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TIP #0219-03
DATE ISSUED: June 18, 2002

CLARIFICATION OF EXEMPTIONS TO THE COMMUNICATIONS
SERVICES TAX FOR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

The Legislature has clarified the exemptions applicable to religious and educational organizations. All references are now to religious and educational institutions. The Department's prior interpretation of the exemptions for sales to religious and educational institutions has been enacted as a clarification of current law. A sample certificate to be issued by the institutions has been provided in Rule 12A-19.043, Florida Administrative Code.

In addition, sales by religious institutions that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and have an established physical place for worship at which nonprofit religious services and activities are regularly conducted and carried on, are also totally exempt from both the Florida communications services tax and local communications services tax.

References: Sections 202.12(1), 202.125(4), 202.19(10), Florida Statutes; Rule 12A-19.0-43, Florida Administrative Code





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