State Tax Rankings

Where Does Your State Stand?

Taxes and Fees on Monthly Wireless Service, July 2015
Rank State State-Local Wireless Rate Federal Rate (USF) Combined Federal/ State/ Local Rate
1 Washington 18.69% 6.46% 25.15%
2 Nebraska 18.53% 6.46% 24.99%
3 New York 17.90% 6.46% 24.36%
4 Illinois 17.46% 6.46% 23.92%
5 Missouri 14.79% 6.46% 21.25%
6 Rhode Island 14.70% 6.46% 21.16%
7 Florida 14.66% 6.46% 21.12%
8 Arkansas 14.31% 6.46% 20.77%
9 Pennsylvania 14.14% 6.46% 20.60%
10 Kansas 13.53% 6.46% 19.99%
11 South Dakota 13.14% 6.46% 19.60%
12 Utah 12.77% 6.46% 19.23%
13 Alaska 12.69% 6.46% 19.15%
14 Maryland 12.67% 6.46% 19.13%
15 North Dakota 12.27% 6.46% 18.73%
16 Tennessee 11.99% 6.46% 18.45%
17 Arizona 11.98% 6.46% 18.44%
18 DC 11.63% 6.46% 18.09%
19 California 11.60% 6.46% 18.06%
20 Texas 11.53% 6.46% 17.99%
21 New Mexico 11.22% 6.46% 17.68%
22 Indiana 11.06% 6.46% 17.52%
23 Oklahoma 10.88% 6.46% 17.34%
24 Colorado 10.78% 6.46% 17.24%
25 South Carolina 10.58% 6.46% 17.04%
26 Kentucky 10.56% 6.46% 17.02%
27 Alabama 9.75% 6.46% 16.21%
28 Minnesota 9.54% 6.46% 16.00%
29 Georgia 9.22% 6.46% 15.68%
30 Mississippi 9.14% 6.46% 15.60%
31 Massachusetts 8.93% 6.46% 15.39%
32 New Jersey 8.93% 6.46% 15.39%
33 Iowa 8.71% 6.46% 15.17%
34 North Carolina 8.59% 6.46% 15.05%
35 Vermont 8.50% 6.46% 14.96%
36 Ohio 8.42% 6.46% 14.88%
37 Michigan 8.28% 6.46% 14.74%
38 New Hampshire 8.22% 6.46% 14.68%
39 Wyoming 7.95% 6.46% 14.41%
40 Hawaii 7.61% 6.46% 14.07%
41 Connecticut 7.44% 6.46% 13.90%
42 Maine 7.35% 6.46% 13.81%
43 Louisiana 7.29% 6.46% 13.75%
44 Wisconsin 7.17% 6.46% 13.63%
45 Virginia 6.61% 6.46% 13.07%
46 West Virginia 6.43% 6.46% 12.89%
47 Delaware 6.29% 6.46% 12.75%
48 Montana 6.11% 6.46% 12.57%
49 Idaho 2.17% 6.46% 8.63%
50 Nevada 1.95% 6.46% 8.41%
51 Oregon 1.80% 6.46% 8.26%
Weighted Avg. 11.50% 6.46% 17.96%
Simple Avg. 10.16% 6.46% 16.62%

Sources: Methodology from COST, “50-State Study and Report on Telecommunications Taxation,” May 2005. Updated July 2015 using state statutes, FCC data, and local ordinances
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