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 / Charge||Tax %|
|State sales tax||6.50%|
|Local sales tax||2.65%|
|B&O / Utility Franchise — local||7.50%|
|911 — state||0.51%|
|911 — local||1.43%|
|Universal Service Fund (Federal)||5.82%|
|TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX||24.42%|
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Source: 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.