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Friday, February 18, 2011

Cell Phone Tax Rankings

Tax Foundation logo The Tax Foundation today released States Target Cell Phones for Stealth, Burdensome Taxes:
The number of U.S. cell phone subscribers has grown significantly in recent years, from 55 million in 1997 to 292 million in 2010. That period has also seen a fall in landline telephones (there are now 50 million), and 2007 marked the first year that Americans spent more on cell phones than on landlines. This trend toward cell phones has not gone unnoticed by state and local governments, which have targeted wireless services for higher taxes. The average U.S. wireless consumer pays taxes and fees of 16.26%, of which state-local charges average 11.21%, according to a newly released study that identifies and calculates wireless taxes and fees. Twenty-three states have average state-local wireless taxes and fees in excess of 10%, and taking into account the infamous federal telephone excise tax (dating to the Spanish-American War and partly repealed in 2006), some cell phone subscribers pay more than 20% in taxes

1

Nebraska

23.69%

2

Washington

23.00%

3

New York

22.83%

4

Florida

21.62%

5

Illinois

20.90%

6

Rhode Island

19.67%

7

Missouri

19.28%

8

Pennsylvania

19.13%

9

Kansas

18.39%

10

Texas

17.48%

 

 

 

41

Connecticut

12.01%

42

Alaska

11.74%

43

Virginia

11.61%

44

Louisiana

11.33%

45

Delaware

11.30%

46

West Virginia

11.28%

47

Montana

11.08%

48

Idaho

  7.25%

49

Nevada

  7.13%

50

Oregon

  6.86%

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Comments

What's up with Nebraska? and how about Washington as neighbor state to Oregon? Yea! I can definitely see where this is going. I can't blame the gov't for 12 to 15%, but 22! Where will it end?

Posted by: PaceButler | Feb 21, 2011 11:02:45 AM