Dec. 27, 2022, 10:23 PM; Updated: Dec. 27, 2022, 10:58 PM
Assurance Wireless failed to convince a Washington state appeals court that it is entitled to a $3.9 million refund of retailing business and occupation taxes on free wireless services for low-income consumers.
The company, formerly known as Virgin Mobile, provides low-income consumers with subsidized cellphone service under the Federal Communication Commission’s Lifeline program, administered by the Universal Service Administration Company. USAC reimburses Assurance $9.25 for each customer who has used the service within the last 30 days.
The state Revenue Department properly assessed B&O taxes on the funds Assurance received for its participation in the program, the …