4-30-15 – Watch This! Satellite TV Tax Back on Table

Posted by Rob Roper

The Senate Finance Committee added a provision into the latest tax brew that would raise $5 million from consumes of satellite television services. According to a story in Vermont Business Magazine, “This tax would be an addition to the 6 percent tax already paid by Vermonters making the total tax 11 percent – among the highest in the nation….” (VBM, 4/29/15)

This tax would affect roughly 100,000 Vermonters primarily in the more rural parts of the state, which is, obviously, most of Vermont. The VBM article also points out that such a tax would hit especially hard hotels and restaurants that utilize multiple televisions within their businesses.

The satellite television tax came up a couple of years ago and was ultimately defeated in the wake of massive voter outcry. Legislators I talked to said at the time that this tax generated the most letters and emails than any other piece of legislation proposed that year. Watching its fate this time should make for good television.

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