Last month, the Florida House passed House Bill 7141, which among other things, sought to reduce the state’s Communications Services Tax (CST) on consumers’ wireless service, cable and satellite TV bills by $470 million annually. The bill, sponsored by Representative Matt Gaetz, passed the House with a virtually unanimous 112-3 vote.
Unfortunately, disagreements over healthcare funding between the state House and Senate led to the abrupt end of Florida’s legislative session before the state’s budget could be finalized. As a result, the companion tax cuts bill (SB110) in the Florida Senate, sponsored by Senator Dorothy Hukill, was not voted on in time.
Luckily, there is still hope. On June 1st, the Florida Legislature will be reconvening for a special session to address the state’s budget and the proposed CST cuts. It is crucial that the state’s lawmakers resolve their differences on the budget and pass the tax cuts before it is too late.
As we’ve mentioned before, these tax cuts are much needed in Florida. Wireless consumers in the Sunshine State currently pay over 22 percent in federal, state and local taxes on their monthly wireless bills, which is the 4th highest wireless tax rate in the country and three times higher than the general sales tax of other goods and services in the state.
CST reduction should be something everyone can agree on during the special session. The proposal as outlined in HB7141 and SB110 would save Floridians an estimated $470 million annually in wireless and TV taxes, which amounts to an annual consumer savings of $43 on every $100 spent on monthly wireless and TV services.
Wireless tax cuts are long overdue in Florida. Tell your legislators to pass the Communications Services Tax cuts during the special session!
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