Attention Wireless Users: You’re Unfairly Taxed and Taxed More Than Ever
As reported this morning in Politico, Scott Mackey released his report on wireless taxes, fees and surcharges that shows wireless consumers pay the highest documented combined tax and fee burden EVER.This is a truly troublesome trend, which is why we are advocating for the U.S. Senate to pass the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (S. 543). The U.S. House already passed the bipartisan bill last year, but we need the Senate to do the same so millions of wireless customers can get some much needed financial relief. Consider the following:
- 34 percent of U.S. households are wireless-only.
- 26 percent of all users with download speeds of 3 Mbps and up are served by wireless broadband (page 14).
- 83 percent of African Americans and 85 percent of Hispanics surveyed recently said they support the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, which would prohibit states and municipalities from raising taxes and fees on wireless service.
- The average amount consumers pay in wireless taxes, fees and surcharges rose from $7.84 to $8.07 per line per month.
- The average wireless user’s burden increased from 16.26 percent to 17.18 percent.
- State and local wireless taxes and fees rose from 11.21 percent to 11.36 percent.
- 23 states that imposed taxes on wireless service in excess of 15 percent per line/per month.
- 5 states above 20 percent per line/per month.
- 46 states and the District of Columbia that imposed local and state taxes and fees higher than those on other goods and services.
- 28 states that impose taxes on wireless service in excess of 15 percent per line/per month.
- 7 states above 20 percent per line/per month.
- 46 states and the District of Columbia impose local and state taxes and fees higher than those on other goods and services.
- Nebraska (24.49 percent)
- Washington (24.44 percent)
- New York (23.67 percent)
- Florida (22.41 percent)
- Illinois (21.76 percent)