Washington

1st

highest in the U.S.

25.15%
combined wireless tax rate

Why so much?

Tax / ChargeTax %
State sales tax6.50%
Local sales tax2.65%
B&O / Utility Franchise — local7.50%
911 — state0.54%
911 — local1.50%
Universal Service Fund (Federal)6.46%
TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX25.15%
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Source:  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.