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TIP #0219-01
DATE ISSUED: July 12, 2002

PUBLIC LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS NOT REQUIRED TO STATE
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TAX ON GUEST BILLS

Dealers of communications services are required to separately itemize the state communications services tax and the local communications services tax on a customer's bill. Hotels, motels, and other public lodging establishments that sell telephone, fax, or television programming services such as pay-per-view to guests are communications services dealers. The 2002 Legislature has provided an alternative means for these businesses to notify guests of the imposition of state and local communications services taxes. Instead of separately stating the taxes on the customer's bill, the business may use the notification procedure provided under Section 509.2015, Florida Statutes.

A public lodging establishment that collects a tax under Chapters 202 and 203, Florida Statutes, for any telephone call or other communications services may post notice of such tax in a conspicuous place as set forth in Section 509.2015, Florida Statutes. Such notice must be plainly visible and printed in a sign that is not less than three inches by five inches in size

Reference: Chapter 2002-48, Laws of Florida; Chapters 202 and 203, and Section 509.2015, Florida Statutes.



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