Tax 11.66(1)(r)1.c. c. Available to the public, or to such classes of eligible users as to be effectively available to a substantial portion of the public.
Tax 11.66(1)(r)2. 2. The functional equivalent of a mobile service described in subd. 1.
Tax 11.66(1)(s) (s) "Nine hundred service" means an inbound toll telecommunications service purchased by a subscriber that allows the subscriber's customers to call the subscriber's prerecorded announcement or live service. "Nine hundred service" does not include any charge for collection services provided by the seller of the telecommunications services to the subscriber or for any product or service the subscriber sells to the subscriber's customers. A "nine hundred service" is designated with the "900" number or any other number designated by the federal communications commission.
Tax 11.66(1)(t) (t) "Paging service" means a telecommunications service that transmits coded radio signals to activate specific pagers and may include messages or sounds.
Tax 11.66(1)(u) (u) "Place of primary use" means the residential street address or the primary business street address of the customer. In the case of mobile telecommunications services, "place of primary use" means a street address within the licensed service area of the home service provider.
Tax 11.66(1)(v) (v) "Postpaid calling service" means a telecommunications service that is obtained by paying for it on a call-by-call basis using a bankcard, travel card, credit card, debit card, or similar method, or by charging it to a telephone number that is not associated with the location where the telecommunications service originates or terminates. "Postpaid calling service" includes a telecommunications service, not including a prepaid wireless calling service, that would otherwise be a prepaid calling service except that the service provided to the customer is not exclusively a telecommunications service.
Tax 11.66(1)(w) (w) "Prepaid calling service" means the right to exclusively access telecommunications services, if that right is paid for in advance of providing such services, requires using an access number or authorization code to originate calls, and is sold in predetermined units or dollars that decrease with use in a known amount.
Tax 11.66(1)(x) (x) "Prepaid wireless calling service" means a telecommunications service that provides the right to utilize mobile wireless service as well as other nontelecommunications services, including the download of digital products delivered electronically, content, and ancillary services, and that is paid for prior to use and sold in predetermined units or dollars that decrease with use in a known amount.
Tax 11.66(1)(y) (y) "Private communication service" means a telecommunications service that entitles the customer to exclusive or priority use of a communications channel or group of communications channels, regardless of the manner in which the communications channel or group of communications channels is connected, and includes switching capacity, extension lines, stations, and other associated services that are provided in connection with the use of such channel or channels.
Tax 11.66(1)(z) (z) "Radio service" means a communication service provided by the use of radio, including radiotelephone, radiotelegraph, paging, and facsimile service.
Tax 11.66(1)(zb) (zb) "Radiotelegraph service" means transmitting messages from one place to another by means of radio.
Tax 11.66(1)(zf) (zf) "Radiotelephone service" means transmitting sound from one place to another by means of radio.
Tax 11.66(1)(zk) (zk) "Service address" as defined in s. 77.51 (17m), Stats., means any of the following:
Tax 11.66(1)(zk)1. 1. The location of the telecommunications equipment to which a customer's telecommunications service is charged and from which the telecommunications service originates or terminates, regardless of where the telecommunications service is billed or paid.
Tax 11.66(1)(zk)2. 2. If the location under subd. 1. is not known by the seller who sells the telecommunications service, the location where the signal of the telecommunications service originates, as identified by the seller's telecommunications system or, if the signal is not transmitted by the seller's telecommunications system, by information that the seller received from the seller's service provider.
