Washington

1st

highest in the U.S.

24.42%
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 tax6.50%
Local sales tax2.65%
B&O / Utility Franchise — local7.50%
911 — state0.51%
911 — local1.43%
Universal Service Fund (Federal)5.82%
TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX24.42%
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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.