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July 20, 2010
Merchants who sell prepaid phones and phone cards need to be aware of a new law that is effective July 1, 2010. This new law requires that all retail merchants in Indiana who sell prepaid wireless telephone services (through the sale of a prepaid phone or prepaid phone card) must collect a fee of $.25 per sales transaction.
The fee, known as the Prepaid 911 Enhancement Fee, will ensure Indiana complies with 911 requirements set down by the Indiana General Assembly. This is the result of a new Indiana law passed during the 2010 legislative session.
Retailers are required to inform customers of the fee, which will be charged per sales transaction on the base price of the product. Customers can expect to pay the fee on items such as mobile phone cards and prepaid mobile phone services.
Retail merchants are required to submit the new fee to the Department of Revenue through the state’s online INtax program at http://www.intax.in.gov/ For more information about this new law, including frequently asked questions and a print-ready flyer to post at your business, visit www.in.gov/dor/4381.htm
To contact a representative of the Department about your Indiana business tax account, you may contact a bilingual representative at (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or you can submit questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the Department’s Spanish Web site at http://www.impuestos.in.gov/ for more important information about Indiana individual and business taxes.
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