Understanding Taxes - DC

Below is a chart to District of Columbia tax definitions.

TAX TYPES TAX FOR:
T, C, or D
IMPOSED
ON
DEFINITION
Federal Excise Tax T C A federal tax on local telephone services and surcharges.
Federal Universal Service Fund T R, P A federal surcharge on interstate and international telephone services to support universal service programs such as the schools and libraries discount program. The Federal USF is also assessed on the Federal Line Charge and the Local Number Portability Charge.
State Sales Tax T, C, or D C A tax levied by a state government on the sale of tangible personal property and/or certain services such as telephone or cable.
State Gross Receipts - Telephone T R, P A tax levied by a state government on telephone services provided to residents of the state. The tax is assessed on all intrastate and interstate charges.
911 Tax - State T C The E911 system utilizes a computerized system to automatically route emergency telephone calls to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The enhanced 911 system allows the PSAP operator to automatically see the phone number and address of the person calling. The E911 fee covers the installation and maintenance expenses for the E911 system. All lines (residential and commercial) are subject to a monthly E911 charge per line which is imposed by the respective state and local Public Service commissions.
Federal Line Charge T C A nationwide charge that is designed to recover a portion of local telephone companies' costs associated with providing long distance carriers with access to the local phone network. Long distance carriers pay the remainder of the cost. This charge is regulated by the FCC.
Local Number Portability T C Local Number Portability charges provide funds for significant upgrades to networks, services and systems that will allow customers to keep their phone numbers when they change local phone companies. Per an FCC ruling, each access line is subject to a this monthly charge regardless of whether the number has been ported or not.
Port Charge T C This surcharge is assessed only on Commercial customers using ISDN and DS-1 products. It is a recurring charge for the use of the port which interfaces and connects the local loop to a high-speed network.
State Gross Receipts - Cable C R, P A tax levied by a state government on all cable services provided to residents of the state.
OVS Fee - Cable C R, P A fee paid to a municipality to allow use of the public streets and rights-of-way and operate a cable television system within that municipality. This is a contractual agreement with the town/city and is normally assessed on all cable revenue.
PEG Access Fee C R, P This fee is part of the OVS agreement and is passed thru to cable subscribers. The fee is to support Public, Educational, and Governmental facilities, equipment and services.
Public Access Corporation Fee C R, P This fee is part of the OVS agreement and is passed thru to cable subscribers. The fee is paid to the Public Access Corporation of D.C. to support community programming efforts.
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