2009-12-18 / Top Stories

Weiner: NY Pays More Cell Taxes Than Most

Anthony Weiner Anthony Weiner Representative Anthony Weiner, the vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commu ni ca tions, Technology, and the Inter net, has released a new study showing New Yorkers pay 10 cell phone taxes and fees — more than any other major city in the country — as well as the second highest effective cell phone tax rate of the major cities surveyed. Weiner's study found that residents pay an astonishing 16.2 percent in state and city cell phone taxes.

"Our cell phone bills have monthly fees for everything from city and state sales taxes to multiple surcharges. It's gotten out of control," Weiner said.

Study Highlights: New York City residents have 10 city and state taxes charged on their cell phone bill—more than any other of the major cities highlighted in the study. Of those 10 taxes, four are state while the remaining six taxes are levied by the City. NYC residents pay 4.5 percent more in cell taxes than residents of Los Angeles, which was the lowest of the 10 surveyed cities.

New York City residents are burdened with the following 10 taxes and fees every month when they receive a cell phone bill:

- State sales tax: 4.0 percent - Local sales tax: 4.125 percent - Metropolitan Commuter Transpor tation District sales tax: 0.25 percent.

- State excise tax: 2.5 percent

- Metropolitan Commuter Transpor - tation excise/surcharge: 0.3 percent

- Local utility gross receipts tax: 1.51 percent

- State wireless 911: $1.20 per month statewide

- Local wireless 911: $0.30 per month

- Metropolitan Commuter Transpor - ta tion surcharge: 0.13 percent

-NY franchise tax: 0.38 percent

This adds up to an average of 16.20 percent in State and City fees and taxes alone for the typical New York City cell phone user.

When coupled with the additional Federal service fund tax of more than 4 percent, this means New Yorkers are charged an extra 20 percent in taxes on their cell phone bill every month.

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