Rhode Island

6th

highest in the U.S.

20.19%
combined wireless tax rate

Comparative Tax Rate – Wireless vs. Other Goods (%)

Wireless taxes and fees are nearly triple the sales tax for other goods and services.

Why so much?

Tax / Charge Tax %
State sales tax 7.00%
Gross receipts tax 5.00%
911 fee 2.05%
Additional wireless 911 fee 0.53%
Universal Service Fund (Federal) 5.60%
TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX 20.19%

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Sources: Methodology: Committee on State Taxation, 50-State Study and Report on Telecommunications Taxation, May 2005.

Updated July 2013 by Scott Mackey, KSE Partners LLP, using state statutes and regulations.
Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU): $48.73 per Cellular Telephone and Internet Association, June 2012.