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New York has third highest cell phone taxes in the country

Oct 14, 2016 1:00 pm

Rick Karlin is reporting at Capitol Confidential a new survey by the Tax Foundation, New York imposes the nation’s third highest cell phone taxes, just behind Nebraska and the state of Washington. The Tax Foundation is a non-partisan group that looks at tax policy nationwide. Not only are the state taxes high, many of New York’s small city school districts impose an additional utility tax on wireless services. According to the survey, taxes and fees on wireless consumers have increased to 18.6 percent of the average monthly bill. In New York the combined federal, state and local rate was nearly 25 percent. According to the Tax Foundation an American household with four wireless phones, paying $100 a month for wireless voice service, pays nearly $225 every year in taxes, fees, and government surcharges. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.

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