Britain-TV tax

April 4, 2008 5:43:03 AM PDT
British authorities are harassing Colin Smith. At least that's what he says. He refuses to pay the country's TV tax because he doesn't own a TV. He watches movies on his new DVD projector.

But even so, officials have sent him over 80 letters over the years demanding that he buy a TV license, which costs nearly $300 a year. It pays for the BBC to broadcast without commercials.

Smith says he ignores the letters, no matter how threatening. Some bills come stamped with the words "payment due immediately." Others say "official warning" or threaten a "full investigation." Another mentions a "potential court appearance," and yet another warns "a prosecution has serious consequences."

Smith, who works for a local legislator, doesn't care but says his postman must think "Crikey, this guy's in trouble."