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Industry urges Congress to act on wireless tax bills

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • April 20 2012

As millions of Americans put the finishing touches on federal tax returns that were due on Tuesday, executives of wireless association CTIA and six major wireless carriers wrote to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to urge passage of separate bills that would impose a five-year moratorium on new state or local taxation of wireless services and establish a national framework for taxes applied to digital goods and services

Congress adopts legislation mandating incentive auctions and reallocation of 700 MHz D-block to public safety

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 24 2012

Last Friday, lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle joined forces in adopting tax relief legislation with provisions that would mandate incentive auctions of broadcast television spectrum to wireless entities and prescribe reallocation of 700 MHz D-block spectrum to public safety entities

Waxman urges House lawmakers to revisit spectrum-related provisions of tax relief bill

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 27 2012

During a conference committee session, ranking House Energy & Commerce Committee member Henry Waxman (D-CA) urged his colleagues to “clean up” spectrum-related provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630) that prohibit the FCC from imposing eligibility restrictions on bidders for spectrum reclaimed through the incentive auction process

Senators voice concern with spectrum provisions of tax bill passed by House

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 13 2012

In a letter delivered on Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) joined Republican colleagues Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in objecting to certain spectrum-related provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630) that are “overly prescriptive” and would unduly hinder the FCC’s spectrum management authority

House members approve wireless tax moratorium

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 4 2011

By a voice vote on Tuesday, members of the House of Representatives approved legislation, sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ), that would impose a five-year moratorium on “discriminatory” taxes imposed on wireless telecommunications services by state and local governments. Boasting 236 co-sponsors, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (HR-1002) resembles a companion bill (S-543), introduced last March by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), that is currently pending before the Senate Finance Committee

Wireless tax bill approved by House Judiciary Committee

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 22 2011

Legislation imposing a five-year moratorium on new state and local taxes that target wireless services was approved last Thursday by members of the House Judiciary Committee, who also endorsed amendments that would (1) provide an exemption for taxes approved by voters and (2) mandate a study of the bill’s impact on state and local governments

AT&T to pay nearly $1 billion to settle mobile data tax suit

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • June 10 2011

A U.S. district court in Illinois has approved a class action settlement involving AT&T Mobility through which AT&T agreed to refund $956 million to customers who were improperly taxed for accessing the Internet through their mobile phones

Ohio Supreme Court rules against DBS industry in tax case

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • December 30 2010

Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operators DISH Network and DirecTV are assessing their legal options in the wake of a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court (OSC) that upholds the constitutionality of a 5.5 sales tax that is imposed by the state on DBS offerings but not on cable TV services that are arguably functionally equivalent to DBS from the standpoint of subscribers

Bill proposes uniform tax framework for digital goods

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 9 2010

Observing that "existing sales and use taxes are inadequate and ill-equipped to address today's digital economy," House Communications, Technology & Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) introduced legislation that would establish a uniform national framework for the taxation of digital goods and services

DBS industry files suit against Massachusetts satellite tax

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 29 2010

Charging that sales taxes levied on satellite TV services by the State of Massachusetts are discriminatory, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers DISH Network and DirecTV filed a legal complaint with the Massachusetts Superior Court that seeks injunctive relief and a declaratory ruling that the tax violates the commerce and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution