LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- A 108-year-old tax on long distance phone service is being eliminated, entitling millions of U.S. customers to refunds, The Los Angeles Times reported.
"Anyone who has paid for long distance services would be due a refund," Eric Smith, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, told the Times.
Over 100 million customers are expected to apply for a refund beginning in January 2007, the newspaper said.
The U.S. government, no longer willing to fight to keep the tax, notified phone service providers last month to stop levying the tax.
Most of the refunds are expected to be for small amounts, the newspaper reported.
The tax was first imposed in 1898 as a means of helping to pay the cost of the Spanish-American War. Though the war was short, the tax was never repealed and the law just stayed on the books.