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    Verizon Prepaid - Tax amount?

    Question: How much is Verizon Prepaid charging y'all in taxes?

    Scenario: I'm looking at changing to Verizon's $40 Double the Data plan, which doubles the datums from 3GB to 6GB/mo, and includes hotspot. You save $5 by enabling autopay, which makes the price $35 + taxes. Question is, how much is taxes??? Good luck getting a straight answer on that from an official source... I live in Southern California.

    I activated Verizon Prepaid on a spare phone to do some network testing. Out the door, I owed $40.30. Something tells me that my monthly tax charge being only $0.30 is a pipe dream... I'm coming from Metro on a grandfathered (aka, no longer available) $40/mo plan for 5GB data, hotspot included. Hotspot is a must for me. So, by changing plans, I'll get +1GB, and minus some portion of $5/mo, and hopefully a better network...

    Initial results are promising... See below photo for my Speedtest. The left is Metro. The right is Verizon Prepaid.

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    Not sure why my attachment isn't appearing... Screen cap of two phones side by side. One is on Verizon Prepaid. One is on Metro. Below are the results:

    Metro:
    35 ms ping, 2.76 Mbps down, 1.48 Mbps up

    Verizon:
    27 ms ping, 40.9 Mbps down, 39.9 Mbps up.

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    Well I just activated 3 lines of double data, 16 GB each line. Monthly charge is $105 but I was charged $132.xx for the first month though I thought SIM cards were free as well as shipping. The following month I used Calling Mart so my cost went down to $101 total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuannyBooBoo View Post
    Question: How much is Verizon Prepaid charging y'all in taxes?

    Scenario: I'm looking at changing to Verizon's $40 Double the Data plan, which doubles the datums from 3GB to 6GB/mo, and includes hotspot. You save $5 by enabling autopay, which makes the price $35 + taxes. Question is, how much is taxes??? Good luck getting a straight answer on that from an official source... I live in Southern California.

    I activated Verizon Prepaid on a spare phone to do some network testing. Out the door, I owed $40.30. Something tells me that my monthly tax charge being only $0.30 is a pipe dream... I'm coming from Metro on a grandfathered (aka, no longer available) $40/mo plan for 5GB data, hotspot included. Hotspot is a must for me. So, by changing plans, I'll get +1GB, and minus some portion of $5/mo, and hopefully a better network...

    Initial results are promising... See below photo for my Speedtest. The left is Metro. The right is Verizon Prepaid.

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    I buy the refill pins and don't pay any taxes. Here in NothernVA I can get the refill pins from Target without any additional taxes. And when I get them on sale I save 14.5% using the Target Redcard.

    Now if I were to buy the refill pins from BestBuy, they will charge me taxes on the refill pins.
    Here is a speedtest I did today around 2PM on Verizon Prepaid. From here in Arlington Virginia.
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    Verizon would charge me 9.75% sales tax, 3% E911 surcharge, and 0.07% ITAC Assessment. I buy from Target and Callingmart to avoid this.

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    Wow. So sounds like going w/ refill cards/PINs is the way to go. Thanks all for the tip.

    Wouldn't I not get the -$5/mo benefit by not enrolling in Autopay? Or do you guys enroll in Autopay and just load the account before end of billing period?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuannyBooBoo View Post
    Wow. So sounds like going w/ refill cards/PINs is the way to go. Thanks all for the tip.

    Wouldn't I not get the -$5/mo benefit by not enrolling in Autopay? Or do you guys enroll in Autopay and just load the account before end of billing period?
    Correct, just enroll in auto pay & then make sure to refill through Callingmart at least a few days before your renewal date each month. You will still need to have a valid CC on file for the auto pay, otherwise Verizon will not give the auto pay discount.

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    I buy my husbands refill card at Lowe's and there isn't any tax at all. If I buy at $40 card that's all I pay.
    ~~Teresa ~~

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    You only get charged sales tax on the amount they have to charge to your credit card if your balance isn't big enough to cover a months charge. If you have a $40 balance and your monthly charge is $45, they charge tax on $5. So if your balance is always $45, there is zero tax. No E911, no local telecomm taxes, nothing. And with no tax on refill PIN"s at Target, it's a deal that can't be beat. When was the last time the advertised price was the total price you paid? (Unless you're a T Mobile customer, but their signal didn't cut it for me so I went to prepaid.)

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    $5.26 on $50 8.13 percent Orange county tax. Verizon Prepaid has been good to me since 2015. He

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    To close the loop... Holy ..... Just ended my first month with VZW Prepaid... see above photo (hopefully it posts correctly)... I'm subbed to the $40/mo plan (for double data of 6GB/mo), and I got billed $35.30 w/ autopay. I will gladly pay $0.30 only per month for tax... (Confirmed as the amount on my credit card too)

    Hopefully it stays that way. Needless to say, in my case here in SoCal, it's not really a huge deal for me to just go autopay.. I am one happy camper.

    Thanks all.
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