Rhode Island

6th

highest in the U.S.

21.16%
combined wireless tax rate

Why so much?

Tax / ChargeTax %
State sales tax7.00%
Gross receipts tax5.00%
911 fee2.14%
Additional wireless 911 fee0.56%
Universal Service Fund (Federal)6.46%
TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX21.16%
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Sources:  Methodology from COST, “50-State Study and Report on Telecommunications Taxation,” May 2005.  Updated July 2015 using state statutes, FCC data, and local ordinances.

Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU):  $46.64 per Cellular Telephone and Internet Association, July 2015.