Tax 11.66(1)(zk)3. 3. If the locations described under subds. 1. and 2. are not known by the seller who sells the telecommunications service, the customer's place of primary use.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp) (zp) "Telecommunications services" as defined in s. 77.51 (21n), Stats., means electronically transmitting, conveying, or routing voice, data, audio, video, or other information or signals to a point or between or among points. "Telecommunications services" includes the transmission, conveyance, or routing of such information or signals in which computer processing applications are used to act on the content's form, code, or protocol for transmission, conveyance, or routing purposes, regardless of whether the service is referred to as a voice over Internet protocol service or classified by the federal communications commission as an enhanced or value-added nonvoice data service. "Telecommunications services" does not include any of the following:
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)1. 1. Data processing and information services that allow data to be generated, acquired, stored, processed, or retrieved and delivered to a purchaser by an electronic transmission, if the purchaser's primary purpose for the underlying transaction is the processed data.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)2. 2. Installing or maintaining wiring or equipment on a customer's premises.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)3. 3. Tangible personal property.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)4. 4. Advertising, including directory advertising.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)5. 5. Billing and collection services provided to 3rd parties.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)6. 6. Internet access services.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)7. 7. Radio and television audio and video programming services, regardless of the medium in which the services are provided, including cable service, as defined in 47 USC 522 (6), audio and video programming services delivered by commercial mobile radio service providers, as defined in 47 CFR 20.3, and the transmitting, conveying, or routing of such services by the programming service provider.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)8. 8. Ancillary services.
Tax 11.66(1)(zp)9. 9. Digital products delivered electronically, including software, music, video, reading materials, or ringtones.
Tax 11.66(1)(zs) (zs) "Value-added nonvoice data service" means a service that otherwise meets the definition of telecommunications services, in which computer processing applications are used to act on the form, content, code, or protocol of the information or data provided by the service and are used primarily for a purpose other than for transmitting, conveying, or routing data.
Tax 11.66(1)(zw) (zw) "Vertical service" means an ancillary service that is provided with one or more telecommunications services and allows customers to identify callers and to manage multiple calls and call connections, including conference bridging services.
Tax 11.66(1)(zy) (zy) "Voice mail service" means an ancillary service that allows a customer to store, send, or receive recorded messages, not including any vertical service that the customer must have to use the voice mail service.
Tax 11.66(2) (2)Taxable services. Receipts that are subject to Wisconsin sales and use tax include receipts from the following services, if the services are sourced to Wisconsin as provided in sub. (3):
Tax 11.66(2)(a) (a) Telecommunications services, including the following:
Tax 11.66(2)(a)1. 1. Intrastate telecommunications services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)2. 2. Interstate telecommunications services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)3. 3. International telecommunications services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)4. 4. Private communication services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)5. 5. 800 services, except interstate 800 services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)6. 6. 900 services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)7. 7. Fixed wireless services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)8. 8. Mobile wireless services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)10. 10. Stationary two-way radio services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)11. 11. Paging services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)12. 12. Facsimile, or FAX, transmission services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)13. 13. Prepaid wireless calling services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)14. 14. Value-added non-voice data services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)15. 15. Residential communications services.
Tax 11.66(2)(a)16. 16. Coin-operated telephone services.
Tax 11.66(2)(b) (b) Ancillary services, including the following:
Tax 11.66(2)(b)1. 1. Conference bridging services.
Tax 11.66(2)(b)2. 2. Directory assistance services.
Tax 11.66(2)(b)3. 3. Call forwarding services.
Tax 11.66(2)(b)4. 4. Voice mail services.
Tax 11.66(2)(b)5. 5. Caller ID services.
Tax 11.66(2)(b)6. 6. Call waiting services.
Tax 11.66(2)(c) (c) Internet access services.
Tax 11.66(2)(cm) (cm) Prepaid calling services.
Tax 11.66(2)(d) (d) Telecommunications message services that consist of recording telecommunications messages and transmitting them to the purchaser of the service or at that purchaser's direction, but not including services that are taxable under par. (a), (b), or (c), or services that are incidental, as defined in s. 77.51 (5), Stats., to another service that is not taxable under subch. III of ch. 77, Stats., and sold to the purchaser of the incidental service. Telecommunications message services include the following:
Tax 11.66(2)(d)1. 1. Nonmechanical telephone answering services.
