High court may review Ohio tax on satellite services

10/3/2011 | Bloomberg Businessweek

The U.S. Supreme Court may take up an appeal of an Ohio court's upholding of a state law that subjects DIRECTV and DISH Network subscribers -- but not cable customers -- to a 5.5% sales tax. The justices sought guidance from the Justice Department on the Ohio Supreme Court ruling. Plaintiffs DIRECTV and DISH argue that the eight states that have enacted similar laws are violating the U.S. Constitution. Ohio authorities have asserted that as different types of services, cable and satellite are subject to different rules.

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