Fees / Surcharges / Taxes

Taxes can be complicated – but we’ll make this part easy for you. Below is a quick, easy to understand summary of FirstLight taxes and charges that may be applied to your account based on the types of products you purchase and your service address.
Rates as of 6/1/18. Please note not all of the charges detailed below will apply to your account.

If you have any questions about your invoice or any charge, tax, surcharge or fee that appears on your bill, please contact us by email to Billing@firstlight.net or by phone at 1-888-832-4976.

Surcharge / Fee / Tax

Purpose

State

Rate

Communications Services TaxNew Hampshire tax on the purchase of telecommunications servicesNH7.0%
ConnectMEA surcharge on intrastate services to support universal availability of broadband in Maine.ME0.25%
E911State-authorized charge to support the emergency enhanced 911 database and networkNY (NYC, Onondaga & Tompkins Counties)$1.00
NH$.75
ME$.45
All Other States$0.35
Federal Excise TaxFederal tax applied to local telecommunications services, except installation charges and certain bundled products.All States3.0%
FCC Line ChargeA fee authorized by the FCC on each telephone lineMA$6.44
NH$6.18
NY$6.44
ME Single Line Bus$6.50
ME Multi-line Bus$9.20
A fee authorized by the FCC on each high capacity lineMA$32.20
NH$30.90
NY$32.20
ME$46.00
Federal Universal Service Fee (FUSF) SurchargeSet quarterly by the FCC to fund the universal availability of telephone service at 15.1% to 18.4% over the past 4 years.All StatesVariable
Intrastate Access RecoverySurcharge on each telephone line that recovers revenue changes due to recent orders of the FCC .All States$3.00
New York Local District TaxApplies to local services provided in the relevant school districts and is in addition to other applicable sales taxes.NY School DistrictsUp to 11%
New York Local Transit TaxApplies to local services provided in the relevant municipality and is in addition to other applicable sales taxes.NY (Buffalo, Rochester & Yonkers)Up to 3%
NY (other municipalities)Up to 1%
O&M SurchargeSurcharge to recover state-specific operations and maintenance services that are not covered by service charges. Charge is per invoice.NY & VT$3.25
Pre-subscribed Interexchange Carrier Charge (PICC)A charge authorized by the FCC on each telephone line where FirstLight is not the long distance carrier.All States$3.00
A charge authorized by the FCC on each high capacity circuit where FirstLight is not the long distance carrier.All States$7.50
A charge authorized by the FCC on each high capacity circuit where FirstLight is not the long distance carrier.ME$5.50
Sales TaxTax on the sale of services and equipment.MA6.25%
ME5%
NY State4%
NY CountyUp to 3%
NY CityUp to 11%
NY SchoolUp to 11%
NY Certain calls5%
VT6%
VT City (Burlington, Dover, Manchester, Middlebury, S Burlington, Stratton, & Williston VT)1%
State USFSubject to change without notice. A surcharge set periodically by the state to fund the universal availability of telephone services. In Maine, funds also support the Communications Equipment Fund, public-interest payphones, and telecommunications relay service. In Vermont, the USF funds E911 services, Lifeline program services and Telephone Relay Services for the deaf and hard of hearing.VT2%
Statutory Gross ReceiptsNew York tax on specific telecommunications services authorized under Section 186e. May appear as ‘NY Telecommunications Excise Surcharge’ on some invoices.NY2.8273% to 2.9405%
Telecom Sales TaxVermont tax on purchase of telecommunications services.VT6%
City (Burlington, Dover, Manchester, Middlebury, S. Burlington, Stratton & Williston)1%

Rev: 6-1-18