France considers taxing computer screens

In socialist paradises like France, it's getting harder to escape the tax man when he cometh to collect. Guardian: 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. The licence fee - €125 in mainland France and €80 in its overseas territories - is used to finance public...(Read Full Post)