Wireless Customers Pay Over $17 Billion

Overall, the Tax Foundation found that American wireless customers annually pay approximately $17.2 billion in taxes, fees, and government surcharges. The biggest chunk of that, about $7 billion, goes to sales taxes, while over $5 billion is paid as part of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) surcharges.All providers must contribute to USF, which funds initiatives such as the Connect America Fund, Lifeline, and E-rate, according to the FCC. But this fee is not required by law to be charged to the consumer; in fact, some carriers absorb the cost, while others pass it along to consumers as an extra fee.

Source: Wireless Customers Pay Over $17 Billion in Taxes & Government Fees Each Year