Heartland Institute Experts React to Introduction of Wireless Tax Fairness Act

June 14, 2013

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“It is great to see that Congress is considering proposals that will protect taxpayers from discriminatory taxes such as those placed on wireless devices. There is no legitimate reason that the combined tax rate on mobile devices should be twice as high as the tax on other goods and services. These discriminatory taxes will hinder the growth of an industry that is on the front lines of innovation and job creation.”

John Nothdurft
Director of Government Relations
The Heartland Institute

“High wireless taxes drag down both consumers and the wireless market, deterring innovation and infrastructure improvements, while disproportionately affecting minority and low-income populations. Wireless taxes have skyrocketed in recent years; placing a moratorium on these discriminatory tax hikes would benefit both the economy and consumers. The Wireless Tax Fairness Act would allow legislators more time to create a new taxing system for wireless services that is more carefully developed, fair, and non-disruptive.”

Matthew Glans
Senior Policy Analyst
The Heartland Institute

“States and local governments have spent many years piling taxes onto wireless services in ways that are inexcusable. It’s not uncommon for people to pay more than twice as much tax on wireless services as they pay on other goods and services. It’s outrageous and should have been stopped long ago.”

Steve Stanek
Research Fellow, Budget and Tax Policy
The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, Budget & Tax News

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