You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Editorials

cellphone deals | editorial

Tax should reflect full cost

GIVEN THE prices associated with too-good-to-be-true cellphone deals - “get a phone valued at $650 for just $149, if you just sign our two-year contract!’’ - it’s no surprise that people balk when hefty tax charges greet them at the checkout counter. Massachusetts is one of two states with a sales tax rule that specifically pertains to cellphone underpricing: Regardless of the discount offered on the phone, taxes are levied according to the actual retail price, which means the $150 phone in this scenario would cost the buyer about $40 in taxes, in addition to the price of the phone.

Consumers aren’t the only ones complaining; retailers are asking the Legislature to eliminate the rule, which they say puts stores at a competitive disadvantage. In truth, it’s hard to imagine a flood of people crossing state lines to buy iPhones, especially since Rhode Island is the other state that taxes phones this way.

Your comment is subject to the rules of our Posting Policy

This comment may appear on your public profile. Public Profile FAQ

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week