We've prepared the following guide to help you understand many of the taxes, surcharge, fees and assessments you might see on your Integra invoice.
Integra collects and remits a wide range of federal, state and local taxes, surcharges and fees in support of government programs, or on behalf of governmental entities that impose them on communications providers, for the sale of goods and services. These charges include, but are not limited to, sales and use taxes, franchise fees and emergency services surcharges; they vary by jurisdiction and may be as specific as “transit” or “district” taxes.
|Universal Service Fund (USF)||Universal Service Fund surcharges support the provision of affordable telecommunications services to rural, isolated, and high-cost areas; low-income residential subscribers; schools and libraries; and rural health care programs. All communications companies (including local, long distance, cellular, and paging providers) must contribute to the Federal Universal Service Fund; and several states also have Universal Service programs funded by rate-payers.|
|Digital TV Specific Fees||The "Local Franchise Fee," and "TV Access Fee," if applicable, are charges collected and remitted to the city or township for cable TV-related services. The "FCC Regulatory Fee Cable TV" is an FCC charge assessed to cable TV providers.|
|Telecommunications Assistance "Lifeline" Program (TAP)||This surcharge funds the "Lifeline" program. This is a state-run program to lower the cost of residential telephone service for persons who meet certain income guidelines, have a disability, or are at least 65 years of age. The TAP surcharge is assessed to all telephone customers (except Lifeline recipients) at a flat rate per line.|
|Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS); also known as Telecommunications Access Minnesota (TAM)||The TRS/TAM program enables telephone conversations for communications impaired persons through the use of special equipment and Relay Service operators. Costs for intrastate TRS (i.e., TRS calls made within a state) are paid by the states, which may recover intrastate TRS costs through a charge applied to the telephone bills of all telephone customers in a state.|
|E911 Emergency System Charge||The E911 surcharge funds community 911 emergency telephone systems.|
|Federal, State and Local Taxes, Surcharges & Fees||Integra collects and remits a range federal, state, and local taxes, surcharges and fees levied on communications providers for the sale of goods and services on behalf of the government entities that mandate these charges. These include, but are not limited to, sales taxes and municipal franchise fees. These taxes and fees vary by jurisdiction.|
FCC Prescribed Charge (also known as a subscriber line charge)
The FCC Prescribed Charge compensates Integra for the use of its local network to originate and terminate long distance, interstate traffic. The FCC caps the rate that local exchange carriers like Integra are permitted to charge for this aspect of its network. The FCC Prescribed Charge is a monthly recurring charge and is assessed as a flat rate per for single and multi-line customers and is subject to Federal Excise Tax, State Sales Tax, Federal Universal Fund Surcharge, FCC Regulatory Fee. This is not a charge for long distance service.