Tax 11.66 Note Examples: 1) A real estate business, whose employees spend considerable periods of time away from its office, contracts with Company A to answer incoming telephone calls during periods when employees are not available to answer the telephone. Employees of Company A receive the calls to the real estate office by telephone, take messages from incoming callers, and transmit the messages to the real estate company or particular employees in that company. The service provided by Company A is not incidental to another service sold by the company that is not a taxable service. Company A's charge for this service is subject to Wisconsin sales or use tax.
Tax 11.66 Note 2) Company B employs an office management service that provides receptionist, typing, filing, scheduling, bookkeeping, and similar services. Employees of the office management service also answer and route incoming telephone calls. When calls cannot be routed, the office management service takes and transmits messages to the appropriate person. This answering service is only a small part of the total services provided.
Tax 11.66 Note The telephone answering service provided as a part of the office management service is not subject to Wisconsin sales or use tax because it is incidental to the office management service provided and that office management service is not taxable.
Tax 11.66(2)(d)2. 2. Security monitoring services that consist of recording a telecommunications message and notifying the customer or local authorities of the message.
Tax 11.66(2)(d)3. 3. Electronic mail services.
Tax 11.66(2)(d)4. 4. Mechanical or electronic voice messaging and telephone answering services, except ancillary services.
Tax 11.66 Note Example: Company A provides its customers access to an office message system computer through which a customer can deposit or retrieve telephone messages using a touch-tone telephone. The service may be used as a message center, a call forwarding service, or an answering service. Messages are stored in the computer, and the customer may send or retrieve messages, reply to a message directly, reroute messages to others, broadcast messages to a wider group, save selected messages, and cancel messages no longer needed. The service is available 24 hours a day, and the customer accesses the computer through either a toll-free telephone number or a local telephone number. The service provided by Company A is not incidental to another service sold by the company that is not a taxable service and is not associated with or incidental to providing telecommunications services. Company A's charges for this service are subject to Wisconsin sales or use tax.
Tax 11.66(3) (3)Sourcing. This subsection describes the sourcing of telecommunications services, ancillary services, Internet access services, and telecommunications message services.
Tax 11.66(3)(a) (a) Telecommunications services.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)1.1. Except as provided in subds. 3. to 7., the sale of a telecommunications service that is sold on a call-by-call basis is sourced to the taxing jurisdiction:
Tax 11.66(3)(a)1.a. a. where the call originates and terminates, if the call originates and terminates in the same taxing jurisdiction; or
Tax 11.66(3)(a)1.b. b. where the call either originates or terminates and where the service address is located, if the call does not originate and terminate in the same taxing jurisdiction.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)2. 2. Except as provided in subds. 3. to 7., the sale of a telecommunications service that is sold on a basis other than a call-by-call basis is sourced to the customer's place of primary use, as defined in sub. (1) (u).
Tax 11.66(3)(a)3. 3. The sale of a mobile telecommunications service, except an air-to-ground radiotelephone service and a prepaid calling service, is sourced to the customer's place of primary use, as defined in sub. (1) (u).
Tax 11.66(3)(a)4. 4. The sale of a postpaid calling service is sourced to the location where the signal of the telecommunications service originates, as first identified by the seller's telecommunications system or, if the signal is not transmitted by the seller's telecommunications system, by information that the seller received from the seller's service provider.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)5. 5. The sale of a prepaid calling service or a prepaid wireless calling service is sourced to the location determined under s. Tax 11.945 (2).
Tax 11.66(3)(a)6. 6. The sale of a prepaid wireless calling service is sourced to the location determined under s. Tax 11.945 (2), except that if the location cannot be determined under s. Tax 11.945 (2) (a) to (d), the prepaid wireless calling service occurs at the location determined under s. Tax 11.945 (2) (e) 3., or the location associated with the mobile telephone number, as determined by the seller.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)7.a.a. The sale of a private communication service for a separate charge related to a customer channel termination point is sourced to the location of the customer channel termination point.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)7.b. b. The sale of a private communication service in which all customer channel termination points are located entirely in one taxing jurisdiction for sales and use tax purposes is sourced to the taxing jurisdiction in which the customer channel termination points are located.
