Removal of outdated phone tax a victory for wireless consumers

05/26/2006 | NYTimes.com · Washington Post, The

The Treasury Department says it will stop collecting a 3% tax on phone calls billed based on distance and duration, which includes wireless communications. CTIA-The Wireless Association(r) President and CEO Steve Largent praised the move, saying it will allow consumers and the industry to "turn their attention and efforts to repealing discriminatory wireless taxes on the state and local level." As a result of the department's decision, consumers will get a refund of federal excise taxes paid since Feb. 28, 2003.

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