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NY Tax Definitions

Tax Definitions - New York

Please see below for Tax Definitions.

LEGEND
Tax Type Imposed On
T Telephone (Voice)   C Customer
C Cable (Video) R RCN
D Data (Internet) R, P RCN passed through
to Customer
 
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.
County or 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.
State Gross Receipts Tax T R, P A tax levied by a state government on all intrastate telephone services.
School District Tax T R, P School districts with territory in cities with populations of 125,000 or less may impose this tax. This tax may be levied in addition to a similar city or county tax or a city or county sales tax. The tax is imposed on all local or long distance intrastate telecommunication charges.
State Excise Tax T R, P A tax levied by a state government on all intrastate telephone services.
MTA Surcharge T R, P A surcharge which is assessed on NY state gross receipts and NY state excise taxes. It applies only to the 12 county Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District. The receipts from the surcharge are earmarked for the Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Fund which supports public transportation.
City Excise Tax T R, P This is an excise tax New York City imposes on the provider of utility services for the privilege of exercising their franchise, holding property or doing business in New York City.
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.
Franchise Fee - Telephone T R, P A fee paid to a municipality to allow use of the public streets and rights-of-way and to provide telephone service within that municipality. This is a contractual agreement with the town/city and is usually assessed on all telephone services.
Targeted Accessibility Fund T R The Targeted Accessibility Fund (TAF) was established to fund Lifeline, emergency services (911), and telecommunication relay service (TRS) for the hearing impaired. The fee is assessed on intrastate gross revenue and carrier access charges. The fee cannot be passed on to customers.
City Gross Receipts Tax T R A tax levied by a local government on all intrastate telephone services. This tax cannot be a separately stated charge on a customer's bill. The company can increase the tarriffed rate to include this tax. RCN currently does not increae the tarriffed rate for service to recoup this tax.
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 - 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 ans is normally assessed on all cable revenue.
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.
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.
PEG Access Fee C R, P The NYC PEG Access fee provides:for the upgrade, purchase and/or rental of public access facilities and equipment for the City of New York, to assist in defraying the operating expenses of the NYC Community Access Organization (CAO) and the expneses of the activities that the CAO may undertake,for grants to qualified persons for the development of programming for the Public Channels, for the support the programming initiatives of the CAO, for grants to independent programmers.
 

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