Taxes, Fees & Other Charges are Eating My Phone Bill

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 531132

SurpriseWow, I just looked at the taxes and fees I'm paying with my telephone bill. My service provider is Verizon, and they are providing telephone, tv and internet. Those are the "services" I pay for on the monthly bill. However, I was pretty surprised when I looked closer at the bill to see what "non service" related fees I'm paying. Here's the list"

Taxes, Fees & Other Verizon Charges.

  • Gross Receipts tax - Long Distance
  • Telecommunications Access of MD Fee
  • MD Gross Receipts Tax Surcharge
  • MD 911 Fee
  • Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge Long Distance
  • MD Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge
  • Federal Excise Tax
  • MD Local Tax
  • Federal Subscriber Line Charge
  • PEG Grant Fee
  • Video Franchise Fee
  • State Sales Tax

This list of taxes and fees is actually longer than the rest of the bill. I don't blame Verizon for this since they are just collecting and passing through most of these fees. But, this is getting pretty ridiculous.

So much for Maryland's nickname calling themselves "The Free State."

Richard Iarossi, REALTOR®
Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.
Crofton, MD 21114

410-451-6255 Office
443-995-9595 Cell

Annapolis MD Real Estate Specialist
Bowie MD Real Estate Specialist
Crofton MD Real Estate Specialist

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I'll have to check out my statement too.

January 28, 2010 11:22 PM
Kathy Clulow
CNE - ASP - SRES .... Uxbridge Ontario Real Estate
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage

Richard -  I have found that there is little in life that is free ... everything comes with strings, be it as simple as your name, phone number and / or email address ... something for them in return

January 29, 2010 09:35 AM
Ann Hayden
Prudential Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri


Makes you wonder why we have to pay all this stuff.....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

January 29, 2010 10:29 PM
Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Richard, what makes me crazy is that they blame the various government entities that tax them.  I think they should have to include the taxes in the prices they quote.

January 30, 2010 11:05 AM
Bill Gassett
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
RE/MAX Executive Realty

It is pretty amazing how all that other crap is built in so they make more $$$

January 31, 2010 01:11 PM

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