After a bipartisan group of more than 140 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011, I released the following statement:
“On behalf of the wireless industry, and more importantly wireless consumers, we appreciate the support of the more than 140 co-sponsors, led by Representatives Lofgren and Franks and Senators Wyden and Snowe, to put a five-year moratorium on the discriminatory taxes and fees levied on our consumers. This freeze would not take away any existing revenue for state and local governments, but would provide time so the localities can reform their existing tax systems.
“In light of today’s challenging economic conditions, it is hard to understand why the average wireless consumer is being charged more than 16 percent in taxes and fees when other taxable goods and services are only 7.4 percent. When you add the fact that policymakers are looking for ways to make affordable broadband accessible for all Americans, it’s incomprehensible why 47 states and the District of Columbia charge their wireless consumers a rate that exceeds the general rates for other taxable goods and services.
“CTIA and our member companies will continue to try to get this important bill passed by Congress so our wireless consumers receive some financial relief in this difficult economy.”