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Senate Set to Pass Kerry Bill Eliminating Cell Phone Tax

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Location: Washington, DC

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, to end burdensome regulation on cell phones passed a cloture vote in the Senate today as part of H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs Act.

"You can't do business in the modern economy without a cell phone so it's crazy to tax them like some executive perk," said Sen. John Kerry. "This law was long in need of modernization and I'm glad we've done right by businesses and abolished this silly and outdated law."

Kerry, along with Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), introduced the Modernize Our Bookkeeping In the Law for Employee's Cell Phone Act, better known as the MOBILE Cell Phone Act, in 2008 to end the widely ignored treatment of cell phones and similar devices as an executive fringe perk by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The law currently requires employers to keep constant, detailed written logs of every phone call, text, and email employees send or make.

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