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JJJohnson

join:2001-08-25
Fort Collins, CO

[Bill] No longer paying sales tax?

I notice that my last two bills do not include a city sales tax of $2.81 added on to the $72.95 that I pay. Is Comcast no longer collecting local sales taxes? I can't imagine that the city has dropped sales taxes on cable service.



RR Conductor
NWP RR Inc.,serving NW CA
Premium
join:2002-04-02
Redwood Valley, CA
kudos:1

We've never paid sales tax on our Comcast HSI, but we're out in the country (Redwood Valley) in an unincorporated county (Mendocino) area.



Darknessfall
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join:2012-08-17
kudos:6

We're still being charged tax.


rody_44
Premium
join:2004-02-20
Quakertown, PA
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to JJJohnson

Holy shit, Like 5 percent city sales tax. Even philadelphia only gets 1 percent of a sales tax. i dont apy any city tax but i pay a state tax on some parts of my cable bill. I think its only the tv portion of my bill. I dont think the feds allow internet to be taxed.



tshirt
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join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
Reviews:
·Comcast

3 edits
reply to JJJohnson

I think you'll see it back in a month or two.
Here, after the rate adjustment, there was no tax the first month, then 19 cents sales tax this month, which I'm fairly sure will be the correct amount of 9.8 cents next month . (which means most months we will pay a dime followed by a nine cent month, and so on)

edit:Actual amount was $0.16, and should be $0.08.1 per month, billing says it is STATE sales tax on TV only



MOWAA

join:2010-03-25
Fort Lauderdale, FL
reply to JJJohnson

In Florida services are not taxable under state Law.
Our Company also is a Non Profit so we don't pay tax in the first place.



JJJohnson

join:2001-08-25
Fort Collins, CO
reply to rody_44

said by rody_44:

Holy shit, Like 5 percent city sales tax.

3.85%, which is pretty typical of towns in Colorado. Unlike PA, we have state, county, and city sales taxes. Only the city sales tax has ever been charged by Comcast.


tshirt
Premium,MVM
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
reply to rody_44

The differnce here being sales tax is high, but NO state income tax!
In washington we pay sales tax on internet purchases, but not internet service (at least not yet)


andyross
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
reply to JJJohnson

It's possible some definitions changed as to what is and is not taxable.



JJJohnson

join:2001-08-25
Fort Collins, CO
reply to JJJohnson

I just received a reply to a question that I asked of the city's sales tax department:

> In response to your question, Larimer County District Court determined
> that the Comcast internet access charges are not taxable by the City
> of Fort Collins.

Very interesting. Would that mean that past city sales taxes should be refunded? Let's see... 12 years x 12 months x ~2.50 = $360.



tshirt
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join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
Reviews:
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Maybe after it's been upheld in a higher court (no city is going to let all the money go back.

The trouble with a blanket refund (most likely result) is then the city has to add some tax or fee to pay it back and what you recieve (minus legal fees and court costs) will be much less then you will end up paying for the cities mistake



JJJohnson

join:2001-08-25
Fort Collins, CO
reply to JJJohnson

The city's sales tax department has emailed me back saying that I can request a refund of the sales taxes going back three years from the date of the request. That works out to about $100.

But they want copies of my Comcast bills. Turns out that I've gone "paperless" over that period, and there are only a year's worth of past bills available in PDF in my account info online. I just finished a live conversation with a completely clueless Comcast customer service rep. Took me 30 minutes just to (I hope) convey what I need. And... she claims that they need to _mail_ me the bill copies. So much for saving a tree.

Comcast never ceases to amaze.



tshirt
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join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5

EMAIL them(billing dept) a carefully worded request, provide reliable contact info, and be patient, it will eventaully reach some one who can send them by paper or electronicly



Streetlight

join:2005-11-07
Colorado Springs, CO
reply to JJJohnson

My Colorado Springs Comcast bill itemizes State, County and City sales taxes. Now, in Colorado, services are exempt from sales tax. If you have an appliance installed, you pay sales tax for the hardware but not for the labor. I guess bytes are a product, so you're paying sales tax on that product. Hmmm....


rody_44
Premium
join:2004-02-20
Quakertown, PA
reply to JJJohnson

Unlike pa, In pa we have state sales tax. Only philadelphia gets a extra 1 percent of the sales tax. The rest of the state only pays state sales tax. Good luck getting a refund of any extra charged sales tax.


ualdayan

join:2004-07-17
Antioch, TN
reply to JJJohnson

said by JJJohnson:

I just received a reply to a question that I asked of the city's sales tax department:

> In response to your question, Larimer County District Court determined
> that the Comcast internet access charges are not taxable by the City
> of Fort Collins.

Very interesting. Would that mean that past city sales taxes should be refunded? Let's see... 12 years x 12 months x ~2.50 = $360.

Federal law says it is illegal for a state/county/city to tax internet service. (Internet PURCHASES are a different matter altogether, but the actual service connection can't be taxed.)

»arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2007···tension/


Streetlight

join:2005-11-07
Colorado Springs, CO

said by ualdayan:

said by JJJohnson:

I just received a reply to a question that I asked of the city's sales tax department:

> In response to your question, Larimer County District Court determined
> that the Comcast internet access charges are not taxable by the City
> of Fort Collins.

Very interesting. Would that mean that past city sales taxes should be refunded? Let's see... 12 years x 12 months x ~2.50 = $360.

Federal law says it is illegal for a state/county/city to tax internet service. (Internet PURCHASES are a different matter altogether, but the actual service connection can't be taxed.)

»arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2007···tension/

Not quite. Article referenced is from Oct 26 2007, and notes that the bill passed by the House of Representatives extends the taxation ban for 4 years, presumably to 2011. The Senate version extends the ban for 7 years, to 2014. Also, "The nine states that managed to enact 'Net access taxes prior to the moratorium's enactment in 1998 are exempt from the ban, and would continue to be under the just-passed legislation. "

I'm not sure whether Colorado is one of the nine. No mention of whether the House and Senate came together to pass a bill with a seven year moratorium to the president. More research is necessary to see if this is the law.
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A. C. Doyle
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