Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Law
CHAPTER 2. THE SURCHARGE.
Article 2. Adjustment of Surcharge Rate
(1) "Direct seller," "prepaid mobile telephony services," "prepaid MTS provider," "retail transaction," and "seller" have the same meanings as defined in Section 42004.
(2) "Prepaid MTS 911 Account" means the Prepaid MTS 911 Account created in the Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Surcharge Fund pursuant to Section 42023.
(b) (1) For each fiscal year, beginning with the 2016Ė17 fiscal year and ending with the 2018Ė19 fiscal year, the board shall calculate the following on or before the November 1 following the end of that fiscal year:
(A) The total collections for the fiscal year of that portion of the prepaid MTS surcharge that is for the emergency telephone users surcharge, net of any amounts that a seller was permitted to deduct and retain pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 42010.
(B) Less the expenses incurred and reimbursed to the board for the fiscal year from that portion of the prepaid MTS surcharge that is for the emergency telephone users surcharge pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 42020.
(2) The board shall provide notification of whether the amount calculated in this section exceeds or is less than nine million nine hundred thousand dollars ($9,900,000) on its Internet Web site by December 15 following the calculation, along with the underlying calculations, assumptions, and methodology.
(c) If for any fiscal year the calculation performed pursuant to subdivision (b) results in an amount less than nine million nine hundred thousand dollars ($9,900,000), the deficiency shall be the responsibility, on a pro rata basis of each prepaid MTS provider or direct seller, as provided in this subdivision. The board shall calculate the deficiency and bill each prepaid MTS provider or direct seller its pro rata share of that deficiency based upon each prepaid MTS providerís or direct sellerís percentage share of total California intrastate prepaid mobile telephony services revenues, as reported to the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Section 319 of the Public Utilities Code for the prior fiscal year.
(d) For each fiscal year, beginning with the 2016Ė17 fiscal year and ending with the 2018Ė19 fiscal year, each prepaid MTS provider or direct seller shall, on or before September 1 of each year, report to the board the amount of that portion of the prepaid MTS surcharge that is for the emergency telephone users surcharge, remitted by the provider or seller pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 42010 for the prior fiscal year.
(e) The Public Utilities Commission, within 45 days of request, shall provide the board the name and address of each prepaid MTS provider and direct seller and each prepaid MTS providerís and direct sellerís California intrastate prepaid mobile telephone services revenue, along with the providerís and sellerís percentage share of total California intrastate prepaid mobile telephony services revenue for the prior fiscal year, and any other information the board deems necessary.
(f) The obligation of each prepaid MTS provider and direct seller shall be enforced by serving a notice in the manner prescribed for service of a notice of a deficiency determination, not later than three years after the date the board determines that the calculation performed pursuant to subdivision (b) results in a deficiency for the previous fiscal year. Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in this part, a petition for a redetermination of a notice issued pursuant to this subdivision may be filed within 60 days after service upon the person of notice thereof. Solely for purposes of a notice issued pursuant to this subdivision, interest shall begin to accrue at the expiration of the 60-day period. If a petition for redetermination is not filed within the 60-day period, the determination becomes final at the expiration of that period. All determinations made by the board under this section are due and payable at the time they become final. If they are not paid when due and payable, a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of the determination, exclusive of interest and penalties, shall be added thereto. Interest shall apply in accordance with Article 6 (commencing with Section 41095). The liability imposed by this section shall be collected by the board in accordance with the provisions of this part.
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that date.
History.—Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 885 (AB 1717), in effect September 30, 2014.