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

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Crofton MD Real Estate Specialist

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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

My curiousity is eating me alive lately.  What with all the fees associated with living...the taxes and the debt...after they have eaten us all alive, who will be left standing to serve the gazlionnaires..will they start eating each other?  If I were left alive, I would pay a fee to see it....

Jan 26, 2010 08:08 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's a new program pay the fees and taxes and get a phone.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 26, 2010 08:14 PM #6
Richard Weisser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale


These hidden taxes and fees are the new way of generating income ... everyone wants a cell phone and will gladly pay the charges.

Jan 26, 2010 08:19 PM #7
Stephen Arnold
HomeSmart International - Scottsdale, AZ

Richard~ I am sooooo with you on this one!! I am with Verizon strictly for my cell phone service and broad band...and it is a joke as well! 

Jan 26, 2010 08:35 PM #8
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Heather: They just keep nibbling away.

Don: That's pretty funny.

Dee: Thanks, I'll take a look.

Jan 26, 2010 08:44 PM #9
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Deb: More than that. It's just nuts.

Suzanne: I won't be the last gazillionaire standing...after paying all these taxes and fees.

Lou: I had to read that twice before I got it. Excellent!

Jan 26, 2010 08:46 PM #10
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Richard: This was my landline bill. Now I have to get out my cell phone one too. Thanks.

Stephen: Verizon isn't the culprit on this one. Even though they're the culprit on a lot of other ones.

Jan 26, 2010 08:48 PM #11
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Rich, I agree, too many taxes and additional fees with land lines and cell phones ..I'm laughing at Suzanne's comment - yes I'm sure they will start eating each other!

Jan 26, 2010 09:37 PM #12
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

It's a bit ridiculous when you really see how these taxes are broken down and the huge impact they make on your bill.  These hidden fees and taxes are on every thing these days.

Jan 26, 2010 09:39 PM #13
Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

I know! I looked not long ago and thought the same thing - it's absurd - but what can we do? And our taxes are going up July 1!

Jan 26, 2010 11:43 PM #14
Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Everyone needs a piece of the pie.  Some of these fees/taxes should not be being charged as extras by the phone company.

Jan 27, 2010 05:59 AM #15
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

We were just discussing this in our office yesterday.  All the major cell carriers have been advertising these great deals that turn-out to be "not so great" after all the various tacked-on taxes and fees are factored-in.  My carrier charges $69 per month for my plan, but my bill each month totals almost $87!!!!???  By my calculation, that's 26% in total taxes.  Wow.

Jan 27, 2010 08:35 AM #16
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Never EVER look at all the taxes and fees.  It will make your stomach churn. 

Jan 28, 2010 06:04 AM #17
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Rich:

Isn't it unreal!!!

It seems that my Verizon bill goes up a few cents every month.

Jan 28, 2010 07:41 AM #18
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Denver, CO

Rich...If your services work, be grateful and try to overlook all the junk fees..hard to do, but helps keep your sanity!

Cosmic Cow

Jan 28, 2010 10:49 AM #19
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers
Long Realty West Valley - Surprise, AZ
Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities

I'll have to check out my statement too.

Jan 28, 2010 11:22 PM #20
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

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

Jan 29, 2010 09:35 AM #21
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


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

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Jan 29, 2010 10:29 PM #22
Patricia Kennedy
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. - Washington, DC
For Your Home in the Capital

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.

Jan 30, 2010 11:05 AM #23
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

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

Jan 31, 2010 01:11 PM #24
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