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TIP # 04A19-09
DATE ISSUED: November 19, 2004


Effective January 1, 2005, numerous local communications services tax (CST) rates will change. These local tax rate changes are pursuant to an ordinance adopted by the governing authority of the county or municipality. The local tax rate for CST includes both the local rate imposed under the CST statute [(Section 202.19, Florida Statutes (F.S.)] and the discretionary sales surtax imposed under the sales and use tax statute (Section 212.055, F.S.). The new rates are effective for all bills issued on or after January 1, 2005, regardless of the date that the service is rendered or transacted. These rates will stay in effect until further notice by the Department.

The following jurisdictions will have a rate change due to a local ordinance:

  Brevard County Unincorporated Area
  Glades County Unincorporated Area
  Golf - Palm Beach County
  Hawthorne - Alachua County
  Indian Shores - Pinellas County
  Key West - Monroe County
  Lake Butler - Union County
  Micanopy - Alachua County
  Okaloosa County Unincorporated Area
  Orlando - Orange County
  Worthington Springs - Union County

The following counties had a change in their county discretionary sales surtax. This means that the local CST rate for the county and each jurisdiction within these counties has changed.

  Alachua County
  Hernando County
  Marion County
  Palm Beach County
  Pasco County
  Polk County

The attached rate schedule contains the new rates effective January 1, 2005, or you may visit the Department's Internet site at to download a list of CST rates.

References: Sections 202.19, 202.20 and 212.055, 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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For a detailed written response to your questions, write the Florida Department of Revenue, Taxpayer Services, 1379 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716.