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Federal Taxes and Fees

Learn more about the Federal Fees you might find on your SmartLine receipt, please see the descriptions below.

FCC Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires GoDaddy to pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF), which helps provide affordable telephone service and gives schools, libraries, and rural health care providers access to telecommunications services. ( The goals of Universal Service, as mandated by the 1996 Act, are to:

  • Promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers
  • Increase nationwide access to advanced telecommunications services
  • Advance the availability of such services to all consumers, including those in low income, rural, insular, and high cost areas at rates that are reasonably comparable to those charged in urban areas
  • Increase access to telecommunications and advanced services in schools, libraries and rural health care facilities
  • Provide equitable and non-discriminatory contributions from all providers of telecommunications services to the fund supporting universal service programs

FCC Regulatory Fees

The FCC Regulatory Fee is imposed by the Federal Communications Commission to recover the annual costs of its enforcement, policy and rule-making, user information, and internal activities.

Federal Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)

This tax funds the Federal Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), which is required by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These services allow persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls.

Gross Receipt Tax

The Gross Receipt Tax is based upon gross revenues of the telecommunications carrier regardless of the source.

Statutory Gross Receipt

A tax that is based on the gross receipts of one or more transaction and service type combinations.

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