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04-19-2012, 11:32 AM #1
New York Suing Sprint for More Than $300 Million
Everyone has probably heard by now that Sprint is one of the few cellular carriers in the U.S. offering truly unlimited data these days. In that, consumers see a ton of value in their network. One thing you may not have known is that Sprint has also been evading taxes in New York state, failing to bill customers for almost $100 million in taxes over the course of seven years.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman adds his opinion to the mix, elaborating on how Sprint failed bill taxes on their customers to make their network prices seem cheaper in comparison to competing cellular networks such as AT&T and Verizon, which did bill their customers on taxes. In return for the missing $100 million in taxes, New York state is now Suing Sprint for $300 million in addition to extra damages, which have yet to be publicized.
Sprint has been going through some rough financial times and was rumored to file for bankruptcy. The deal Sprint signed with Apple to carry the iPhone is certainly one of their biggest assets as the iPhone is their best-selling phone and it is helping to keep the company afloat. The $300 million damage due to their mistake, however, is going to put a dent in their profits for a little while.
Citing Reuters, Sprint was able to make their cellular service $4.6 million less expensive per month by not making their customers pay taxes. The good news is, New York state is not going after the customers that never paid the taxes, but instead the company itself. In this event, the customers get off without having to pay any taxes on their previous bills.
04-19-2012, 11:44 AM #2
nice so now all the employes will lose there jobs due to government wanting there cut
no one looks at the big picture its all about the money now days
this is why this economy went to SHITS !
04-19-2012, 11:51 AM #3
if their stock drops should one buy in? hmmm. I think it did drop a while back...
04-19-2012, 12:24 PM #4
04-19-2012, 12:45 PM #5
That's the cost of doing business. If you don't like taxes, move to a small deserted, unclaimed island.
The only reason your cell phone works is because our government -- representing you -- has arranged how the public airspace is being used. Without government reserving bandwidth in the public airspace, your wifi, cellphone, TV, radio, bluetooth, etc., wouldn't work: the airspace would be so congested with competing technology that very little would work and you'd end up with brain cancer due to the amount of power and frequencies used to make it work ('loudest voice wins').
As concerned as you are, MPS3, about paying too much taxes, I'm concerned about having government that works. The FCC is an example of one which generally does work as intended: you may not always like the results, but in a democracy, compromise is the alternative to chaos and violence.
Last edited by quidam_brujah; 04-19-2012 at 12:54 PM.
04-19-2012, 02:20 PM #6
Welcome to America where missing $100 million somehow makes you entitled to $300 million.
04-19-2012, 02:39 PM #7
lol no, employees will lose their jobs because Sprint and Hesse are a joke of a company. not because of the government.
04-19-2012, 03:00 PM #8
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04-19-2012, 04:45 PM #12
Hey... NYS needs the money so that they can turn around and waste it on sh1t such as red tape and not getting anything done.
Am I the only one who thinks that the roads in NYC are in worst shape than the roads in the middle of the Congo. All this waste... Where are the millions of dollars collected by NYC and NYS going? Up someone's butt?
04-19-2012, 05:28 PM #13
04-19-2012, 06:22 PM #14
Honestly, I smell something more to this story.....like Sprint did charge taxes, just not what the state thinks they should have.
Also, I am a firm believer in the price posted should be the price paid for phone service, all taxes, etc. should be included, end of story.
04-19-2012, 08:51 PM #15
04-19-2012, 09:11 PM #16
NYC waits 7 years to finally sue? Lol there has to be more to this...
04-19-2012, 09:56 PM #17
04-20-2012, 06:52 AM #18
Agreed. The way i see it, Sprint is looking out for themselves as well as consumers. We shouldn't have to pay taxes on everything oxygen touches.
I read somewhere, paying taxes in The U.S. is, constitutionally, optional. But the government insist on throwing you in the dungeon if you exercise your right and decline to pay. Ticks me off.
04-20-2012, 11:34 AM #19
04-21-2012, 06:40 AM #20
what would NOT get paid for if we didn't pay even state taxes. Next time you're on the highway and some idiot rams into your car, don't look for a state trooper to come to your rescue; if you have children (and even if you don't like I don't) get ready for streets filled with dumb-@** hooligans because there won't be any state-funded schools (where most of your state tax money goes); last, don't worry about the child molesters, rapists and murders since state taxes also pay for corrections facilities.
Hey, I hate paying taxes like everyone else, but realize it's a necessary evil if i want public services instead of living in anarchy-land.