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We have recently been asked to help some of you change the tax parameters in your DockMaster system because you received Tax Information Publication Tip No17A01-14 dated November 13, 2017.

This bulletin states that effective January 1, 2018, the State of Florida sales tax rate for rental, lease or License to use real property will decrease to 5.8%. There has been some confusion as to whether this affects the sales tax on slip rentals, dry stack rental and other dry storage of vessels. We asked the Florida Department of Revenue for clarification and received the following answer.

From: FL Dept of Revenue Taxpayer Services
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:42 AM

The Department has received your query as to sale tax on rental of slips at marinas.

As per the relevant portion of s. 212.031(1)(a)3, Florida Statutes, "It is declared to be the legislative intent that every person is exercising a taxable privilege who engages in the business of renting, leasing, letting, or granting a license for the use of any real property unless such property is Property subject to tax on parking, docking, or storage spaces under s. (6)".

S. 212.03(6), Florida Statutes, mentioned above, reads: "The Legislature finds that every person who leases or rents parking or storage spaces for motor vehicles in parking lots or garages, including storage facilities for towed vehicles, who leases or rents docking or storage spaces for boats in boat docks or marinas, or who leases or rents tie-down or storage space for aircraft at airports is engaging in a taxable privilege.
(a) For the exercise of this privilege, a tax is hereby levied at the rate of 6 percent on the total rental charged".

As such, the tax on such a rental remains at 6% for the state portion.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your inquiry. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-850-488-6800.

Sam Berkowitz
Tax Specialist I
Taxpayer Services Process

Standard Notice: If you need to contact us, we recommend you use our secure Ask a Question Form online or write to us at:

Florida Department of Revenue
Tax Information Services
5050 West Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0100

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We hope you find bulletins like this useful. DockMaster is in no way providing tax advice. Should you have any questions about the notice above, we strongly advise our clients to seek the advice of a tax expert before deciding if this has any affect on how you collect sales tax. For more information, please contact us here.

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