Tariffs & Reporting

Taxes & Surcharges

MTA collects various taxes and surcharges each month that appear on your bill.
Here is a brief explanation and rates for each charge.


 Access Recovery Charge (ARC)
DescriptionThis federal fee recovers a portion of the costs incurred in the provisioning and maintenance of telephone service. It is administered by the Federal Communications Commission.
 RatePer Line: $0.00 for MOA (Eagle River/Chugiak) customers; $0.00 for Mat-Su Borough except for Talkeetna Mult-line is $0.00; $0.00 for Kenai Borough (Tyonek); $0.86 for Denali Borough (Cantwell, Clear, Anderson, Healy); Single Line Business is $3.00 / Multi-line is $3.00
 EffectiveJuly 3, 2018
Alaska Universal Service Fund (AUSF)
DescriptionThe RCA established the AUSF to promote universal telephone service in Alaska. This fund supports lower long-distance rates within Alaska.
RateApproximately 19.0% on local, intrastate and mobile voice services.
EffectiveJanuary 1, 2018
Enhanced 911 Emergency System Surcharge (E-911)
DescriptionThe costs to operate the E911 emergency response systems are recovered through this surcharge. The money MTA collects is passed through to the Anchorage, Kenai, and Mat-Su Boroughs who build and maintain these public service systems.
RatePer Line: $2 for MOA (Eagle River/Chugiak) customers; $2 for Mat-Su Borough; $2 for Kenai Borough (Tyonek).
EffectiveJuly 1, 2014 for Mat-Su, December 1, 2016 for MOA, and July 1, 2015 for Kenai Borough.
Universal Access Surcharge (UAS)
DescriptionThe costs to operate Telecommunications Relay Service for the hearing and/or speech impaired are recovered by this Universal Access Surcharge.
RatePer line: $ 0.09 for residential and single-line businesses; $ 0.18 for multi-line businesses.
EffectiveFebruary 16, 2016
Federal Excise Tax (FET)
DescriptionThe revenue collected from the telephone excise tax goes into the general receipts of the U.S. Treasury.
EffectiveJuly 31, 2006
Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC)
DescriptionThe Federal Universal Service fund helps provide comparable telephone rates in rural areas throughout the nation by offsetting the high cost of providing service in these areas. MTA receives money from this fund to keep local rates affordable and comparable to rates in urban areas.
EffectiveOctober 1, 2018
Regulatory Cost Charge (RCC)
DescriptionThe Regulatory Cost Charge provides funding to operate the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
Rate2.707% of total billing for intrastate (long distance) service charges.
EffectiveJuly 1, 2018
Network Access Fee (NAF)
DescriptionA fee administered by the Alaska Universal Service Administrative Company which combines with other charges to support the costs of the network.
RateResidential is $5.75; business per line is $5.75; PRI and T1/DS1, a maximum of 5 charges per PRI is $5.75 for each or a maximum of $28.75 total.
EffectiveAugust 1, 2015
Toll Line Access Charge (TLAC)
DescriptionThe federal TLAC in combination with the FUSC recovers 25% of the fixed cost of the wires to your house and business that allow you to make calls. 55% of these costs are covered by your fixed monthly local service charge. The remaining 20% is recovered by a combination of the NAF and the AUSF surcharge.
Rate$6.50 per single line for residential and business; $9.20 per line multiplied by a maximum of 5 for T1/DS1 or $46.00.
EffectiveJuly 1, 2003
Local Sales Tax
DescriptionMTA is required to collect local sales taxes on telephone services assessed on behalf of local boroughs and cities in Alaska. The money collected by MTA is passed through to the local borough and/or city.
RateLocal tax rates vary by municipality and borough.
EffectiveLocal tax effective dates vary by municipality and borough.
Cost Recovery Fee
DescriptionThe Cost Recovery Fee (CRF) is a fee that MTA charges in order to recover various costs and expenses that it incurs in connection with legal and regulatory requirements. This fee is not a tax or surcharge required by the government.
Rate$1.00 per single line for residential service, $1.70 for business service, $32.73 per PRI arrangement.
EffectiveJanuary 1, 2019.