Ohio justices to hear satellite TV tax case

Chris Rizo Jul. 1, 2009, 10:40am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)- The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a challenge to a state sales tax imposed on satellite television companies.

Challenging the 2003 law is DirecTV, which sued after the state taxed satellite TV programming and not cable.

The state's high court accepted the case without comment.

Satellite companies, including DirecTV, argue that it is unconstitutional to subject them to a 5.5 percent sales tax but not their cable competitors.

The satellite tax was approved by Ohio lawmakers in 2003 to help balance the state's budget. The General Assembly voted to make retail sales of satellite broadcasting services subject to the general sales tax rate of six percent, but the rate was lowered later to 5.5 percent.

From Legal Newsline: Reach staff reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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