Cellphone Taxes On The Rise

You may want to check your cellphone bill. You might just find some new taxes added in the past months.

Undated — Cellphone users are being hit by new taxes as state and local governments scramble to replace declining tax revenue from traditional phones.

The new charges are adding $2 to $10 or more a month to cellphone bills on top of existing federal and state taxes and fees for emergency 911 communications. Examples:

.Thirty-two of Virginia’s 39 cities have levied cellphone taxes since the Legislature approved the tax in 2003. Most recently: Alexandria approved a $3-a-month tax last week.

.Baltimore added a $3.50 monthly tax in September.

.Oregon’s Legislature is considering a 5% tax, the Missouri Legislature a 3% or 4% tax. Full Story…

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