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Fight Over Cell Phone Taxes Goes Back to Courts

KANSAS CITY, MO - A battle over taxes that some Missouri cities charge cell phone companies is heading back to court.

The two sides have been fighting for more than five years over taxes the cities have tried to charge wireless companies.  The wireless companies say the laws don't apply to them because they were passed when telephone companies used only copper wires.

Missouri lawmakers this year tried to resolve the issue with bills that would have allowed the taxes but limited how much cities could charge.  It failed over how much cell companies had to pay in back taxes.

The Missouri Municipal Leage estimates the back taxes could reach $600 million.

The failure means a host of lawsuits from both sides can continue moving through the courts.

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