Taxes and fees are not charged by the phone company, they are charged by local, stage, and federal governments and you are told there will be taxes and fees when you purchase your plan (if you bother to read it).
That statement is not quite true. Yes there are government fees and taxes the consumer bears. But Verizon & most other cell landline companies charge the consumer fees (They like to call them surcharges) on top of the normal charges to help pay their taxes and fees the government wants them to pay. See Below:
Verizon Wireless' Surcharges include charges to recover or help
defray costs of taxes and of governmental charges and fees
imposed on us, including a Regulatory Charge (which helps defray
costs of various regulatory mandates, including government
number administration and license fees) and a Federal Universal
Service Charge (and, if applicable, a State Universal Service
Charge) to recover costs imposed on us by the government to
support universal service, and may include other charges also
related to our governmental costs. It also includes an
Administrative Charge, which helps defray certain costs we incur,
currently including charges we, or our agents, pay local
telephone companies for delivering calls from our customers to
their customers, (ii) fees and assessments on network facilities
and services, and (iii) certain costs and charges associated with
proceedings related to new cell site construction. Please note
that these are Verizon Wireless charges, not taxes. These
charges, and what's included, are subject to change from time to
If I tried that in my business (well sir, the banana split is $2.00, but to cover my cost for health inspections, property taxes, personal property taxes, etc. it is 2.25) I'd be out of business. For most companies, it is called, "The cost of doing business."You offer a product and it is priced appropriately to cover the costs of their expenses and hopefully a little chunk of change at the backend for them.
It is simply a way to make the plans look appealing and still get the money they need to cover THEIR costs, thus larger profits. Call it, creative financing.