Cell phone Taxes by State


 Most of us complain of the high cell phone taxes which our state charges after their Federal, Local and State taxes. So, how does one reduce their cell phone taxes? Apparently cell phone carriers charge by their customers cell phone number area code and not their billing address. So, in this list, we have cell phone taxes by state listed. Choose the state with the lowest amount of tax and where you might get an address and reduce your cell phone bill.

In this list, all states charge a Federal Excise tax of 3.0% and Federal USF tax of 2.48%. The only cell phone tax that would vary per state is the State-Local Tax. So, here is the list of Cell Phone taxes by State in the United States.

The list is based on

#. State Name: State Local Tax %, Total Cell Phone Tax %, Highest Cell phone tax rank.

NOTE: The higher the Cell phone tax rank the better. In this case, Nevada with rank 51 gives you the lowest cell phone taxes whereas New York with Rank 1 charges the highest cell phone taxes in the country.

1. Alabama 7.45%, Total cell phone tax 12.93%, Rank: 32

2. Alaska  4.05%, Total Cell phone tax 9.53%, Rank: 47

3. Arizona: 11.06%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 16.54%, Rank: 14

4. Arkansas: 10.21%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 15.69%, Rank: 19

5. California: 13.18%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 18.66, Rank: 9

6. Colorado: 9.37%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 14.85%, Rank: 23
7. Connecticut: 6.41%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 11.89%, Rank: 39
8. Delaware: 5.49%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 10.97%, Rank: 44

9. Washingon DC: 12.57%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 18.05%, Rank: 10

10.  Florida: 16.12%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 21.60%, Rank: 2

11. Georgia: 7.64%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 13.12%, Rank: 29

12. Hawaii: 6.14%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 11.62%, Rank: 40

13. Idaho: 2.23%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 7.71%, Rank: 49

14. Illinois: 15.57%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 21.05%, Rank: 4

15. Indiana: 9.62%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 15.10%, Rank: 21

16. Iowa: 6.53%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 12.01%, Rank: 36

17. Kansas: 10.32%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 15.80%, Rank: 17

18. Kentucky: 9.98%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 15.46%, Rank: 20

19. Louisiana: 4.39% , Total Cell Phone Tax: 9.87%, Rank: 46

20. Maine:6.53%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 12.01%, Rank: 37

21. Maryland:7.07%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 12.55%, Rank: 34

22. Massachusetts:5.63%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 11.11%, Rank: 42

23. Michigan: 7.07%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 12.55%, Rank: 35

24. Minnesota: 8.10, Total Cell Phone Tax: 13.58%, Rank: 25

25. Mississippi: 9.07%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 14.55%, Rank: 24

26. Missouri: 11.12%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 16.60%, Rank:13

27. Montana: 4.99%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 10.47%, Rank:45

28.  Nebraska: 15.13%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 20.61%, Rank:5

29.  Nevada: 1.14%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 6.62%, Rank:51

30.  New Hampshire: 7.87%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 13.35%, Rank: 26

31.  New Jersey: 6.00%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 11.48%, Rank: 41

32.  New Mexico: 7.63% , Total Cell Phone Tax:13.11 %, Rank: 30

33.  New York: 16.23%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 21.71%, Rank: 1

34.  North Carolina: 7.65%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 13.13%, Rank: 28

35. North Dakota: 10.94% , Total Cell Phone Tax: 16.42%, Rank: 15

36. Ohio: 7.63%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 13.11%, Rank: 31

37.  Oklahoma: 9.58%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 15.06%, Rank: 22

38.  Oregon: 2.27%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 7.75%, Rank: 48

39.  Pennsylvania: 13.57%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 19.05%, Rank: 8

40.  Rhode Island: 14.07% , Total Cell Phone Tax: 19.55%, Rank: 7

41.  South Carolina: 6.50%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 11.98%, Rank: 38

42. South Dakota: 12.01, Total Cell Phone Tax: 17.49%, Rank: 11

43.  Tennessee: 11.57%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 17.05%, Rank: 12

44.  Texas: 14.19%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 19.67%, Rank: 6

45.  Utah: 10.25%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 15.73%, Rank: 18

46.  Vermont: 7.27%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 12.75%, Rank: 33

47.  Virginia: 7.75%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 13.23%, Rank: 27

48.  Washington: 16.04%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 21.52%, Rank: 3

49. West Virginia: 1.94%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 7.42%, Rank: 50

50.  Wisconsin: 5.55%, Total Cell Phone Tax: 11.03%, Rank: 43

51.  Wyoming: 10.67, Total Cell Phone Tax: 16.15%, Rank: 16

7. Rhode Island 14.07%, Total cell phone tax 19.55%

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  • Fritz

    is it legal for them to raise your tax every other month? my bill with this new company, republic wireless, started at $11.00, and now is $12.48. this is for a $10 plan. they told me taxes could vary each month due to my mailing address. sounds fishy to me, but they refuse to explain, and i don’t know where to go for answers.

  • http://www.cpr-franchise.com/ Tracy-top 50 franchise

    here in our place we don’t have taxes at all..at least we don’t experience those kind of problem and were lucky enough.our world is full of technology and many gadgets are invented..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003670018810 Missy Prissy-Pants

    so … if Alaska’s mobile tax is 9.53% … why is an average 12.15% taxed on my bill??


    I am in ghana all what you are talking of can it be done here

  • marty

    If i have a new york zip code but live in nevead will i be chargge neveada sales tax or ny sales tax

    • Fourdfour

      You will be charged NY tax as stated in the article. Just to clarify though, it is not a “sales tax”. It is a state cell phone tax. Theyr’e very different rates.

  • marty

    ever wonder how in the world the usa can have no money !?!? with all this new tax money coming in? where do they spend this money on? if 100million americans have cell phones and we all pay $10 bucks a month in taxes thats 1 billion dollars a monthin taxes?

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  • Robert

    Ok, I live in Illinois, tax rate of 21.05%, now that is OUTRAGEOUS, I feel like I’m getting scammed.

  • chris

    WHEN were these figures obtained? The lack of date information is an egregious oversight in this article.

    I believe these figures are at least 5 years old. They match the numbers I found on another site dated 2005.

  • jacob

    in confused. so is the tax for michigan 7.07%or12.55%?

  • Tax researcher

    How did you find your data? I am having difficulty locating the correct sites within the states to see what they are currently.

  • Jade

    Now, I never understood these crazy phone taxes – there are just so many of them! I used to have a $49 plan and ended up paying more than $60 every month between service, taxes and fees. I finally changed to prepaid and now I just buy the minutes I need – no hassles or high taxes and fees My maximum expense per month is about $20 with prepaid.

  • Jo

    Excuse me, i made a typo…i meant to say> ” I’m NOT saying” instead i said “I’m now saying” Sry

  • Jo

    Does anyone think that cell phone taxes all together are the dumbest thing? my plan is a 40/month this latest bill is 51.00, that’s 11 dollars toward gas money!! Please tell me I’m not the only one irritated by idiotic taxes like these. And why don’t we do anything? People in London voiced their opinion, I’m now saying we should throw rocks through a window but as far as masses of people bringing important complaints before our government, i wish it would happen….peacefully tho.

    • American Justice

      My current plan in Indiana was 39.99 with 7.05 in taxes. 17.6% tax on my 39.99 that I was already charged 21% federal and state income tax.. Taxation without representation and taxation with poor representation are equally bad ideas.

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    Thanks NY for screw me over =/

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