As Mobile Marketing Watch reported Thursday morning, the state of New York today filed a lawsuit against Sprint Nextel Corp. on the basis of claims that the company has committed “tax fraud” by not adequately collecting or paying millions of taxes for its cell phone service.
Minutes ago, MMW received a comment from John Taylor, a spokesman for Sprint regarding the New York State lawsuit.
“This complaint is without merit and Sprint categorically denies the complaint’s allegations,” Taylor says. “We have collected and paid over to New York every penny of sales taxes on mobile wireless services that we believe our customers owe under New York state law.”
“With this lawsuit,” he continues, “the Attorney General’s office is claiming New York consumers, who already pay some of the highest wireless taxes in the country, should pay even more. We intend to stand up for New York consumers’ rights and fight this suit.”
Mobile Marketing Watch will keep you informed of more details in this matter as they develop.