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Fees and Surcharge

Funding of 9-1-1 service in Texas is authorized by Health and Safety Code (H&SC) Chapters 771 and 772 and City/County Ordinances. 9-1-1 Service is provided in Texas by either a Regional Planning Commission (RPC) under the state 9-1-1 program administered by CSEC or by an Emergency Communication District (ECD) as defined in H&SC Section 771.001(3). Each RPC and ECD is commonly referred to as a 9-1-1 Entity, and collectively referred to as the 9-1-1 Entities.

There are four funding sources for 9-1-1 service:

    • Equalization Surcharge
    • 9-1-1 Service Fee Wireless
    • Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fee
    • Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fee

Each of the above are collected from customers, subscribers, and end-users and remitted by their service providers.  Pursuant to H&SC Section 771.074, the surcharge and the 9-1-1 fees may not be imposed on or collected from the state or the federal government.

9-1-1 Service Fee

The 9-1-1 Service Fee is a monthly fee imposed on each non-exempt “local exchange access line” or its equivalent as defined in CSEC Rule 255.4.  Included in CSEC’s definition are digital phone lines serving interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, customers. CSEC’s definition of ‘local exchange access line” is applicable throughout the state, including in areas in which 9-1-1 Service is provided by an ECD.

Remittance of the 9-1-1 Service Fee is generally determined by the physical location of the customer’s telephone.  In the case of a customer receiving VoIP service that is nomadic, in that it can be accessed from any broadband connection, the situs for determining the applicable 9-1-1 Service Fee is the customer’s billing address.

The 9-1-1 Service Fee is set at $0.50 per month, per local exchange access line in those areas where 9-1-1 service is provided by a Regional Planning Commission.

The 9-1-1 Service Fee is set at various rates in areas in which 9-1-1 service is provided by an ECD as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 771.001(3).

Reference Statute and Rules:

CSEC/RPC Programs: H&SC Section 771.071 and subject to:

  • CSEC Rule 255.1; 255.2; 255.4.
  • H&SC Sections 771.073; 771.074; and 771.077 (a).

ECD 9-1-1 Programs: H&SC Chapter 772 and subject to CSEC Rule 255.4

Per CSEC Rule 255.1, each year CSEC reviews and sets the RPC 9-1-1 Service Fee.

Remitted monthly to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for customers whose 9-1-1 Service is provided by an RPC, otherwise directly to the ECD providing 9-1-1 service.

Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fee

The Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fee is a statewide fee imposed on each wireless telecommunications connection, as defined in H&SC § 771.001(13), in an amount equal to $0.50 fee per month.

Reference Rules and Statute:

H&SC Section 771.0711 and subject to: 

  • CSEC Rules 252.1.
  • H&SC Sections 771.001(13); 771.073; 771.074; 771.077 (a).

Remitted monthly to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fee

The Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fee is a statewide fee imposed on the purchase of each prepaid telecommunications service purchased by any method in an amount equal to 2.0% of the purchase price.

Reference Rules and Statute:

H&SC Sections 771.0712 and subject to:

  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Rule 3.1271 (Title 34, Part 1, Ch. 3 Tex. Admin. Code § 3.1271)
  • H&SC Section  771.0711; 771.073; 771.074; 771.077 (a).

Remitted quarterly to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Equalization Surcharge

The Equalization Surcharge is a statewide fee imposed on each non-exempt local exchange access line and wireless telecommunication connection at the current rate of $0.06 per line or connection per month. Per CSEC Rule 255.4, a local exchange access line includes digital phone lines/service, i.e., VoIP. The Equalization Surcharge is not imposed on any wireless telecommunication connection that constitutes prepaid wireless telecommunications service.

Reference Statute and Rules:

H&SC Section 771.072 and subject to:

  • CSEC Rule 252.1; 255.1; 255.2; and 255.3.
  • H&SC Sections 771.073; 771.074; and, 771.077 (a).

Per CSEC Rule 255.1, each year CSEC reviews and sets the statewide Equalization Surcharge.

Remitted monthly to the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Remittance of Fees and Surcharge

Forms and instructions for remitting the statewide Equalization Surcharge, Wireless and Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Emergency Service Fees, as well as the 9-1-1 Service Fee collected from customers whose 9-1-1 service is provided by an RPC are remitted to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and can be accessed at the Comptrollers Tax Form Website.

Information regarding the remittance of the 9-1-1 Service Fee to an ECD can be obtained by identifying and contacting the appropriate ECD. (A listing of ECD contacts is located on the Contacts tab on CSEC’s homepage.) 9-1-1 Entity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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