Tax 11.66 Note Example: Company A contracts with Telecommunications Provider B for private communication service to send data from Company A's bank, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Company A's automated teller machines or "ATMs," located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and to send data from its ATMs in Milwaukee to its bank in Milwaukee. The charge by Telecommunications Provider B to Company A is based on a certain amount of dedicated channel capacity available to Company A on the communications channel, regardless of the volume of data transmitted or number of transmissions made by Company A. Since all of the customer channel termination points are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the entire service is sourced to Milwaukee.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)7.c. c. If the segments are charged separately, the sale of a private communication service that represents segments of a communications channel between 2 customer channel termination points that are located in different taxing jurisdictions for sales and use tax purposes is sourced in an equal percentage to both jurisdictions.
Tax 11.66 Note Example: Company B contracts with Telecommunications Provider C for private communication service to send data from Company B's bank, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Company B's automated teller machine (ATM) located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Telecommunications Provider C charges Company B based on the location of the segments of the channel termination points. Since Company B has 2 customer channel termination points that are located in different taxing jurisdictions, one located in Milwaukee and the other located in Waukesha, the charge by Telecommunications Provider C to Company B is sourced equally between the Milwaukee taxing jurisdiction and the Waukesha taxing jurisdiction.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)7.d. d. If the segments are not charged separately, the sale of a private communication service for segments of a communications channel that is located in more than one taxing jurisdiction for sales and use tax purposes is sourced to each jurisdiction in a percentage determined by dividing the number of customer channel termination points in that jurisdiction by the number of customer channel termination points in all jurisdictions where segments of the communications channel are located.
Tax 11.66 Note Example: Company JKL, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has branch offices in Madison, Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Company JKL contracts with a telecommunications company for private communication service to send messages between and among its Milwaukee office and the branch offices. Company JKL has exclusive use of the channels while using them. The telecommunications company sells use of the communications channels to other parties while Company JKL is not using them. The charges by the telecommunications company to Company JKL are based on a certain amount of dedicated channel capacity available to Company JKL on the communications channels. The telecommunications company does not bill separately for the segments of the communications channels. Increasing capacity requires a higher charge. The telecommunications company refers to this service as "private line service." Of the charges by the telecommunications company to Company JKL for this service, 60% are subject to Wisconsin sales or use tax because 3 of the 5 customer channel termination points are located in Wisconsin.
Tax 11.66(3)(a)7.e. e. No credit for tax paid to another state is allowed where the other state apportions the service in a manner similar to that provided in subd. 7. c. and d.
Tax 11.66(3)(b) (b) Ancillary services. Except for detailed telecommunications billing services, ancillary services are sourced to the customer's place of primary use, as defined in sub. (1) (u).
Tax 11.66(3)(c) (c) Internet access services. Internet access services are sourced to the customer's place of primary use, as defined in sub. (1) (u).
Tax 11.66(3)(d) (d) Exceptions. For purposes of pars. (a), (b), and (c), if the location of the customer's service address, channel termination point, or place of primary use is not known, the location where the seller receives or hands off the signal shall be considered, for purposes of this rule, the customer's service address, channel termination point, or place of primary use.
Tax 11.66(3)(e) (e) Telecommunications message services. Telecommunications message services are sourced to the location determined under s. Tax 11.945 (2), which will generally result in the sale being sourced to the location where the customer, or someone at the direction of the customer, receives the message.
Tax 11.66(4) (4)Nontaxable services. The sales price from the sale of or charge for the following services are not taxable:
Tax 11.66(4)(a) (a) Interstate or international telecommunications service if the service is sourced to a location outside Wisconsin.
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