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TIP #07A01-03
DATE ISSUED:April 18, 2007

HENDRY COUNTY INCREASES TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX
FROM TWO PERCENT TO THREE PERCENT
BEGINNING MAY 1, 2007

Effective May 1, 2007, sales tax dealers in Hendry County must begin collecting tourist development tax at the rate of 3% for transient rental transactions occurring within the county. This increase from 2% to 3% is the result of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners' adoption of Ordinance No. 2006-37 on September 12, 2006. Effective May 1, 2007, the combined tax rate for Hendry County transient rentals will be 10 percent. This consists of:

6%     State sales tax
1%     Discretionary sales surtax
3%     Tourist development tax (2% through April 30, 2007)

The tourist development tax must be collected by sales tax dealers in Hendry County who rent living quarters for a term of six months or less. These taxable transactions are defined as "transient rentals." Transient rentals that are exempt from sales tax are also exempt from the tourist development tax.

For monthly and quarterly filers, the Department will be issuing new sales tax coupon books and this new rate will be reflected in the new 2007 Sales Tax Coupon books. If you are a semi-annual or annual filer, your 2007 tax returns mailed from this office will have the new transient rental rate printed on the coupons. Taxpayers who file electronically or are required to file electronically will not be mailed new coupon books or returns.

References:  Hendry County Ordinance No. 2006-37; Section 125.0104, Florida Statutes

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This document is intended to alert you to the requirements contained in Florida laws and administrative rules. It does not by its own effect create rights or require compliance.

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For a detailed written response to your questions, write the Florida Department of Revenue, Taxpayer Services, MS 3-2000, 5050 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0112.