Lawmakers considering changing the way cell phones purchases are taxed

CT charges sales tax on the actual price you pay for a cell phone

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering changing the way cell phones purchases are taxed.

Consumers buying a cell phone in Massachusetts at a discounted price pay the full 6.25 percent sales tax on the market value of the phone. So if you paid a discounted price of $200 for a bundling cell phone service through a carrier and the actual phone is worth $600, your paying the 6.25% on the $600.

“Adding on the price of the full tax is just a little extreme, it’s unnecessary and it’s totally obnoxious,” said Allerlaroo Bessette of Holyoke.

Connecticut charges sales tax on the actual price you pay for a cell phone. Massachusetts lawmakers proposed a similar taxation but it did not get into the fiscal 2016 budget.

New Hampshire has no sales tax so you pay only the price of what you see for the phone.

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