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Salem, OR—Starting today, consumers will see the Oregon Emergency Communications (E911) tax on their receipt for each purchase of prepaid wireless products or services. Retailers are now collecting the tax that was previously collected by the providers of wireless service.

“This is a different way to collect the tax and a new requirement for retailers of prepaid wireless services,” said Chris Wytoski, manager of Oregon’s E911 tax program. “Both brick-and-mortar and online retailers will now be collecting 75 cents per prepaid item from consumers.”

E911 taxes help fund emergency communication operations throughout Oregon, including 9-1-1 telephone services and the Oregon Emergency Response System.

Examples of prepaid wireless telecommunications services (also commonly called pay-as-you-go, prepaid wireless, and prepay) include:
• Prepaid wireless phone cards.
• Recharge or refill authorization codes for wireless services.
• Cell phones bundled with prepaid service.
• Other prepaid wireless devices preloaded or bundled with wireless airtime minutes or credits.

If a sale involves multiple prepaid wireless cards or other prepaid products, the E911 tax is charged on each product sold. The tax will be listed separately on the sales invoice or receipt.

You can visit for more information, or email questions to the department’s Special Programs Administration staff at

Bob Estabrook, public information officer (PIO), or Joy Krawczyk, PIO
503-945-8559 or


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