What is MTS tax?

Important Notice for California Prepaid Consumers:

On November 15, 2018, the Prepaid MTS Surcharge Collection Act [official site], originally enacted in January 2016, was declared unenforceable by the United States District Court, as it conflicts with federal law.

During the period between 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2018, prepaid wireless sellers were required by California law to collect certain taxes, fees, and mandatory surcharges from prepaid consumers at the time of purchase. These taxes, fees, and surcharges, were combined under a single Prepaid MTS Surcharge. Consumers in certain cities within the state were also charged a Utility User Tax or a Local 911 Charge as part of the Local Prepaid MTS Collection Act.

Effective January 1, 2019, sellers are no longer required to collect the statewide Prepaid MTS Surcharge on the sale of prepaid wireless service. However, any charges related to the Local Prepaid MTS Collection Act are still in effect (click here for rates).

The above changes only impact purchases made at indirect retail locations. When purchased directly from ultramobile.com, certain statewide taxes, fees and mandatory surcharges will still be collected, but the amounts will no longer be combined into a single charge (please refer to itemized list below).

For more information on the changes related to the Prepaid MTS Surcharge, please contact customer care at 1.888.777.0446.

Standard Statewide Surcharge Rates:

California LifeLine 4.75% (ULTS)
Deaf & Disabled Telecommunications Program .5% (DDTP)
California High Cost Fund – A .35% (CHCF-A)
California High Cost Fund – B 0% (CHCF-A)
California Teleconnect Fund .78% (CTF)
California Advanced Services Fund .56% CASF
CPUC User Fee .33% (User Fee)
Total 7.27%