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DATE ISSUED: 09/24/01

Alachua County Levies A One Percent Discretionary Sales Surtax
Beginning January 1, 2002

Effective January 1, 2002, sales tax dealers in Alachua County must begin collecting the one percent discretionary sales surtax. The levy of this surtax is the result of voter approval of Alachua County Ordinance No. 01-01. Effective January 1, 2002, the combined tax rate for Alachua County will be seven percent. This consists of:

       6.0%     State sales tax rate
       1.0%     Local Government Infrastructure Surtax

Effective January 1, 2002, all sales tax dealers will be required to collect or accrue the one percent Alachua County discretionary sales surtax, in addition to the state's six percent sales tax, on the sale or use of taxable merchandise or taxable services delivered into Alachua County.

The Department of Revenue will administer the one percent discretionary sales surtax. All monies collected for this surtax shall be remitted and reported to the Department along with the state sales and use tax on the appropriate sales and use tax return.

The amount of money distributed to Alachua County depends upon proper completion of the back of each sales and use tax return. Please make certain you complete ALL of the appropriate lines including the discretionary sales surtax lines on all future tax returns.

Your 2002 sales tax coupon books and all other tax returns printed for tax filing periods in 2002 will include the new rates.

This new discretionary sales surtax was originally passed to begin January 1, 2002, and expire on December 31, 2002. This is subject to change. We urge you to examine any discretionary sales surtax rate sheets (Form DR-15DSS) issued for the 2003 surtax rates and effective/expiration dates.

Public workshops have been scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

October 2, 2001, 10:15 a.m.
Alachua County Public Library
Tower Road Branch
3020 Southwest 75th Street
Gainesville, Florida
Maximum capacity: 95 people
October 17, 2001, 9:30 a.m.
Westside Park Activities Building
1001 Northwest 34th Street
Gainesville, Florida
Maximum capacity: 100 people
October 23, 2001, 8:15 a.m.
Alachua Taxpayer Service Center
14107 US Highway 441, Suite 100
Alachua, Florida
Maximum capacity: 20 people
October 24, 2001, 8:15 a.m.
Alachua Taxpayer Service Center
14107 US Highway 441, Suite 100
Alachua, Florida
Maximum capacity: 20 people

If you would like to attend one of the workshops, please contact Johnny Killebrew, Tax Specialist II, Department of Revenue, at (386) 418-4408.

References: Alachua County Ordinance 01-01; Sections 212.054, 212.055(1) and (2), Florida Statutes



This document is intended to alert you to the requirements contained in Florida laws and administrative rules. It does not by its own effect create rights or require compliance.

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Hearing- or speech-impaired persons should call our TDD at 1-800-367-8331 or 850-922-1115.

For a detailed written response to your questions, write to the Florida Department of Revenue, Tax Information Services, 1379 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716.

To receive a fax copy of a form, call 850-922-3676 from your fax machine telephone.