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TIP #08B07-03
DATE ISSUED: July 1, 2008

Solid Mineral Severance Tax

Phosphate Rock Producers

Phosphate rock producers are subject to a new surtax and an increased tax rate beginning July 1, 2008. The proceeds of the surtax will be used for rehabilitation, management and closure of the Piney Point and Mulberry sites of severance, as well as other approved reclamation of nonmandatory lands as provided in Chapter 378, Florida Statutes (F.S).

Beginning July 1, 2008

  • The tax rate will be $1.945 per ton of phosphate rock severed.
  • A surcharge of $1.38 on the severance of phosphate rock will be charged in addition to the excise tax on each ton of phosphate rock severed.
  • Beginning July 1 of the fiscal year following the date that the surtax revenues equal or exceed $60 million, the tax rate on the severance of phosphate rock will be $1.51 per ton of phosphate rock severed.
  • A surtax offset will be calculated and accumulated for each taxpayer. Once the accumulated surtax offset for a taxpayer equals or exceeds the total amount of surtax paid by the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s severance tax rate will be calculated based on the provisions of section 211.3103(5) and (6), F.S.

Reference:  Section 211.3103, F.S. as amended by section 2, Chapter 2008-150, Laws Of Florida

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