Friday, June 10, 2005
Try as I might, I could not find much of a tax angle to this story from The Smoking Gun, but I want to pass it on anyway. A Florida busboy found Jimmy Buffet's cell phone outside a jazz club. The phone contained the numbers of several celebrities, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Al Gore, and Harrison Ford. During a night "smoking weed," the busboy says a friend called former President Clinton, after which local police and the Secret Service came and confiscated the phone. For the full police report, see here.
Rikki don't lose that number; you don't wanna call nobody else.
Send it off in a letter to yourself.
Rikki don't lose that number; it's the only one you own.
You might use it if you feel better, when you get home.
Florida has the 3rd highest cell phone tax rate in the U.S. (blogged here
Strategies to avoid cell phone taxes (Forbes
As for the ethics of my tax dodge, phonying up an address (even in a fit of pique) seems to cross the line. "I don't think you should be going out of your way to cheat the government," says Victor Fleischer, a UCLA law professor who just so happens to be another Los Angeles resident with a New York area code on his cell phone--and pays the extra taxes.