Rhode Island

6th

highest in the U.S.

20.41%
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) 5.82%
TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX 20.41%

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Sources:  Methodology from COST, “50-State Study and Report on Telecommunications Taxation,” May 2005.  Updated July 2014 using state statutes, FCC data, and local ordinances.

Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU):  $48.79 per Cellular Telephone and Internet Association, July 2014.