E-mail Tax an Old Hoax

The internet hoax-du-jour these days strikes at the heart of a national past-time  -- sending e-mail.   We did some checking, and we think that's exactly what it is -- another internet hoax, that just won't die.   But people keep asking, so here's what it's all about.   Ironically, the hoax about an e-mail tax is mostly spread BY e-mail.  Here's what it says:  "Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent charge on every delivered e-mail."  It goes on to say that the tax will make up for postal deficits...."the US Postal Service is claiming lost revenue due to the proliferation of e-mail costing nearly $230,000,000 per year..." Suppsedly, the Federal Government is quietly trying to push Bill 602P through congress.  We asked U-S Representative Jo Ann Emerson point-blank abou this, and she said: "This is absolutely untrue.  It's a hoax that started two years ago, and comes around with almost every new Congress.  The Legislature doesn't even number it's proposed legislation the way this is numbered, and the U-S Government has no plans to tax e-mail, and then give the proceeds to the US Postal Service." We even checked up on the internet at the well-respected Library of Congress "Thomas" site for tracking legislation.  When we asked to search for Bill 602P, this is the message we got.  When you think about it, a tax on e-mail runs counter to everything that makes the internet productive and popular; the free-flow of information and all that...and if you think about it even more, you'd realize that it runs counter to the Post Office too...after all they're now a quasi-governmental service, a separate, private company, and a tax would send customers away.  Besides, the Post office itself is trying to move onto the internet with mailing services. For instance, check out their official web-site, and you'll see more and more of their most valued services -- like certified mail -- offered online.  Finally, check out this U-S Congressman David Drieier of California's web-site which offers more information about the so-called e-mail tax hoax.

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