Court rules against Verizon in million-dollar state tax fight

Pennsylvania’s highest court is ruling against Verizon in an 11-year-old tax dispute about whether they owe millions over revenues from installing private phone lines, providing directory assistance and a performing variety of repairs and services.

The Supreme Court ruled 3 to 2 on Wednesday against the telephone provider in a dispute that an industry group said was of great financial and operational significance.

Other phone companies across the state face the possibility of similar charges as their tax fights have been on hold while the court considered the Verizon case.

The precise amount of money involved is unclear, as is the question of whether the ruling will require any back payments.

Verizon, the Department of Revenue and the attorney general’s office all declined to comment.

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