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Jan 10, 2019 7:59 PM 3+ mon ago

Californians may get a break on their mobile bills after tax is struck down in court

Californians have a lot to enjoy -- great weather, big waves, solid microbreweries and of course extremely high taxes on prepaid mobile service. But this controversial last feature is being adjusted after a judge found at least part of the state's Mobile Telephony Surcharge to be unconstitutional. As a result, bills could shrink by a couple bucks starting this month.

The tax, which funds various local services like 911 and so on, was raised in 2016 and, depending on various factors, could be around 20 percent of the bill. That turns a $50 bill into a $60 bill, which is especially rough when you consider that lower prepaid plans are often preferred by people with limited incomes. So the tax was unpopular from the start -- not that many are particularly liked.

In addition to making users angry, it attracted the attention of wireless carriers: ...

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