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Business Taxes Law Guide—Revision 2024

Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Regulations

Title 18. Public Revenues
Division 2. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration—Business Taxes (State Board of Equalization – Business Taxes, See Chapters 6 and 9.9)
Chapter 5.5. Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law

Article 1. Imposition of Surcharge

Regulation 2403

Regulation 2403. Collection of the Surcharge by Service Supplier.

[Repealed May 4, 1982, effective August 19, 1982.]

Regulation 2403. Prepaid Telephone Calling Cards.

Reference: Sections 41011 and 41021, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) The surcharge applies to the dollar amounts deducted or the value of the minutes deducted from the prepaid telephone calling card by the providing service supplier to the extent that those dollar amounts or minutes were deducted to pay for intrastate telephone communication services provided to the user of the prepaid telephone calling card. Dollar amounts or minutes deducted for interstate telephone communication services are exempt from the surcharge. Dollar amounts or minutes of telephone service which are forfeited because they have not been used prior to the expiration of the prepaid telephone calling card are not subject to the surcharge.

(b) Where intrastate telephone communication services are supplied through a prepaid telephone calling card, the providing service supplier may apply the surcharge to an estimate of the charges for intrastate services subject to the surcharge. The estimate of charges may be based on such call information as the providing service supplier reasonably believes demonstrates the approximate amount of intrastate telephone communication service charges subject to the surcharge.

(c) If a prepaid telephone calling card contains a statement that the price of the card includes applicable taxes and fees, the service supplier responsible for collecting and paying the surcharge on intrastate telephone communications services provided pursuant to the card may reduce the taxable measure of such services by taxes and fees which are not subject to the 911 surcharge. Taxes and fees which are not subject to the 911 surcharge include the federal excise tax and the 911 surcharge. Taxes and fees imposed on the service supplier by statute, such as those imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission, may not be deducted from the taxable measure.

History—Adopted July 26, 2000, effective November 1, 2000.