TITLE 39
Public Utilities and Carriers

CHAPTER 39-21.2
Prepaid Wireless E911 Charge Act

SECTION 39-21.2-4


§ 39-21.2-4 Collection and remittance of E911 charge.

(a) Amount of charge. The prepaid wireless E911 charge is hereby levied at the rate of two and one-half percent (2.5%) per retail transaction or, on and after the effective date of an adjusted amount per retail transaction that is established under subsection (f) of this section, such adjusted amount.

(b) Collection of charge. The prepaid wireless E911 charge shall be collected by the seller from the consumer with respect to each retail transaction occurring in this state. The amount of the prepaid wireless E911 charge shall be either separately stated on an invoice, receipt, or other similar document that is provided to the consumer by the seller, or otherwise disclosed to the consumer.

(c) Application of charge. For purposes of subsection (b) of this section, a retail transaction that is effected in person by a consumer at a business location of the seller shall be treated as occurring in this state if that business location is in this state, and any other retail transaction shall be treated as occurring in this state if the retail transaction is treated as occurring in this state for purposes of chapter 18 of title 44 of the general laws.

(d) Liability for charge. The prepaid wireless E911 charge is the liability of the consumer and not of the seller or of any provider, except that the seller shall be liable to remit all prepaid wireless E911 charges that the seller collects from consumers as provided in § 39-21.2-5, including all such charges that the seller is deemed to collect where the amount of the charge has not been separately stated on an invoice, receipt, or other similar document provided to the consumer by the seller.

(e) Exclusion of E911 charge from base of other taxes and fees. The amount of the prepaid wireless E911 charge that is collected by a seller from a consumer, if such amount is separately stated on an invoice, receipt, or other similar document provided to the consumer by the seller, shall not be included in the base for measuring any tax, fee, surcharge, or other charge that is imposed by this state, any political subdivision of this state, or any intergovernmental agency, including, but not limited to, the tax imposed under chapter 18 of title 44 nor be included within the telephone common carrier's gross earnings for the purpose of computing the tax under chapter 13 of title 44.

(f) Re-setting of charge. The prepaid wireless E911 charge shall be proportionately increased or reduced, as applicable, upon any change to the state E911 charge on postpaid wireless telecommunications service under § 39-21.1-14 or subdivision 39-1-62(d)(2). The adjusted amount shall be determined by dividing the sum of the surcharges imposed under § 39-21.1-14 and subdivision 39-1-62(d)(2) by fifty dollars ($50.00). Such increase or reduction shall be effective on the effective date of the change to the postpaid charge or, if later, the first day of the first calendar month to occur at least sixty (60) days after the enactment of the change to the postpaid charge. The division shall provide not less than thirty (30) days of advance notice of such increase or reduction on the division's website.

(g) Bundled transactions. When prepaid wireless telecommunications service is sold with one or more other products or services for a single, non-itemized price, then the percentage specified in subsection (a) of this section shall apply to the entire non-itemized prices unless the seller elects to apply such percentage (1) If the amount of prepaid wireless telecommunications service is disclosed to the consumer as a dollar amount, such dollar amount, or (2) If the retailer can identify the portion of the price that is attributable to the prepaid wireless telecommunications service, by reasonable and verifiable standards from its books and records that are kept in the regular course of business for other purposes, including, but not limited to, non-tax purposes, such portion.

However, if a minimal amount of prepaid wireless telecommunications service is sold with a prepaid wireless device for a single, non-itemized price, then the seller may elect not to apply the percentage specified in subsection (a) of this section to such transaction. For purposes of this paragraph, an amount of service denominated as ten (10) minutes or less, or five dollars ($5.00) or less, is minimal.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2010, ch. 23, art. 9, § 12.)