House to Vote on Freezing Wireless Tax Rates

6:25 PM October 31, 2011

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1002, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011.  H.R. 1002 would put a five-year moratorium on the taxes and fees charged to wireless consumers.

According to the findings, of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), the average wireless consumer is charged more than 16% in taxes and fees while other taxable goods and services are only 7.4%.  Additionally, 47 states along with the District of Columbia are charging wireless consumers more than other taxable goods and services. Five states, including Nebraska, Washington, New York, Florida and Illinois, charge more than 20%.

As a result, more than 140 Senators and Representatives have co-sponsored the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011.  This bipartisan legislation would put a five-year freeze on these taxes and fees.  The freeze would allow wireless consumers some much needed relief during these challenging conditions and give time for an examination into the discrepancy of wireless tax rates as compared to other goods and services.  Moreover, the freeze would not take away any existing revenue from state and local governments, but would give them time to reform their wireless tax policies.

If you are in favor of this legislation, please make your voice heard by contacting your Representatives and Senators.  With the House voting tomorrow, be sure to voice your support for this bill to Representative of your Congressional district.  Write your elected officials here.


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