highest in the U.S.
15.70% combined wireless tax rate
Comparative Tax Rate – Wireless vs. Other Goods (%)
Wireless taxes and fees are nearly double the sales tax for other goods and services.
Why so much?
|Tax / Charge||Tax %|
|State sales tax||4.50%|
|Local sales taxes||3.95%|
|Universal Service Fund (Federal)||5.82%|
|TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX||15.70%|
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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.