Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wireless taxes and fees

Congressman Randy Forbes



The average American pays an estimated tax rate of 17% in combined federal, state, and local taxes and fees each month on wireless services, according to the Tax Foundation's Wireless Taxation in the United States, 2014 report. The impact of these taxes and fees are widespread for many Americans, as cell phones are increasingly their sole means of communication and connectivity. According to the Pew Research Center, as of January 2014, 90% of American adults have cell phones and about two-in-five U.S. households were "wireless-only" households.

Recently, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives to attempt to address this issue. The Wireless Telecommunications Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act, H.R. 1087, prohibits state and local governments from tacking on any new taxes and fees on specific communications services, such as wireless, for five years.  During this freeze, state and local governments are afforded time to restructure and simplify their communications tax structures, modernizing them to reflect current usage patterns moving forward.

Congressman Forbes is a co-sponsor of this bill.

Question of the Week:
Do you support H.R. 1087 to put a freeze on any new wireless taxes and fees?

(  ) Yes.
(  ) No.
(  ) I don't know.
(  ) Other.

Take the Poll here

 Find the results of last week's InstaPoll here.


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