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S.1192 - Mobile Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2009
A bill to restrict any State or local jurisdiction from imposing a new discriminatory tax on mobile wireless communications services, providers, or property.
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Mr. WYDEN (for himself, Ms. SNOWE, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. ENSIGN, and Mr. MCCAIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on FinanceCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) It is appropriate to exercise congressional enforcement authority under section 5 of the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Congress’ plenary power under article I, section 8, clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States (commonly known as the ‘commerce clause’) in order to ensure that States and political subdivisions thereof do not discriminate against providers and consumers of mobile services by imposing new selective and excessive taxes and other burdens on such providers and consumers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) In light of the history and pattern of discriminatory taxation faced by providers and consumers of mobile services, the prohibitions against and remedies to correct discriminatory State and local taxation in section 306 of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (
SEC. 3. MORATORIUM.
(a) In General- No State or local jurisdiction shall impose a new discriminatory tax on or with respect to mobile services, mobile service providers, or mobile service property, during the 5-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) MOBILE SERVICE- The term ‘mobile service’ means commercial mobile radio service, as such term is defined in section 20.3 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, or any other service that is primarily intended for receipt on, transmission from, or use with a mobile telecommunications device, including the receipt of a digital good.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) MOBILE SERVICE PROPERTY- The term ‘mobile service property’ means all property used by a mobile service provider in connection with its business of providing mobile services, whether real, personal, tangible, or intangible and includes goodwill, licenses, customer lists, and other similar intangible property associated with such business.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) MOBILE SERVICE PROVIDER- The term ‘mobile service provider’ means any entity that sells or provides mobile services, but only with respect to the portion of such entity’s trade or business that sells or provides such services.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) any mobile service and is not generally imposed, or is generally imposed at a lower rate, on or with respect to, or measured by the charges, receipts, or revenues from, other services or transactions involving tangible personal property;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) any mobile service provider and is not generally imposed, or is generally imposed at a lower rate, on other persons that are engaged in businesses other than the provision of mobile services; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) any mobile service property and is not generally imposed, or is generally imposed at a lower rate, on or with respect to, or measured by the value of, other property that is devoted to a commercial or industrial use and subject to a property tax levy, except public utility property owned by a public utility subject to rate of return regulation by a State or Federal regulatory authority; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) was not generally imposed and actually enforced on mobile services, mobile service providers, or mobile service property prior to the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) STATE OR LOCAL JURISDICTION- The term ‘State or local jurisdiction’ means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States, a political subdivision of any State, territory, or possession, or any governmental entity or person acting on behalf of such State, territory, possession, or subdivision and with the authority to assess, impose, levy, or collect taxes or fees.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- The term ‘tax’ means any charge imposed by any governmental entity for the purpose of generating revenues for governmental purposes, and is not a fee imposed on an individual entity or class of entities for a specific privilege, service, or benefit conferred exclusively on such entity or class of entities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) DETERMINATION- For purposes of subsection (b)(4), all taxes, tax rates, exemptions, deductions, credits, incentives, exclusions, and other similar factors shall be taken into account in determining whether a tax is a new discriminatory tax.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES- Except as otherwise provided in this Act, in determining whether a tax on mobile service property is a new discriminatory tax for purposes of subsection (b)(4)(A)(iii), principles similar to those set forth in section 306 of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 (
(ii) is designed so that, based on information available at the time of the enactment of such new tax or such modification, the amount of tax revenues generated thereby with respect to such mobile services, mobile service providers, or mobile service property is reasonably expected not to exceed the amount of tax revenues that would have been generated by the respective replaced tax or taxes with respect to such mobile services, mobile service providers, or mobile service property.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. ENFORCEMENT.
(a) In General- Notwithstanding any provision of
(2) BURDEN OF PROOF- The burden of proof in any proceeding brought under this Act shall be upon the party seeking relief and shall be by a preponderance of the evidence on all issues of fact.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) RELIEF- In granting relief against a tax which is discriminatory or excessive under this Act with respect to tax rate or amount only, the court shall prevent, restrain, or terminate the imposition, levy, or collection of not more than the discriminatory or excessive portion of the tax as determined by the court.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink