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Cell phone taxes and fees reach all-time high, here are the worst states

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Cell phone taxes and fees reach all-time high, here are the worst states
Tax policy experts from KSE Partners have spent five years collecting data about federal, state and local taxes in your cell phone bill.

On average north of 16% of your bill from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile goes to taxes and fees, compared to 7.4% for other goods for taxation. This rate has climbed up three times faster than the one on other goods and services in the three year period 2007-2010, since the financial crisis hit, and now we have an all-time high percentage of taxes and fees collected with our monthly bills.

The states with the highest rate are: 1. Nebraska: 23.69%, 2. Washington: 23%, 3. New York: 22.83%, 4. Florida: 21.62%, 5. Illinois: 20.90%, 6. Rhode Island: 19.67%, 7. Missouri: 19.28%, 8. Pennsylvania: 19.13%, 9. Kansas: 18.39%, and 10. Texas: 17.48%

States that have the lowest wireless taxes and fee ratio are as follows: 1. Oregon: 6.86%, 2. Nevada: 7.13%, 3. Idaho: 7.25%, 4. Montana: 11.08%, 5. West Virginia: 11.28%, 6. Delaware: 11.30%, 7. Louisiana: 11.33%, 8. Virginia: 11.61%, 9. Alaska: 11.74%, 10. Connecticut: 12.01%.

via PCMag & KPAO

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posted on 17 Feb 2011, 04:32

1. kanon (Posts: 36; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Not much of an issue here in Idaho lol but I am moving to Seattle this summer :/

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 08:10

2. chack_fu (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2009)


Paperless billing+ Online payments= keeping idaho taxes!!

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:06

3. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


wheres California????

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:14

4. Yo (unregistered)


In the middle 30 just like Georgia and Alabama.

I cringed when I saw Nebraska's percentage. Why is it so high?!?

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:42

5. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Part of me hopes that Nebraska's number is a typo. How is that legal if it is true? Being from IL, I am only shocked we are not higher- hope I State Government doesn't see this list- top 5 in tax rates won't be good enough for them. Grew up in Fort Myers FL- surprised to see them so high. Connecticut and Delaware towards the bottom also surprise me- good for them. Oregon at 6.86% while Washington is at 23% ? Look south, oh great north-westerners....

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:54

8. 123jdl (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Aug 2010)


It is typo... If it were to be that high it wouldn't surprise me.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:44

6. greysonbotts (unregistered)


wholly crap ola
i live in Nebraska but i don't see how they are getting that 69%

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:53

7. 123jdl (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Aug 2010)


It is a typo.

States With Highest Wireless Taxes:
1. Nebraska: 23.69%
2. Washington: 23%
3. New York: 22.83%
4. Florida: 21.62%
5. Illinois: 20.90%
6 Rhode Island: 19.67%
7 Missouri: 19.28%
8 Pennsylvania: 19.13%
9 Kansas: 18.39%
10 Texas: 17.48%

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