Illinois’ Cell Phone Tax Highest in Nation

Illinois’ Cell Phone Tax Highest in Nation

(RFD) -Illinois edged out Washington state to charge the highest cellphone taxes in the country this year, with wireless taxes accounting for 21 percent of the state’s average consumer bill, according to a report from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Tax Foundation spokesman John Buhl said Illinois’ tax rates on cell service is similar to the sin taxes slapped on alcohol and tobacco. When including the federal tax on cell service, the combined total is about 27.5 percent of the average consumer bill. Illinois’ average cell tax is the highest in the country; a full 1.5 percent higher than second-place Alaska and Washington.