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TIP # 02A01-08
DATE ISSUED: August 02, 2002

Partial Exemption for a Motor Vehicle Sold in Florida
To A Nonresident Corporation/Partnership

Current Law

Current Florida law grants a partial exemption to a nonresident purchaser who buys a motor vehicle in Florida. The nonresident buyer must pay Florida sales tax in an amount equal to any sales tax that would be imposed by the nonresident's home state, as long as the amount paid does not exceed Florida's 6 percent rate. The nonresident purchaser is required to execute an Affidavit for Partial Exemption of Motor Vehicle Sold for Licensing in Another State (Form DR-123).

New Law Limits This Exemption

Beginning July 1, 2002, the partial exemption for a motor vehicle sold in Florida to a nonresident purchaser does not apply to a nonresident corporation or partnership when:

  • An officer of the corporation is a Florida resident;
  • A stockholder who owns a least 10 percent of the corporation is a Florida resident; or
  • A partner who has at least a 10 percent ownership in the partnership is a Florida resident.

The partial exemption will continue to apply if the vehicle is removed from Florida within 45 days after purchase and remains outside this state for a minimum of 180 days regardless of the residency of the owners or stockholders of the purchasing entity.

References: Section 212.08(10), Florida Statutes; Section 20 of CS/SB 426; Chapter 2002-218, Laws of Florida


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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