Court orders Comcast to pay back sales tax on remote controls

Set-top boxes exempt from taxes, judge rules
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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) must pay back sales taxes on remote controls that it leased to New Jersey subscribers from 1997 to 2001, a state tax court judge ruled in a decision released Thursday.

While Judge Mary Siobhan Brennan exempted the set-top boxes that Comcast leased to subscribers during the five-year period from sales taxes, she ruled that remotes can be taxed because they don't directly transmit TV information.

Comcast spokeswoman Jennifer Bilotta told The Record that the 1 million subscribers Comcast counts in New Jersey won't be impacted by the ruling since the company began paying taxes on remote controls in 2001. She declined to tell the newspaper whether Comcast would appeal the ruling, or discuss how much the MSO may owe in back taxes and penalties.

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