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A Look Back at Telephone Excise Tax Refunds: After the Gold Rush

CCMI Special Reports
Stephen J. Rosen

The Tax Man Turns Santa Claus

Over the last five years the Internal Revenue Service-the agency charged with collecting tax revenues-has, in one case, refunded more than $4 billion to taxpayers. The catalyst for this reaction was a group of enterprise users that was willing to step up and challenge the IRS when it insisted on taxing a long distance service that no longer fit within the plain language of the tax code. Although this particular gold rush is over, it is an encouraging tale for any enterprise user who believes that a federal, state or local taxing authority is being driven more by revenue maximization than adherence to the legislatively created tax code, and is willing to confront that authority in court


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