The Tax Foundation's study detailing the wireless service tax and fee rates in the U.S. shows that Maryland's taxes and fees at 12.77% put it at No. 12 -- that is, the state with the 12th highest tax/fee add-ons.
The average state and local rate is 11.36 percent. The Tax Foundation's Map shows that Oregon has the lowest rate at 1.85%, and is tailed closely by Nevada at 2.13% and Idaho at 2.28%. Nebraska has the highest rate at 18.67%, and is followed closely by Washington at 18.62% and New York at 17.85%.
These rates do not include the additional federal rate of 5.92%, which brings Nebraska's rate to 24.49% and Oregon's rate to 7.67%. The average combined federal, state, and local rate is 17.18%.
With the federal rate added, the total taxes paid by a wireless customer in Maryland is 18.69% -- in other words, nearing 20%. This is just one more example of why Maryland is known as a "high tax" state.