Please don't let this devolve into a "you are paying too much for your phone topic" and try to keep on point. I switched carriers for my family plan from T-Mobile to Sprint a few months ago. My bill is $140.98, then Sprint adds on surcharges of $6.61 then the "government taxes and fees" is $13.26 for a total of $160.85. But I notice on my bill that Sprint has broken down the government taxes and fees to "State of Illinois 911 Tax" of $1.46 then "(Insert your city here)- if applicable and state excise tax of $11.80. I called my town and they said they do have a cell phone tax but they couldn't tell me what the rate was.
Its gotta be pretty steep as the amount is so large (unless the culprit is state excise tax)
Has anyone tried to spoof the local tax with fake address (relative or friend) that lives in a no tax or low tax state?
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posted: Jun. 11, 2012 @ 4:23p
Thread belongs in Fraud Discussion, not Deal Discussion.
posted: Jun. 11, 2012 @ 8:39p
IL (even out of Chicago Metro) is usually a mid-higher taxed state (not as high as CA, but still...), so I think pretty much every county has their bit of the telephone tax pie, so it wouldn't be just illegal or immoral, but difficult at best...
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posted: Jun. 11, 2012 @ 11:11p
Quick question - I live in FL which has one of the highest cell taxes at over 20%, if I use my friends billing address in michigan, will verizon mind/care?
posted: Jun. 12, 2012 @ 9:04a
Ya, and you notify your state at the end of the year that you bought something online and didn't pay the tax on it, and then you mail in the tax with your state 1040 tax form at the end of the year.
posted: Jun. 12, 2012 @ 9:11a
Just did my own investigation. The taxes are based on your billing address. Here are the tax rates. Switching from Illinois to Nevada would save me over $100 a year.
Figure if you switch to e-billing, your friend in another state doesn't even have to get your physical bill.
posted: Jun. 17, 2012 @ 2:51p
Yes, you just need to find a friend that doesn't mind having all your cell phone marketing newsletters flowing into their mailbox. Stupid AT&T magazine and offers to "add a line" and extend my contract two years... seems like a monthly thing.
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posted: Jun. 17, 2012 @ 8:55p
timx said: Just did my own investigation. The taxes are based on your billing address. Here are the tax rates. Switching from Illinois to Nevada would save me over $100 a year.
http://www.mywireless.org/state-issues/state-tax-rankings/ Your investigation is flawed. Since 2008 cell phone taxes on post-paid plans have been based on the area code of service you select when you activate or transfer a number to your cell phone and not the billing zip code for your plan. Unless you want to have an out-of-state area code, switching to a Nevada billing address is not going to save you a cent on Illinois local taxes and usage tarrifs if you still maintain a cell phone number with an Illinois area code. Right now the only way to avoid these "taxes" is to use a prepaid cell phone plan. However even using a prepaid phone is only a temporary solution as the FCC has already mandated that by 2016 each state where you use your cell phone during a billing or prepaid plan period will get their piece of the tax pie from your cell phone usage reagrdless of the type of prepaid/post-paid plan you use. For prepaid plans that means the end of the true flat rate unlimited cell phone service as starting in 2016 in addition to having a flat rate unlimited or per minute rate plan you will need to keep a positive rolling balance to compensate the tax man as well as the other usual federal govenment tariffs like safelink that post-paid cell phone plan and landline users already pay right now.
posted: Aug. 7, 2012 @ 8:54a
I'm trying to avoid CITY taxes on my phone bill. My area code (chicago suburb) has over 100 cities. It can't be based on area code. Also the first three numbers on my cell phone number is not the local landline prefix, so it can't be based on the phone number at all. My phone bill is showing the itemized money I am paying to my city, so there is no other way to track this besides my billing address.
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posted: Aug. 7, 2012 @ 10:50a
back when i sold cell service, if more than a certain % of your use was outside of your billing area they would cut you off, that has been a few years , howardforums may have something on the topic
alamo11 said: Quick question - I live in FL which has one of the highest cell taxes at over 20%, if I use my friends billing address in michigan, will verizon mind/care?
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