Tax and Surcharge Information for California Customers

State and Local Sales Tax

Assessed at the State, City, and County levels for selected goods and services.

 

Local Utility Users

Assessed at the City and County levels for telecommunications and cable services.

 

Local Video Franchise

Assessed at the City and County levels for cable services.

 

Local PEG Fee

Assessed at the City and County levels to fund educational cable television.

 

Emergency Telephone Users (911)

Funds emergency 911 services.

 

California High Cost Fund (CHCF-A)/ California Advanced Services Fund Surcharge (CASF)

Provides funding which allows for provisioning of telephone and advanced service at reasonable rates to customers in outlying areas.

 

California Teleconnect Fund (CTF)

Provides funding for telecommunications services to qualifying schools, libraries, hospitals, health clinics, and commuity based organizations at reduced rates.

 

CPUC User Fee

Assists in funding the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates utilities.

 

Federal FCC Regulatory Fee

Fee levied on providers of cable/video services and paid to the FCC to recover FCC policy, rulemaking, and enforcement activity costs.

 

Federal Excise Tax

Assessed by the Federal Government and applies to basic telecommunications services.

 

Federal Universal Service Surcharge (FUSF)

Provides funding to help keep local telephone service rates affordable for all customers.

 

ST Future/Local Rate Additive

Surcharge to adjust billing per CPUC decision 97-12-045.  Applies to basic telephone service and features.

 

ST Future/Access Circuit Additive

Surcharge to adjust Billing per CPUC decision 97-12-045.  Applies to circuit telephone service.

 

Regulatory Recovery Fee (RRF)

Provides funding for specialized telecommunications equipments to certified blind, deaf and disabled persons, FCC policy and rulemaking, and number administration.

 

CA Relay Service and Comm Device Fund

Provides funding for specialized telecommunications equipments to certified blind, deaf, and disabled persons in California.

 

CA Lifeline (ULTS)

Funds a program that enables low-income households to have basic telephone service.