SENATOR HUKILL: CONSUMERS WIN WITH LOWER CELL PHONE TAXES

Posted on: October 14, 2013

PORT ORANGE – Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange), filed Senate Bill 266 which
reduces the communication services tax (CST) by 2% saving Florida’s taxpayers over $282
million dollars.


Various state and local taxes and fees were restructured in 2001 into the current tax, which now
stands as one of the highest in the nation. “CST is a dreaded tax impacting millions of Floridians
every month, whether they use a cell phone or smart phone, fax machine, watch cable or satellite
TV,” said Senator Hukill.


Early this year, in its Briefing, Florida TaxWatch found Florida’s rates to be the fourth highest
compared to other states, raising “questions about the fairness of the tax…and the attractiveness
of Florida’s economic climate.”


“There are over 18 million cell phones alone in Florida today and growing daily,” said Hukill,
“Floridians need a tax break and this is the tax break they deserve.”

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