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Government taxes and fees and Verizon wireless surcharges

Learn about government taxes, fees and Verizon wireless surcharges you may see on your Verizon bill.

    About taxes, fees and wireless surcharges

    Your consumer bill includes your plan's monthly access charges, any monthly charges associated with any optional services you subscribe to, applicable state and local taxes, government fees and Verizon wireless surcharges.

    Taxes, government fees, and Verizon wireless surcharges may vary by the state and locality of your service address or addresses.

    Note: If you're a Verizon business customer, review your agreement or contact your Verizon business representative about government taxes and fees and Verizon wireless surcharges.

    Government taxes and fees

    We bill and collect government taxes and fees that are set by federal, state and local governments. These charges are subject to change from time to time.

    Verizon wireless surcharges

    Verizon wireless surcharges include (i) a Regulatory Charge (which helps defray various government charges we pay including government number administration and license fees); (ii) a Federal Universal Service Charge (and, if applicable, a State Universal Service Charge) to recover charges imposed on us by the government to support universal service; and (iii) an Administrative and Telco Recovery Charge, which helps defray and recover certain direct and indirect costs we or our agents incur, including:

    (a) Costs of complying with regulatory and industry obligations and programs, such as E911, wireless local number portability and wireless tower mandate costs;

    (b) Property taxes; and

    (c) Costs associated with our network, including facilities (e.g., leases), operations, maintenance and protection, and costs paid to other companies for network services.

    Please note that these surcharges are Verizon wireless charges, not taxes or government imposed fees. These charges, including the amount and what’s included, are subject to change from time to time.

    Learn more about taxes and surcharges.

    About the Administrative and Telco Recovery Charge