Washington

1st

highest in the U.S.

24.20%
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 1.44%
Universal Service Fund (Federal) 5.60%
TOTAL TRANSACTION TAX 24.20%

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Sources: Methodology: Committee on State Taxation, 50-State Study and Report on Telecommunications Taxation, May 2005.

Updated July 2013 by Scott Mackey, KSE Partners LLP, using state statutes and regulations.
Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU): $48.73 per Cellular Telephone and Internet Association, June 2012.