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Florida CST Changes, January 2016


 Florida: Communications services tax rate changes take effect January 2016.

Communications Services Tax (CST) rates in Florida are based on the local rate imposed under Section 202.19, Florida Statutes and discretionary sales surtaxes imposed under Section 212.055, F.S. New CST rates will take effect January 1, 2016.

As of this writing, there are two rate changes due to local ordinance (Tax Information Publication 15A19-03):

  • Columbia County (unincorporated area): 5.22%
  • Estero (new jurisdiction in Lee County): 3.61%

The Florida Department of Revenue urges caution with respect to changing CST rates at this time and reminds that it will issue another Tax Information Publication in November, after counties have alerted the department of any changes in county discretionary sales surtaxes.

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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.