KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Prepaid cell phone users will soon pay for enhanced 911 services up-front when they buy minutes.
Cell phone companies have been taking the tax for enhanced 911 services out of the total amount they charge customers and then sending it to the state themselves.
Kim Schmanke with the state Department of Revenue says starting January 1, a new law will require retailers to charge the $1 tax up-front and list it on receipts.
Local governments will receive 70 cents of the tax, 25 cents goes to the state and five cents will cover the retailers’ cost for collecting the tax.