Do you own a phone? Have you lived in Los Angeles since 2005? Do you love getting free money? Well, here's your chance to gloriously turn the tables and demand cash from the Los Angeles city government. This is not a drill.
As reported by LA Weekly, the city has finally settled Ardon v. City of Los Angeles, a 9-year-old class-action lawsuit that accused Los Angeles of wrongfully taxing Angelenos for telephone service. As a result, the city has been forced to pay $92.5 million in refunds, which could result in easy money if you meet the eligibility criteria -- and there's a good chance that you do.
Specifically, if you had a residential landline phone, business landline phone, or mobile phone service with a billing address within Los Angeles and paid telephone service taxes between October 19, 2005 and March 15, 2008, then you're eligible to file a claim for a refund. This means that if you owned a mobile phone during that time, the city likely owes you $50. If you had a residential landline, you're owed $30, and if you had a business landline, you're owed $50. If you had all three at the time, you can claim a refund of $130, according to the report.