Surcharges and User Fees

Notices to Carriers 

Please read this notice before proceeding! 

March 3, 2016 

As of January 1, 2016, only prepaid wireless providers are required to report and remit the new prepaid MTS surcharge in Telecommunications Users Fee Filing System (TUFFS). All other carriers will continue to report their total intrastate revenue subject to surcharge and remit their payments to the six Public Purpose Programs in TUFFS for those services that are not prepaid wireless telephone services.

Please be sure that you are reporting payment for the correct surcharge type for which you are obligated to report and remit for. Submitting payment for the incorrect surcharge or fee type will result in payment rejection. After payment rejection you will be liable for any penalties and accrued interest applicable to your payment obligation. For more information on how to report your revenue in TUFFS, please see the TUFFS User Guide.

Effective Notices: 

December 15, 2015  

Due to updates to the TUFFS, beginning January 1st, 2016, the CPUC will no longer allow the reporting and/or remittance of surcharges and fees prior to completion of a billing period. Therefore, the reporting and remittance of surcharges and fees will not be available for the January billing period until February 1st, 2016.  

November 11, 2015 

Mobile Telephony Services (MTS) surcharge rates to be assessed on prepaid wireless telephone service effective January 1, 2016.  

For more information please see the Commission’s resolution (T-17504) adopting the new MTS rates and directing the reporting of prepaid wireless intrastate revenues and the remittance of the new prepaid MTS surcharge. 


Prepaid Wireless Mobile Telephony Services (MTS) Surcharges effective January 1, 2016 


Reporting and Remittance: 

Telecommunications & User Fees Filing System (TUFFS) 


Instructions and Guides:  


MTS Carrier Directives  

Surcharge Rates   

CPUC User Fee     

Immigration Guide