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The 2017 FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is now available in E-File, USAC's online filing system. The form is due Monday, April 3, 2017.
FCC rules require all providers of telecommunications, including universal service fund de minimis exempt companies, to file 2017 FCC Form 499-A to report revenue data for the period of January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.
Late Filing Fees
Even if you are a de minimis company, filing FCC Form 499-A after the due date or failing to file will result in late filing fees imposed by the universal service fund as well as each of the funds named below.
The universal service fund late filing fees of the greater of $100 per month or the U.S. prime rate plus 3.5 percent of the filer's monthly obligation (FCC 07-150). Each of the funds named below can impose their own late filing fees based on their own billing practices as well.
Important Billing Information
The 12-month 2016 revenue data that will be reported on the 2017 FCC Form 499-A will be used to calculate the filing entity's contribution amount for the following funds:
Please review Table 1 of the Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet Instructions for a summary of which telecommunications providers are required to contribute to which support mechanisms.
To file FCC Form 499-A online, follow these steps:
Visit the Contributors Filers’ Process Overview page for more information, including who must file, when to file, what and how to file, how to make revisions, and details about late payments, DCIA, and Red Light.
Webinar Training Available
USAC invites all intrastate, interstate, and international providers of telecommunications services (including de minimis filers) to join us for a webinar about FCC Form 499-A, the Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet.
This year, we are offering four webinars, each tailored to a specific audience. Based on your primary line of telecommunications service, please select the webinar that best fits your needs. Each webinar will cover the same general information about filing the FCC Form 499-A, so there is no need to attend more than one.
* Please note: The title of the first webinar has changed.
On February 9, 2017, the FCC announced (DA 17-161) the release of the FCC Form 499-A and accompanying instructions to be used in 2017 to report 2016 revenues, and the FCC Form 499-Q and accompanying instructions to be used in 2017 to report projected and collected revenues on a quarterly basis. Filers can find copies of these forms with the FCC Public Notice.
All telecommunications providers (including de minimis carriers) must submit FCC Form 499-A, which reports historical revenue data from 2016 and is due Monday, April 3, 2017.
Join USAC for a webinar about FCC Form 499-A, the Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet. This year, we are offering four webinars, each tailored to a specific audience. Based on your primary line of telecommunications service, please select the webinar that best fits your needs. Each webinar will cover the same general information about filing the FCC Form 499-A, so there is no need to attend more than one.
View Events and Register: FCC Form 499-A Webinar Series
Live webinars from 2:00 PM-3:30 PM ET on March 6, 9, 15 and 16, 2017
MARCH 6, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET - Filing FCC Form 499-A: for Wireline Local & Long Distance Companies
In this webinar, designed for wireline local and long distance companies and have revenue associated with local calling, including PICC charges (when they exist) and vertical features, we’ll cover wireline long distance calling, including international calls, and the yearly true up process.
MARCH 9, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET -Filing FCC Form 499-A: for VoIP Service Providers
In this webinar, designed for VoIP service providers, we’ll cover VoIP revenue, both local and long distance, including how to use the FCC’s safe harbor percentages and when to send in traffic studies. (FCC Form 499-A lines 404.4, 404.5, 414.2)
MARCH 15, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET -Filing FCC Form 499-A: for Mobile Service Providers
In this webinar, designed for mobile service providers, including those providing paging services and specialized mobile radio (SMR), we’ll discuss filing for mobile services (which are cell phone calling, paging, and SMR). We will also go over the non-USF assessable revenue lines of 418.1 – 418.4 and the summation/bad debt lines of 419 – 423 on the FCC Form 499-A.
MARCH 16, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET -Filing FCC Form 499-A: for All Other Services
This webinar is designed for providers of all "other" services, such as those providers interested in learning about state and federal USF, local and long distance private lines, payphones (including prison payphones), prepaid cards, calls that do not originate, terminate, or transit the United States, calls that use special billing arrangements, and satellite services. (FCC Form 499-A lines 403, 406, 407, 411, 412, 413, 415, 416, 417.)