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  1. #1
    Elite Member
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    Apr 2000
    Grayson County, TX
    Kubota B2710

    Default Excise tax on Long Distance

    Just FYI, the IRS has given up on collecting excise tax on long distance service. In fact, taxpayers can get a refund of all the taxes paid during the 41-month period ended 7/31/06.

    Rather than use actual taxes paid (which is an option), individuals can take a credit based on number of exemptions. Businesses can estimate the credit based on the difference in excise tax rates between the April '06 phone bill (which has the excise tax) and September '06 (which does not have the tax) and applying this to the total phone expense during the period.

    The credit is reported on new IRS form 8913 which is attached to the return. The form looks incomplete to me and thus far there are no instructions.

    This is a pretty small deal for individuals, but could be significant for businesses that have high long distance bills.
    Alan L., TX
    South of Bugtussle
    North of Mustang
    On the banks of Buck Creek
    We don't rent pigs.

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    Veteran Member DUMBDOG's Avatar
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    Jul 2002
    Central ND, Central FL
    NH 1630 W-7308 FEL/ Kubota L4630GSTC W-LA853 FEL WQ/A-CC 2544

    Default Re: Excise tax on Long Distance

    Sixty dollars for a family of four is sixty dollars. It is not often the IRS will give you money for filing your return.

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