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Do I have to pay any federal/state/local taxes, surcharges, or fees with magicJack?

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Sales Tax

Sales tax is assessed on orders for taxable items originating from the states of Florida and Texas. Taxable items include (but are not limited to) magicJack devices, phone number-related fees (like changing or porting your number), and shipping fees.

The current sales tax rates are as follows:

  • Florida: 6.00%
  • Texas: 6.25%

If applicable, sales tax will appear as a separate line item on your order summary.

Universal Service Fund (USF) Fee

A Universal Service Fund (USF) fee is applied to prepaid calling credit purchases, and is then remimtted to the appropriate government authority.

The USF Fee recovers the contributions we make to the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. The USF supports the following initiatives:

  • Affordable telecommunications services to schools, libraries, and rural health care facilities.
  • Subsidies for telecommunications service in high-cost areas and for low-income households.
  • Telecommunications services for individuals with hearing and speech disabilities.

Note: The USF charge applies to your purchase of prepaid credits, even if you do not live in the United States. As the carrier providing services for prepaid calling, we are obligated to bill the USF fee on all prepaid credit sales.

Emergency (E) 911 Service Fee

Upon registration of your device, as well as annually, we will send you an Emergency (E) 911 service invoice and ask that you click a link to submit payment. All funds collected for E911 will be remitted to the appropriate jurisdictions. Read more here.

Administrative Fee

There is a 9% administrative fee added to every purchase that covers various regulatory fee obligations, as well as infrastructure and support costs.