California Considering Tax On Breathing
The California legislature unveiled plans last week for a new tax on the privilege of breathing.
The “Check Your Oxygen Privilege Act” will be voted on later this week.
A ‘shocking’ message doing rounds on social media and discussion forums claims about California Considering Tax On Breathing. It said the California legislature unveiled the plans for a new tax on the privilege of breathing and that it will be voted soon. Thankfully, that’s not the case – the claim comes from a satirical website.
Origin of Claim: California Considering Tax On Breathing
Many people believed in the story also because earlier California actually considered taxing people for text messaging. However, there’s nothing like “Check Your Oxygen Privilege Act”. The claim about California considering tax on Breathing originated from an article on The Babylon Bee website babylonbee.com. The article appeared on 17th December 2018 with the same title “California Considering Tax On Breathing“.
According to the article, Californians will have to pay a progressive tax on inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, after passing the proposal. It went on to say wealthier residents might have to pay as much as 40% of their income for every breath they take. It also added that the government has reportedly developed special breathing meters to help implement the bill. The article ends by saying California has also unveiled a tax on taxes, charging residents a luxury tax for the privilege of being taxed. Without any kind of credible reports about California considering Tax on Breathing, all this clearly indicates the satirical nature of the article. As indicated at the bottom of the website, “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire“.
Therefore, the messages about California considering Tax on Breathing are just hoaxes originating from a satirical publication.
California Planned to Tax Texting
For your information, earlier, California lawmakers did in fact consider taxing Text messages to boost budget. The proposal was however dropped later after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that such messaging is not taxable. Many citizens also said the plan to tax texting was a dumb idea.
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