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Report: Florida has one of highest cellphone tax rates in the U.S.

Florida is one of the five states in the nation with the highest cellphone taxes, according to a report released Wednesday.

The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank that has been largely backed by conservatives, listed the Sunshine State fourth in federal, state and local taxes and fees for wireless service with a rate of 22.38 percent.

Washington state led the list with a tax rate of 24.42 percent, followed by Nebraska at 24.31 percent and New York at 23.56 percent. Illinois rounded out the top five at 21.63 percent.

The average American pays 17.05 percent in taxes for wireless service.

For those looking for the better tax deals, try one of the five states with the lowest rates: Oregon (7.59 percent), Nevada (7.69 percent), Idaho (8.45 percent), Montana (11.83 percent) and West Virginia (11.97 percent).

This is the fifth in a series of reports by the Tax Foundation that examine trends in the taxes, fees and surcharges imposed by federal, state, and local governments on wireless service.

Contact Ivan Penn at ipenn@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2332. Follow @Consumers_Edge.

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