Annual Property Tax Recovery Fee

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Why was I never notified that I would be billed for Annual Property Tax Recovery Fee of $4.20? And why am I now having to pay for this?
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Debby Hartman

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Posted 4 months ago

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Been happening for years. And I have read similar complaints for years.

Wish they would just roll it in the monthly lease fee cost and be done with it.
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Old Labs

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The issue for some is that they are on very tight budgets or fixed incomes. Even an unexpected $4.20 can lead to overdraft problems/headaches/other actions if being debited directly from a bank account. Whether that's the case here is subject to debate. Regardless a heads up by Viasat might be a nice touch for those who find themselves in that situation (should anyone actually be listening).
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Shawn Mazzetti

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Amen, Old Labs!  And besides, it's just galling to have to pay an additional fee on top of the substantial monthly charge we already pay for Viasat's lackluster product.  (The only benefit to encroaching suburbia in the semi-rural area where I live is that I'll have more choice of internet providers!)
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Stephen, you do realize you pay many taxes and fees for other people don't you? Look at all those surcharges on the phone bill. They had to pay for the Obamaphones somehow!
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Debby Hartman

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The $4.20 did not bankrupt me, I just wish Viasat would notify their customers to expect an increase in their bill.
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Stephen Rice

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President Obama gets too much credit for the free phones.  That stuff was actually started by President Reagan.
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Amanda Goller Wilson

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I went with Excede last September and this last bill is the first time I've EVER been charged this fee. Why wasn't I ever charged with it before if it's supposedly been going on for years???
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Old Labs

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Because it's assessed on a yearly basis (not monthly) right about this time (or January) for most like most property taxes - this would be your 1st iteration if you went with Exede in September.
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It is only charged once a year, per the requirements of your state, municipality. Many states do not assess this fee, others do.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Hi Guys

We see this pop up every year around this time. Here's everything you will need to know about what the fee is, why we charge it and what states will see it:

https://help.viasat.com/articles/General/What-s-the-Property-Tax-Recovery-Fee
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Alice Parris

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I read the link you provided about the property tax recovery fee and it explicitly states the tax is on leased equipment.  My equipment was purchased, not leased, about 10 years ago.  Why am I being charged this fee?
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Judge and Jury

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Alice...

See the response from  Matt B, Viasat Employee to Debby in the post above yours.
 
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Alice Parris

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Thanks, I sent an email and Matt answered promptly letting me know that I should not have been charged this fee since I own the equipment.  Credit for the charges is in process for my next bill.
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Alice, 

I have your email and have responded.
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Steve Frederick, Champion

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Alice, you do not own the Viasat equipment, or modem. You paid for a lifetime lease, thereby you are not paying the $9.99 per month lease fee, but you did not purchase the equipment.
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RE: "Why was I never notified..."

As a court would say, its your responsibility to know the laws/ordinances/etc.

And yes, those who make them use 'backdoor' taxes" these days, and then proclaim, "I didn't raise your property taxes."