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TIP #09A01-03
DATE ISSUED:June 18, 2009

Changes Affecting Convention Halls, Exhibition Halls, Auditoriums,
Stadiums, Theaters, Arenas, Civic Centers, Performing Arts Centers,
or Publicly-Owned Recreational Facilities

The exemptions contained in Sections (s.) 212.04(2)(a)2.b., 212.031(1)(a)12., and 212.031(10), Florida Statutes (F.S.), are scheduled to expire on July 1, 2009. The Legislature did not extend these exemptions.

Admission Charges to Events Sponsored by
Governmental Entities, Sports Authorities, or Sports Commissions

Effective July 1, 2009, sales tax is due on admissions to an event sponsored by a governmental entity, sports authority, or sports commission when the event is held in a convention hall, exhibition hall, auditorium, stadium, theater, arena, civic center, performing arts center, or publicly-owned recreational facility.

However, the specific exemption for admissions charges imposed by not-for-profit sponsoring organizations, under the provisions of s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, remains in effect under s. 212.04(2)(a)2.a., F.S. Likewise, the specific exemptions for certain governmental entities remain in effect when the requirements of s. 212.04(2)(a)1., F.S. and s. 212.04(2)(a)3., F.S., are met.

Real Property Rental Charges to Concessionaires
that Sell Souvenirs, Novelties, or Other Event-Related Products

Effective July 1, 2009, real property is subject to sales tax when rented, leased, subleased, or licensed to a concessionaire by a convention hall, exhibition hall, auditorium, stadium, theater, arena, civic center, performing arts center, or publicly-owned recreational facility, during an event at the facility, to be used by the concessionaire to sell souvenirs, novelties, or other event-related products.

Separately Stated Charges for Food, Drinks, or Services
Required or Available with a Lease or License to Use Real Property

Effective July 1, 2009, separately stated charges that are required by a lease or license to use real property are subject to sales tax when imposed by a convention hall, exhibition hall, auditorium, stadium, theater, arena, civic center, performing arts center, or publicly-owned recreational facility. Examples of these separately stated charges include charges for laborers, stagehands, ticket takers, event staff, security personnel, cleaning staff, and other event-related personnel, advertising, and credit card processing.

Reference:  Sections 212.031 and 212.04, 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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