Ok. There are two things that I have learned from this story. Call me ignorant, but I had no idea that people are paying an annual tax if they own a television. Seriously?! Well, evidently, that will no longer be enough. France is considering taxing computer screens.
Do you see where socialism leads? There are always more rules, regulations and taxes in order to oppress, control and rob the people. This is President Obama's plan for America. He desires total control over the population, more oppressive government and more confiscatory tax rates for all. The people that voted for Obama in 2008 can take 100% credit for the decline we are experiencing. Unfortunately, Democrat voters will vote for him again this year, as well as the illegal aliens and the dead. We are in serious trouble, here. - Reggie
Culture minister says government is considering making those who own a computer screen but no television pay up
The French government is considering extending the television licence fee to include computer screen owners to boost revenues for public-sector broadcasting operations, the culture minister said on Saturday.
President François Hollande's Socialist government aims to raise an extra €7.5bn (£6bn) this year through tax rises included in an amended budget bill to be unveiled next week.
"Is it necessary to extend the fee to [computer] screens when you do not have a television? It is a question we're asking ourselves, but obviously it would be a fee per household and you would not have to pay an [additional] fee if you have a computer and a television," Aurélie Filippetti said on RTL radio.
She said the government would study the new measure in 2013.