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Report Says Illinois Residents Pay The Most Cell Phone Taxes

A yearly measurement of cell phone taxes and fees shows Illinoisans pay more than residents in any other state and the costs are increasing. 


In 2018, the nonprofit Tax Foundation’s annual estimation of state and local taxes found that Illinois’ state rate combined with an average of Chicago's and Springfield’s local taxes and the federal tax, amounted to a 28 percent tax on cell charges.


In 2019, research analyst Ulrik Boesen says it’s higher.



In Chicago, the annual bill for a family of four will include more than $500 in state and local taxes, accounting for nearly half of the total. 


Boesen says much of that is due to the city’s high 911 fee. 



The lowest cell tax state was Oregon, which charges about three percent.