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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 18, 2013

If you are new to Arizona and using the same cell phone number you may be paying taxes in two states. Most people don’t mind long distance charges as carriers don’t charge for long distance anymore.

But there is one issue when you physically move from one state to Arizona.

If you are a resident of Arizona, and you are using your cell phone, it doesn’t matter what phone number you have, you should be paying Arizona taxes and fees to your cell phone provider. If you just moved here you might be paying taxes in two separate states.

If you are new to The Grand Canyon State be sure to take a good look at your next cell phone bill you may have charges from both states.

Providers like Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all been guilty of “double dipping” with their customers presumably through oversight on paperwork. Sprint has already given credit to customers who have inquired about the additional fees.

Additionally, different states have different tax rates on their cell phone plans. If you are on a tight budget or paying for multiple cell phone plans this extra tax could be detrimental to your personal and business finances.

Combining federal, state, and local rates Nebraska has a whopping 24.49% tax imposed on every cell phone plan.  Arizona ranks 11th highest with a combined total of 18.80% sales tax added to cell phone plans. If you have moved from Nebraska to Arizona and you are paying taxes for both states that is over 45% of your bill in sales tax.

As more and more people have begun adopting the smart phone market and losing their land lines it is expected that cell phone taxes will rise both locally and federally.