NGA Chairman Applauds Introduction of Uniform Wireless Tax Legislation

National Governors Association chairman Michael O. Leavitt on Wednesday praised the two senators who introduced the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act for including all levels of government in the development of a uniform model for taxing wireless communications.

Leavitt applauded the efforts of Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) for incorporating the interests of state and local government and industry when they drafted the legislation. The act attempts to solve the problem of assigning state and local telecommunications taxes to wireless services by taxing calls based on the actual tax jurisdiction where the call occurs, as opposed to every jurisdiction someone travels through before terminating a communication.

"The process that led to this result is worth noting," Leavitt said. "State and local governments and industry worked together to develop an acceptable solution."

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