The South Carolina legislature is considering a new tax on cell phones that was introduced by state Sen. Thomas Alexander.
The tax would generate an additional $4.5 million in government support for landline telephone companies that have lost many of their employees as cell phones become more popular. Opponents of the tax note that over 16 percent of South Carolina consumers’ cell phone bills are already comprised of fees and taxes.
Opponents of the tax encourage residents to contact their state lawmakers and Gov. Nikki Haley.
“I am writing to express my strong opposition to the cell phone tax bill (S277) and urge you to reject this fiscally irresponsible legislation,” opponents suggest consumers write. “This bill unfairly targets wireless consumers in the state to support the bottom lines of landline telephone companies who are losing customers and profits because people are choosing to hang up on their services. A tax hike on the backs of wireless customers is not the answer,” the opposition said. “It’s unfair to raise taxes on South Carolina consumers, especially when wireless customers in the state are already paying over 16 percent on their monthly phone bills for taxes and fees.”