Ting now charging me "Multijurisdiction installment collection" taxes last 2 months

Anyone else receive a new line item in their Ting bill titled "Multijurisdiction installment collection"?  I have been charged this new tax for the last two months ($2.46 for my most recent bill) and Ting will not elaborate on who the tax is for or why.  Here is the Ting response when I asked for details on why I'm being charged this new and unknown tax:

 

Michael S. (Ting Help Center)

May 19, 21:09 EDT

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your email.

I guess the best way to say it is it's the tax system syncing itself up.  We get this information directly from tax authorities and it codes in the taxes.  We don't have any say in it.  Essentially their system omitted some small taxes last year and this is their way of rectifying it.
 
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  • Hey Ron,

    I've replied to your email to help out so have a look in your inbox when you have a chance

     

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  • This "Multijurisdiction installment collection" has been going on since this time last year and Ting continues to obfuscate.  I will call them and ask them to remove it from my bill.  If they refuse, I'll dispute it with my credit company which will cost Ting the tax amount plus the chargeback fee.  Maybe if enough of us do this, they'll specify to each of us exactly which jurisdiction is receiving the tax, what the basis is, and what the tax rate is.  Until then, it's just a money grab.  We have no way of knowing that they're sending this money to anyone other than their shareholders.

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  • Hey Haldon, 

    If you follow the instructions I laid out above, email us and put my name in the subject line, I'm happy to follow up with you on this. I can assure you it's not a cash grab -- we're a publicly-traded company and any such "cash grab" would be visible at tucows.com/investors

    This really is just back-due taxes. It's way less sensational than it sounds.

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  • https://www.usac.org/_res/documents/cont/pdf/forms/2019/2019-FCC-Form-499A-Form-Instructions.pdf pg.39

    Imagine it was the fault of T-mobile and Sprint who are handling Ting's FCC filing. Seriously doubt that any carrier records accurate interstate calling. It's all handled with good faith billing (bribing officials). Ting was probably found to have undercharged jurisdiction rates and the IRS pencil whipped them. Now they're applying standard Sprint/T-mobile (bribery) rates.

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