The average wireless consumer is charged more than 16 percent in taxes and fees while other taxable goods and services are only 7.4 percent. 47 states and the District of Columbia are charging wireless consumers more than other taxable goods and services. Five states, including Nebraska, Washington, New York, Florida and Illinois, charge more than 20 percent.
This is outrageous and that’s why we were pleased when more than 140 bipartisan U.S. Senators and Representatives co-sponsored the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011. S. 543 and H.R. 1002 would put a 5-year moratorium on these discriminatory taxes and fees so that our wireless consumers could get some much needed relief in these challenging economic conditions.
It is ridiculous when our consumers are being charged at least two times more than other taxable goods and services. We understand that the economy is challenging, but do the budget deficits have to be fixed by levying these taxes and fees on our consumers?
As Steve noted in his statement, the 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.
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Here are some of the great stories that have been written on this issue.
- CNET, Bill to ban new wireless taxes rises again
- Wireless Week, Bill seeks 5-year tax freeze on wireless services
- FierceWireless, Lawmakers once again introduce wireless tax moratorium bill
- Post Tech, The Circuit: Wireless tax bill
If you want to learn more about these discriminatory wireless taxes and fees, please visit our policy topic.