TIP # 05B05-03
Fuel Taxes Adjusted Beginning January 1, 2006
Beginning January 1, 2006, the statewide tax rates on motor fuel and diesel fuel will increase. Florida law requires annual adjustments to the state fuel tax rates and the State Comprehensive Enhanced Transportation System (SCETS) tax rate, based on the National Consumer Price Index.
Minimum Local Option Tax Collected at Fuel Terminals
Terminal Suppliers - In addition to the $0.149 state fuel taxes collected at the loading rack, terminal suppliers must also collect a minimum local option fuel tax in the amount of $0.10 on each gallon of gasoline sold to licensed wholesalers. Total fuel taxes collected by terminal suppliers on gasoline sold to wholesalers shall be $0.249 per gallon.
Wholesalers - Wholesalers must remit to the Department of Revenue the local option tax on gasoline sold to retail dealers or end-users above the minimum $0.10 collected by terminal suppliers.
Counties with Local Option Tax Rate Changes
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2006, county rate changes take effect in Bay, Charlotte, Citrus, Columbia, Hardee, Holmes, and Nassau Counties. Please see the enclosed Year 2006 State Taxes, Ninth-Cent, Local Option, Additional Local Option and SCETS Motor Fuel Taxes chart for the appropriate fuel tax for your county.
Filing Your Return
January 2006 returns, reflecting new tax rates, will be mailed to fuel tax licensees in mid-January. The January return is due February 1, 2006, and is late after February 20, 2006. Failure to properly file a tax return may result in the assessment of penalty and interest and loss of the collection allowance.
References: Chapter 206, Florida Statutes; Sections 336.021 and 336.025, Florida Statutes
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
For forms and other information, visit our Internet site at www.myflorida.com/dor. Or call Taxpayer Services, 8:00 a.m., to 7:00 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800.
Persons with hearing or speech impairments may call our TDD at 800-367-8331 or 850-922-1115.
For a detailed written response to your questions, write the Florida Department of Revenue, Taxpayer Services, 1379 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716.