Taxes & Surcharges

Taxes and surcharges differ by state and services provided. Some are mandated by state, local and/or federal requirements (and may vary) while others may come from Frontier. Taxes may be charged based on the full price of a given service, not a discounted, promotional rate.

City Tax—Collected for City Governments, tax may cover telecommunication services equipment, installation, maintenance, local and long distance service. Additional State Taxes—Each state may levy additional state taxes; often similar to those levied at federal level.
Federal Excise Tax—Local telephone service and facilities tax. It is a percentage of cost of services, seen on local phone portion of bill. Frontier collects and pays directly to IRS. Federal Subscriber Line Charge—Nationwide FCC-regulated charge to recover portion of costs associated with providing long distance carriers with access to local phone network. Long distance carriers pay remainder of cost.
Sales Tax—Local, state or other sales tax may be applied to your telecommunications charges, as it is for many other types of purchases. Federal Carrier Cost Recovery Charge—Recovers national costs associated with various federal regulatory fees and programs. Rates vary from company to company, as do names for this charge.
Gross Revenue Surcharge—Telephone companies must pay tax on total revenue. This funds Public Utility Commissions and other state services. Represents each consumer's portion of that tax on revenue. Emergency Service Fee for 911—State-law mandated fee covers costs of local jurisdictions providing 911 emergency response services to citizens. Fee is (a) amount per telephone access line or (b) percentage of revenue. Frontier collects and pays to 911 jurisdictions.
Intrastate Access Charge—State-assessed charge partially reimburses telephone service providers for costs associated with routing long distance calls made by local customers. Applied to all telephone customers whether they make long distance calls or not. Service Provider Number Portability—Federal law requires all local phone companies to provide "service provider number portability" so customers may keep phone number when switching local phone service provider. Helps recover costs associated with development, implementation, and operability of service.
Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) Charge—FCC-regulated charge supports telecommunications services in schools, public libraries, rural health-care facilities. Subsidizes local service to high-cost areas and low-income customers. Monthly, per-line surcharge helps keep local telephone rates affordable. Telecommunication Relay Service / Hearing Impaired / Telecommunications Device for Deaf—Provides special-needs equipment, facilities and services for the deaf: special phones, hearing devices, Braille pads, necessary network switching equipment and operation of specialized service center customers. State-specific and established by state law, public utility commission rule or tariff filings.
VoIP Administrative Fee—Frontier imposes an administrative fee to recover some of the government and other fees that we incur for VoIP service.

Frontier bill with taxes highlighted

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