Recently I got on my high horse to complain about robocalls once again. They’ve been swarming the Casey household like flies on an elephant’s rotting corpse.
The best solution I’d heard was canceling your land line altogether and going 100 percent wireless.
But there are less radical strategies out there that other readers were quick to suggest. These solutions cost a bit of money and take a little effort. But they vanquish all unsolicited calls, so they might be worth it.
The first came from Keith Finch, an attorney who lives in Blacksburg. It’s something he discovered four years ago, when he bought a house. Finch wanted the same level of land line service at home that he had at his law office. But that provider only offered business telephone service.
So Finch formed a corporation to own his home land line. That cost $75, and it can be done online at the State Corporation Commission website.
Next he got a tax identification number for that corporation. That can be done on the Internal Revenue Service website and it’s free, he said.
Then he used the tax ID number and corporate documents to sign up for landl ine phone service at his home. Finally, he put the phone number on the national Do Not Call Registry.
Finch did not have to open a bank account in the shell corporation’s name. Nor does the phone company care if you fail to renew your annual corporate registration, he added.
“I didn’t do it to avoid robocalls,” he told me. “It was purely by accident.” But it ended them for good.
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