When are the fees assessed?

Telecommunication carriers will receive invoices in September for their share of the annual costs of the NANP Fund. The invoices are due 30 days from the date of the invoice. Reassessment of fees may occur throughout the year based on updated data received from USAC each month. Invoices are sent out by email unless an email address is not provided on the Form 499-A, Line 208 or if the carrier has notified us that they want a paper copy only. The invoice contains information about the legal obligations under the Debt Collections Improvement Act (DCIA) and instructions on how to make a payment.

How is the contribution fee calculated?

All telecommunication carriers in the United States shall complete a Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) which sets out the information needed to calculate the fee.

The telecommunication carrier’s end-user telecommunications revenue obtained from the Form 499-A (420A+412A-511A)  is multiplied by a contribution factor to obtain the fee payable. The minimum fee is $25. If the carrier has no end-user telecommunications revenue they still must contribute $25. See 47 C.F.R. Section 52.17.

There is no de minimis exemption.

What is the late filling fee for?

Failure to file the Form 4999-A reporting worksheet can result in a late filing fee. The late filing fee is charged to any carrier that fails to file their Form 499-A within 30 days of due date of the Form 499-A.

As stated in the Instructions to the Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet in Section F – Compliance, the fund administrators may each bill the filer for administrative costs that are caused by late or inaccurate filing of the Form 499-A.

The late filing fee is $100.00.

What happens if payment is not received by the due date of the invoice?

NANP is required by the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) to impose interest and to inform service providers what may happen if the debt is not paid since the unpaid amount represents debt owed to the U.S. government.  NANP will charge an interest rate at an annual rate equal to U.S. Treasury rate as at the date of delinquency plus 3.5% from the date the invoice was due. Invoices that are not paid by the due date shown on the invoice will be subject to these charges.  If the amount of the calculated charge is less than $1, the late payment charge will be waived. These details are included on the backside (second page) of the invoice.

Any debt owing to the NANP fund is a debt owed to the United States as defined by 31 U.S.C. Section 3701, the Debt Collection Act of 1982 and the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996.  If the debt remains unpaid for 120 days or more, the debt must be transferred to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) for collection, however, debt may be transferred to Treasury at any time after 90 days past its due date.  Additional fees will be added by Treasury for administrative costs of processing and collecting the unpaid debt.

Statements of account are mailed out on a monthly basis to those service providers that have an outstanding debt.

In addition to the requirements of the DCIA, NANP is also required to follow the FCC rules regarding overdue balances known as the Red Light Rule (see DCIA  47 C.F.R section 1.1112, 1.1116, 1.1167 and 1.910 of the FCC’s rules). When a service provider’s account becomes delinquent by one day, that entity and any associated entity sharing the same taxpayer identification number (TIN) will be subject to the Red Light Rule.  If a service provider is owed a refund, payment will be withheld until the service provider satisfies any debt owed that is listed on the Red Light.

The service provider may check its Red Light status at any time by accessing the FCC’s Commission Registration System (CORES) at https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do.

Where can the form 499A be obtained?

The form 499A is administered by Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC).  This form is required to be filed online through USAC’s E-File Online Filing System.  To access or set up your E-File account, go to: https://forms.universalservice.org/portal/login

For questions about the Form 499A you can contact USAC:

Email: form499@usac.org
Tel: 888.641.8722

How do I know Welch LLP is legitimate?

On April 12, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed Welch LLP to be the North American Numbering Plan Billing and Collection Agent.
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Why was I assessed a late filing fee when my Form 499A was filed on time?

USAC provides Welch with the filing dates.  If you filed the Form 499A on time, please contact USAC to have them correct the date in their system.  Once their records are updated, they will notify us of the change and at that time we can reverse the late filing fee.   USAC’s contact info is as follows:

Email: form499@usac.org
Tel: 888-641-8722