Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP)
|Pre-October 1, 2013 TAP Reporting Form- 2013 (MS Excel)|
|Wireline Fee Remittance Forms (must be attached to TAP form eFiled)|
|eFiling (Mandatory for all Local Carriers)|
|2013 Notice of Compliance Filing Requirement: TAP|
|Effective October 1, 2013: Notice of Change In TAP Credit and Surcharge Levels|
|Find your Company Identification U- Number|
|TAP, A Refresher|
|Minnesota Rules Chapter 7817, Telephone Assistance Plans|
|Minnesota Statute § 237.70, Development of Telephone Assistance Plan|
Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Program (TAP) provides a monthly discount to low income residential customers' telephone bills. The eligibility requirements are the same as the federal Lifeline program.
Any local service providers with a certificate for local service must file period reports on a Commission -prescribed TAP Reporting Form of surcharge revenues, expenses, and credits related to the TAP program. Only those local service providers with 100 of fewer subscribers may file an annual report. All reports must include the 911 Remittance Form(s) submitted to the Department of Public Safety's Minnesota 911 Program to remit collections for 911, TAM (Tele-relay) and TAP surcharges. The correct reporting form to use is the form for the year reporting period in which the credits were applied.
Inaccurate, incomplete or incorrect TAP reports will require companies to correct and resubmit.
Purpose of Reports
These reports provide the Commission the ability to track revenues and expenses of Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Plan program to ensure that all local service providers are appropriately paying into the fund. The TAP report enables reimbursement of credits and administrative expenses filed during the reporting period.
TAP Questions? Contact: Theresa Staples, 651-201-2202
The federal Lifeline program provides a monthly discount on residential phone service for eligible low-income customers. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. The federal Lifeline Program also provides support to telephone companies who offer discounts to eligible low-income customers.
Any Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC), a local service provider designated by the Commission as eligible to receive federal universal service support in accordance with United States Code, title 47, section 254, and relevant federal regulations, must file annual subscriber-based eligibility reports. All ETC's are required to conduct an annual re-certification of their entire subscriber base and submit its annual recertficiation report to the Commission, the FCC and USAC by January 31 of each year.