Tax Alert! Cell-Phone Tax up for a vote

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

HB 2075 is a new cell phone tax.    Lawmakers seek to expand the encroaching reach of the E-911 tax to cover pre-paid cell phone users and VoIP users (Voice over Internet Protocol).    Those who buy prepaid cell phones are often the lowest income Oregonians and those trying to save every penny they can.   Why are we heaping a tax on these low income Oregonians and the cost-savings companies that have built a helpful market appealing to them?    The politicians are putting this 75-cent monthly tax to 911 services and extolling the emergency need of the fund.   Yet the politicians have swept more than $20 million from the E-911 fund over the past years.   The explosion of cell-phone use has grown the fund quite healthy which makes the reason behind this tax just another tax grab by politicians.

Tell your lawmaker No Cell Phone Tax Increases!

Call 1-800-332-2313 and ask to speak to your State Representative

Find your lawmaker online here

The bill is up for a committee hearing tomorrow.  Thurs.-March 17th, 8:00 A.M. HR A. HB 2075.  So please act soon.

We can’t tax our way out of a recession, but we can tax our way deeper if we don’t stop.

— Read the actual cell-phone tax bill HB 2075 here

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  • The Bill Post Radio Show

    What’s REALLY funny about this is I tried to tell everyone during the cell phone “tax” debate in Keizer, that the State WOULD do this, and any cities that do it now, will be grandfathered in at the rate they set and not be subject to the state’s “tax”.
    Keizer proposed a levy of 3%. Hmm…looks pretty good now.

  • The Bill Post Radio Show

    What’s REALLY funny about this is I tried to tell everyone during the cell phone “tax” debate in Keizer, that the State WOULD do this, and any cities that do it now, will be grandfathered in at the rate they set and not be subject to the state’s “tax”.
    Keizer proposed a levy of 3%. Hmm…looks pretty good now.

    • Davis

      If you read the bill you would realize that it has no bearing whatsoever to the claims you made in defense of the failed attempt by the Keizer City Council to impose an unjust tax on wireless providers. Instead, the bill makes amendments to existing statutes to incorporate pre-paid service providers like Tracfone, Net10, and even AT&T. That is all it does. It neither increases the amount of the tax (still $0.75/month) nor changes how the tax gets collected.

      The amendments that address pre-paid service providers are so poorly written, however, that this bill should not stand a chance at passing. It is so unjust that one of the two methods for calculating the amount of tax that providers must remit on behalf of customers requires providers to consider how many customers they have nationally! In what kind of bizarro world does Governor Kitzhaber (at whose request this bill was introduced) live?! On top of that, Gov. Taxhaber requested this bill on behalf of the Oregon Military Department! Just what in the world does OMD have to do with 9-1-1?

      This is an absolutely idiotic bill aside from the obvious tax implications. It should be DOA.

  • Bob Clark

    Representative Brewer should be against this tax since the fund seems to be used for other purposes besides 911 government service costs, i.e, not a truly dedicated service fund. Seems like 911 should be funded out of the general fund for state law enforcement. Cell phones actually are very useful tools for solving 911 emergencies, and taxing them would seem to discourage their use. Go figure.

  • JeanS

    Bastards!!!!!!!!!! Every single one of the 90 legislators are bastards. Everyone of em!

  • Ulrich

    Darnit and fundangle! I purposefully have a SVC phone cause that’s all I can afford as far as a mobiles concerned. That 75c is more than 10% of the cost of running my plan per month. That’s ridiculous, and extortionist.

  • Money, money, money. My name is Porky Politician and I want your money so I can spend it on my special interest buddies. Let’s raise cell phone tax, and then start a sales tax, and then raise income tax. How about those greedy corporation? Let’s raise their taxes, too. Oh… they make campaign contribution so I can get re-elected? Let’s give those nice, sustainable, green companies some tax breaks. They really do need some breaks.

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