FirstLight Fees / Surcharges / Taxes

Taxes can be complicated – but we’ll make this part easy for you. Below is a quick, easy to understand breakdown of FirstLight taxes and charges, based on the types of products you purchase and your service location.

Taxes, fees, surcharges, and other charges vary based on the types of products you purchase as well as your service location. Below is the list of  charges and associated rates as of 10/1/15.  Not all of the charges 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 1-855-339-1996.

Surcharge / Fee / Tax

Purpose

State

Rate

Communications Services Tax New Hampshire tax on the purchase of telecommunications services NH 7.0%
Credit Card Surcharge A surcharge on customer payments made via a credit card All Locations 2.5%
E911 State-authorized charge to support the emergency enhanced 911 database and network NY (NYC, Onondaga & Tompkins Counties) $1.00
NH $.75
  All Other Locations $0.35
Federal Excise Tax Federal tax applied to local telecommunications services, except installation charges and certain bundled products. All Locations 3.0%
FCC Line Charge A fee authorized by the FCC on each telephone line MA $6.44
NH $6.18
  NY $6.44
A fee authorized by the FCC on each high capacity line MA $32.20
NH $30.90
NY $32.20
Federal Universal Service Fee (FUSF) Surcharge Set quarterly by the FCC to fund the universal availability of telephone service at 15.1% to 17.9% over the past 4 years. All Locations Variable
Intrastate Access Recovery Surcharge on each telephone line that recovers revenue changes due to recent orders of the FCC . All Locations $3.00
  Surcharge on each high capacity telephone circuit that recovers revenue changes due to recent orders of the FCC . All Locations $7.50
New York Local District Tax Applies to local services provided in the relevant school districts and is in addition to other applicable sales taxes. NY Up to 3%
New York Local Transit Tax Applies 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 Surcharge Surcharge to recover state-specific operations and maintenance services that are not covered by service charges.  Charge is per invoice. NY & VT $3.25
Paper Billing Fee A per-invoice fee charged for paper invoices when an electronic version is available. All $1.65
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 Locations $3.00
  A charge authorized by the FCC on each high capacity circuit where FirstLight is not the long distance carrier. All Locations $7.50
Sales Tax A tax imposed by the government at the point of sale on  goods and services. It is collected by the provider and passed on to the state. MA 6.25%
  NY State 4%
  NY County Up to 3%
  NY City Up to 3%
  NY School Up to 3%
  NY Certain calls 5%
State USF A surcharge set annually by the state to fund the universal availability of telephone services.  In Vermont, the USF funds E911 services, Lifeline program services and Telephone Relay Services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Rate is through June, 2016 VT 2%
Statutory Gross Receipts New York tax on specific telecommunications services authorized under Section 186e. NY 2.8273% to 2.9405%
Telecom Sales Tax Vermont tax on purchase of telecommunications services. VT 6%
  City (Burlington, Dover, Manchester, Middlebury, S. Burlington, Stratton & Willston) 1%

Rev:  9-14-15