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This is just one of the examples how our government wants to farm us, it's just all messed up here in hungary.
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Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

How about deal with what got you in debt in the first place.

What a novel idea. There are several countries i could think of that need to do the same thing rather than thinking about how to "increase revenues". But alas it seems that it is far easier to create new taxes rather than being responsible and cutting costs.......
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Wow this is insane!
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The thing that blows my mind is that its not a reasonable amount. If they were charging $0.01 for every GB, yeah it sucks, but hey its money.... no they want $0.62 which is quite a bit. Think about companies over there. The cost of doing busisness will go up quite a bit. Web hosting will go up, taxing your infrastructure like that, will set back the entire country.

I HIGHLY doubt this will pass.
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post #25 of 92
That's just extortion. I hope for the Hungarians they don't actually start it. If I lived there and they had this tax, then in the last 10 days, I would owe $93 (150 GB) in internet tax.
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How about deal with what got you in debt in the first place.

This is probably their way of dealing with it.
    
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Holy crap. I figure my households incoming traffic averages somewhere around 500gb per month with some months as high as 900gb, that would mean our monthly tax bill would be around $310 and annually around $3700. That would mean my total bill (tax + access fee) would go up 700%.
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What a novel idea. There are several countries i could think of that need to do the same thing rather than thinking about how to "increase revenues". But alas it seems that it is far easier to create new taxes rather than being responsible and cutting costs.......

They are being responsible, just not to the right people, they are being responsible to the groups that put them in office (not so much the ones that voted for them) and to the special intrest groups asking for monies for their cause, at least that is how it works in the good ole US of A
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They are being responsible, just not to the right people, they are being responsible to the groups that put them in office (not so much the ones that voted for them) and to the special intrest groups asking for monies for their cause, at least that is how it works in the good ole US of A

Unfortunately as I sit in Oklahoma I cant help but completely agree with you. I just dread what event will force them to start "governing" with common sense rather than what they are doing now..
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Ho-lee-crap. That would get VERY expensive VERY fast.

What would be the purpose of such a tax if not a blatant money grab? Generally taxes are raised first on undesirable things (gasoline because pollution and stuff, cigarettes, alcohol, etc). What's wrong with transferring a large amount of data over the internet?

Generally taxes are placed on stuff people want and would have a hard time providing for themselves outside of the regulating structure. Just sayin'.
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So taking a tax on something they don't invest in at all, is pretty much just taxing everyone. Might as well just put a "government is poor, give us your first borns!" tax on everyone and get on with it. Don't put some ridiculous tax to punish people.

That makes it even worse. If they want to tax more least they should try to double dip in their own programs or raise the taxes on their own infrastructure.

Taxes work on things like gas because (at least in the US) they are included in the price, and are very inelastic.
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