Oregon to tax prepaid phones for 911 funds

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Oregon plans to extend a tax for 911 service to prepaid cellular phones, a growing service.

Emergency responders tried to convince the Legislature to make the change last year, but lawmakers had little appetite to approve a tax increase and the effort went nowhere. The Department of Revenue now says it already has authority to levy the tax and doesn't need the Legislature's approval.

The agency last week proposed changing its administrative rules to require that cellphone companies pay the monthly 75 cent 911 tax for each of their prepaid customers.

Read more at KGW.

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