money it is able to collect from local and state governments and will eventually parcel that money out to members of the class, which may be as many as 49 million customers. A federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois approved the proposed settlement last week.

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Jun 8, 2011, 6:06 AM

yes....YES....

Distribute that massive pot of wealth, you disgusting excuse of a man, de la Vega! Muwahahahaha!

In all reality, I find AT&T to be a rather shady and almost untrustworthy wireless company. Sure, they're all riddled by corruption, excessive rates and the such, but AT&T in particular seems to quite frequently have issues with over charging their customers unfairly. What's this I heard recently about them significantly overstating data usage for every smartphone user? Oh, that's just one in a series of many cases just like that? Oh, and they remain the only major carrier who does not offer an unlimited data option (although, to be fair, other carriers will likely soon adopt the tiered system)?

I'll take my money elsewhere.
the government stayed silent while at&t paid them too much in taxes on behalf of their customers, is at&t the only party at fault here?
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Joshmo

Jun 8, 2011, 9:32 AM

So...lemme get this straight....

AT&T collects tax $$, hands it over to the government.

AT&T gets sued.

AT&T is working to get the money back from the .gov and give it back to their customers.

So AT&T is the evil one here?
i know right? AT&T collected and paid too much in taxes, and the government stayed silent??
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GeeksAreBest

Jun 7, 2011, 1:02 PM

YEAH!

I want my $19.50 biotches!
That you'll probably use to pay them for your next bill.

Unless you switched providers, then you'll pay that party.
lol 19.50.... ya really needa check ya info again.
S-y-P-h-E-r

Jun 7, 2011, 11:39 PM

Hope this helps

http://www.attmsettlement.com »


Just so everyone knows this dont mean hundreds of $ for the masses.... we not even talking about dollar amounts either, The taxes in question were only a very SMALL amount off. expect credits of very small amnt to your account. Also notifications were sent out as in insert in many of the bills, here is also a number you can call too about the case. 877-905-8928
macizcool

Jun 7, 2011, 2:03 PM

How do I claim?

I never received any information about this lawsuit, and I should have been part of the class.
In most cases of class action suits their are too many people being harmed by it so the attorneys hired by one act for the many so to speak. If you have been affected you will see it once they decide how they intend to distribute it. I had a friend ...
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Red_Minx

Jun 7, 2011, 2:24 PM

Bout Time!!!

Bout time I get some money out of them!! SHOW ME THE MONEY!! Laughing
 
 
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