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Taxes and Charges

Sales Tax and Similar Taxes

Subscribers who live in most jurisdictions have sales taxes and similar charges listed on their bills, in addition to their monthly charges. These taxes are imposed by your state on the purchase of goods and services, and they are not limited to DISH. In many states, DISH is required by law to collect these taxes from subscribers. These charges are as follows (italicized text reflects how this item appears on the bill):

  • Sales Tax: These are taxes imposed on the purchase of goods and services. The applicable rate is set by each state.
  • Florida (Communications Services Tax): Florida imposes a 10.8% sales tax on the price of satellite service and a gross receipts tax of 2.37%. The law requires DISH to collect these taxes from subscribers.
  • Kentucky (Video Excise Tax): Kentucky imposes a 3.0% excise tax on the price of multichannel video programming services. The law requires DISH to collect this tax from subscribers.
  • Massachusetts (Video Excise Tax): Massachusetts imposes a 5.0% excise tax on revenues from the sale of satellite service. The law requires DISH to collect this tax from subscribers.
  • Tennessee (Satellite Sales Tax): Tennessee imposes an 8.25% tax on revenues from the sale of satellite services. The law requires DISH to collect this tax from subscribers.
  • Utah (Video Service Tax): Utah imposes a 6.25% tax on the price of multi-channel video and audio services. The law requires DISH to collect this tax from subscribers.

Other Taxes

Subscribers who live in certain states will also see charges for certain gross receipts taxes. These charges are as follows (italicized text reflects how this item appears on your bill):

  • District of Columbia (Video Gross Receipts Tax): DISH is subject to a 10.0% tax on its gross receipts in the District of Columbia.
  • Maine (Service Provider Tax): DISH is subject to a 5.0% tax on the value of the services we provide in Maine, as measured by the sale price.
  • Maryland (Boxing/Wrestling Tax): DISH is subject to a 10.0% tax on gross receipts from the sale of boxing and wrestling broadcasts in Maryland.
  • Rhode Island (Video Gross Receipts Tax): DISH is subject to an 8.0% tax on its gross receipts in Rhode Island.

Although these taxes are similar to other state taxes and fees, which are typically the responsibility of the customer, the states above have chosen to impose these taxes on DISH and other businesses who conduct business in each of the respective states. These taxes are imposed on DISH and are not imposed directly on subscribers. DISH is not required by law to add the charge to a subscriber’s bill.

State Tax Reimbursement Charges

Subscribers who live in certain states have a state-specific tax reimbursement charge listed on their bills as part of their monthly charges. These charges are allocated uniformly, are shown as a fixed monthly amount and are subject to change. These charges are as follows (italicized text reflects how this item appears on your bill):

  • Connecticut (CT Gross Earnings Tax Reimburs): DISH is subject to a 5.0% tax on its gross earnings in Connecticut. The charge is currently $4.12 per month.
  • Delaware (DE Gross Earnings Tax Reimburs): DISH is subject to a 2.125% tax on its gross receipts in Delaware. The charge is currently $1.50 per month.
  • Kentucky (KY Gross Earnings Tax Reimburs): DISH is subject to a utility gross receipts tax of 3.0% on gross receipts from the sale or lease of equipment and non-programming services. The charge is currently $1.50 per month.
  • Ohio (OH Gross Earnings Tax Reimburs): DISH is subject to a 0.26% tax on its gross earnings in Ohio. The charge is currently $.22 per month.
  • Texas (State Cost Recovery Fee): DISH is subject to a 1% franchise tax for conducting business in Texas. The charge is currently $.62 per month.

Although these taxes are similar to other state taxes and fees, which are typically the responsibility of the customer, the states above have chosen to impose these taxes on DISH and other businesses who conduct business in each of the respective states. These taxes are imposed on DISH and are not imposed directly on subscribers. DISH is not required by law to add the charge to a subscriber’s bill.

A Political Message About These Taxes and Charges

DISH would like to offer the same high-quality service to all subscribers at the same price nationwide. The gross earnings and gross receipts taxes described above, however, have significantly increased DISH’s cost of doing business in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas. Rather than raise the cost of programming for all subscribers, DISH has chosen to recover this additional cost directly from subscribers who reside in those specific jurisdictions. DISH subscribers in those jurisdictions should consider contacting their governor and state representatives and urging them to repeal these taxes.

If you have any questions about these taxes or charges, please email us at consumertaxissues@dish.com.