Utah Legislators Bungle Tax on Cable, Satellite TV Bills

Utah Legislators Bungle Tax on Cable, Satellite TV Bills

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A federal law says local governments can't tax satellite T-V services. But the Utah Legislature tried to anyway.

Lawmakers realized Tuesday that a last-minute bill pushed through the Legislature imposed a state and local sales tax on cable and satellite T-V service.

The Utah Tax Commission ruled that the state sales tax on satellite T-V bills is valid, but the local sales tax isn't.

Cable customers are paying between one and two percent more sales tax per bill than satellite customers since the law was imposed July first.

That has cable companies like Comcast furious.

Some lawmakers say they want to repeal the tax and hope they can vote on that in the October session.

But others say more time is needed to seek out legal opinions.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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