From Dayton Business Journal…
Satellite TV tax upheld in Ohio
Monday, December 27, 2010
The Ohio Supreme Court today upheld a state sales tax for satellite TV providers that cable competitors don't have to pay, the Associated Press reported. It was a 5-2 decision.
DirecTV Inc. and EchoStar Satellite Corp. brought the case to the supreme court. Those firms have challenged similar tax discrepancies in other states.
The 5-2 decision released today comes after fight from satellite providers, who raised fair competition issues. The court ruled that the 2003 tax didn't violate U.S. commerce law because the tax is based on differences between the nature of the businesses and doesn't favor in-state interests at the expense of out-of-state interests.