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Understanding Taxes - Pennsylvania

Below is a chart to Pennsylvania tax definitions.

T, C, or D
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 Tax T or C R, P A tax levied by a state government on all intrastate telephone services.
State Telecom Relay Surcharge T R, P A state surcharge on telephone access lines to support the telephone relay service designed for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired.
City Sales Tax T, C, or D C A tax levied by a local government on the sale of tangible personal property and/or certain services such as telephone or cable.
911 Tax - State, County or City 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. However, the way that the charge is applied varies by state and in some markets vary by county as well.
Universal Service Charge T R The purpose of this fund is to maintain the affordability of local service rates for customers while allowing rural telephone companies to reduce accesss charges and intra-LATA toll rates, on a revenue-neutral basis, thereby encouraging greater competition. The charge cannot be passed on to the customer.
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.
Franchise Fee 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 ans is normally assessed on all cable revenue.
Copyright Fee - NO LONGER VALID C R, P As required by federal Copyright Law, franchised cable systems are subject to copyright liability for their use of copyrighted material in the retransmission of television broadcasts to subscribers. This fee is paid to the Register of Copyrights.
Regulatory Fee C R, P This fee is an annual assessment imposed by the FCC pursuant to Public Law 103-66, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. The FCC uses these monies to offset costs associated with its enforcement, public service, international and policy and rulemaking activities.
Network Access and Maintenance Fee D C A fee defray costs associated with building and maintaining RCN’s fiber rich broadband network, as well as the costs of expanding network capacity to support the continued increase in customers’ average bandwidth consumption.
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