Beginning July 1, 1998, Changes to the Sales Tax Exemption on Machinery and Equipment for Printers Take Effect
Expanding printing firms are no longer required to meet a $50,000 tax threshold before purchasing qualifying machinery and equipment tax exempt.
Printers making purchases between January 1 and June 30, 1998, are subject to the $50,000 threshold during that time period. Any tax paid toward that threshold amount will not be eligible for a refund.
To qualify for the exemption, printing firms:
If a printing firm has already made purchases of machinery and equipment, an application for refund of the taxes paid on the machinery and equipment will not be approved until such time as the printing firm has registered with the WAGES Program.
The following examples represent the maximum tax exemption available for purchases by a printer of qualified machinery and equipment during 1998.
*Company A purchased $2,000,000 in printing machinery and equipment in March and $1,000,000 in September. This would result in a tax liability of $120,000 ($2,000,000 x 6% = $120,000) and $60,000 ($1,000,000 x 6% = $60,000) respectively. Company A is subject to the $50,000 tax threshold for the March purchases. Only the tax above the threshold amount is eligible for exemption or refund.
**Company B purchased $500,000 in printing machinery and equipment in February and $1,500,000 in October. This would result in a tax liability of $30,000 ($500,000 x 6% = $30,000) and $90,000 ($1,500,000 x 6% = $90,000)
respectively. Company B is subject to the $50,000 tax threshold for the February purchases. The tax which did not exceed the threshold amount is not eligible for exemption or refund.
Ch. 98-252, L.O.F.
s. 212.08(5)(b), F.S.