Cable TV and Phone Calls Are Taxed at Twice the Rate of Other Goods, Study Finds

by on May 2, 2007 · 2 comments

Those who care about free speech should consider why government taxes are higher on communications than on other goods and services. This new study by The Heartland Institute and the Beacon Hill Institute is eye opening.

Here’s a paragraph from the study:

According to the Tax Foundation, the national average retail sales tax rate (combining local, county, and state sales taxes, weighted by personal income) is 6.61 percent. Taxes and fees on cable TV and telephone subscribers average 13.52 percent, twice as high. In other words, telephone calls and cable services are taxed at two times the rate as clothing, sporting goods, and other household products.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com/ enigma_foundry

    You have conlated “free” as in Beer with “Free” as in Speech.

    They are different things entirely.

    Telephones require an infrastructure, and are not some of the taxes which you mention earmarked for support of that network?

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    You have conlated “free” as in Beer with “Free” as in Speech.

    They are different things entirely.

    Telephones require an infrastructure, and are not some of the taxes which you mention earmarked for support of that network?

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