Rhode Island


highest in the U.S.

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 / ChargeTax %
State sales tax7.00%
Gross receipts tax5.00%
911 fee2.05%
Additional wireless 911 fee0.53%
Universal Service Fund (Federal)5.82%
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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.