Greetings telecom entrepreneurs!
As we experience this new "Telecommunications Spring" where entrepreneurs again redefine the world of telecom offerings, I thought for a moment about where this all started. For us at SureTax, we do telecom tax, so for us it started in 1898.
114 years ago this month, the United States instituted the first telecommunications tax. The Spanish-American war was causing federal deficits and new taxes were needed to refill the treasury.
It's difficult to imagine what telecommunications meant in 1898, but you can be certain that to any user, the service was amazing and revolutionized life in America. The telegraph, America's first digital service ("baud rate" was a telegraph term!) barely compares to current digital offerings, but for us tax and billing techs, you have to wonder how they billed for the services.
Today, the billing is as advanced as the communications. At SureTax, we handle a variety of telecom taxes - VoIP, digital goods, M2M just to name a few, and provide the services that go along with rating calls. With a telegraph, you might have been billed per message. Now, with wireless, there are separate billing schemes for fixed plans, overages, phone purchases, data and more. With over 10,000 jurisdictions, the billing can be as complex as the technology behind the service.
At SureTax, we provide the technology to stay in compliance with telecom tax laws. Plus, we offer SureAddress, an address validation and correction tool that will make your billing system happy. All of this comes from CCH, the most powerful name in tax content.
If you're a startup in this "Telecommunications Spring", we can help. We know telecom tax, telecom billing and telecom solutions. Give me (Brent) or Mike a call and we can help you figure out how to implement a tax compliance solution for your telecom business.