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January 2015 Local Sales Tax Updates, Florida


 Daytona Beach, in Volusia County, Florida.

The Florida Department of Revenue has released updated information regarding local discretionary sales surtaxes. There are some new rates, and many existing rates are being extended.

Brevard County: a new 0.5% discretionary sales surtax, effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2020. The new total rate of sales tax in Brevard County will be 6.5%.

Charlotte County: the 1% discretionary sales surtax is extended through December 31, 2020. The total rate of sales tax remains 7%.

Escambia County: the 1% infrastructure surtax is extended through December 31, 2028 and the 0.5% capital outlay surtax is extended through December 31, 2027. The total rate of sales tax remains 7.5%.

Hernando County: the 0.5% discretionary surtax will expire on December 31, 2014. The new total rate of sales tax will be 6%.

Seminole County: a new 1% discretionary sales surtax takes effect on January 1, 2015, for a combined sales tax rate of 7%.

Highlands County: the existing 1% discretionary sales surtax is extended through December 31, 2033. The combined rate of sales tax remains 7%.

Leon County: The 1% infrastructure surtax is extended through December 31, 2039 and the 0.5% school capital outlay surtax remains in place. The combined rate of sales tax for Leon County remains 7.5%.

Monroe County: the 1% infrastructure surtax remains in place and the 0.5% school capital outlay surtax is extended through December 31, 2025. The combined rate remains 7.5%.

Orange County: the 0.5% school capital outlay surtax is extended through December 31, 2025. The combined rate of sales tax remains 6.5%.

Volusia County: the 0.5% school capital outlay surtax is extended through December 31, 2031. The combined rate of sales tax remains 6.5%.

Sellers should take the time to read the department notices (links are above), as they contain important information. For example, collection allowances are not permitted for paper filers or filers paying by check or money order.

One additional change has been announced. Effective January 1, 2015, the “per-ton fees on the extraction of limerock and sand within the Miami-Dad County Lake Belt Area” are as follows:

  • Mitigation fee rate: $0.45
  • Water treatment plant upgrade fee rate: $0.15

Additional information.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.