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Tip #98(A)1-06
Date Issued: 06/19/98

Beginning July 1, 1998, Changes to the Sales Tax Exemption on Machinery and Equipment for Printers Take Effect

Expanding printing firms are no longer required to meet a $50,000 tax threshold before purchasing qualifying machinery and equipment tax exempt. 

Printers making purchases between January 1 and June 30, 1998, are subject to the $50,000 threshold during that time period.  Any tax paid toward that threshold amount will not be eligible for a refund.

To qualify for the exemption, printing firms:

  • Must apply for the exemption by filing Form DR-1214, Application for Temporary Tax Exemption Permit, with the Department of Revenue.
  • Must register with the Work and Gain Economic Self-sufficiency (WAGES) Program before their application for exemption will be approved.  For WAGES Program Business Registry information, contact the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security at (800) 342-3450.
  • Must show an increase in productive output of not less than 10 percent to qualify for the exemption . 

If a printing firm has already made purchases of machinery and equipment, an application for refund of the taxes paid on the machinery and equipment will not be approved until such time as the printing firm has registered with the WAGES Program.

The following examples represent the maximum tax exemption available for purchases by a printer of qualified machinery and equipment during 1998.

  Company A* Company A* Company B** Company B**
 

1/1  - 6/30/98

7/1 - 12/31/98

1/1 - 6/30/98

7/1 - 12/31/98

M & E Purchases

$ 2,000,000

$ 1,000,000

 $500,000

$ 1,500,000

Tax Due

120,000

60,000

30,000

90,000

Threshold

<50,000>

<-0->

<50,000>

<-0->

Exemption
(Per Period)

$70,000

$60,000

NONE

$90,000

Total Exemption
for 1998

$130,000

$130,000

$90,000

$90,000

*Company A purchased $2,000,000 in printing machinery and equipment in March and $1,000,000 in September.  This would result in a tax liability of $120,000 ($2,000,000 x 6% = $120,000) and $60,000 ($1,000,000 x 6% = $60,000) respectively.  Company A is subject to the $50,000 tax threshold for the March purchases. Only the tax above the threshold amount is eligible for exemption or refund.

**Company B purchased $500,000 in printing machinery and equipment in February and $1,500,000 in October.  This would result in a tax liability of $30,000 ($500,000 x 6% = $30,000) and $90,000 ($1,500,000 x 6% = $90,000) respectively.  Company B is subject to the $50,000 tax threshold for the February purchases. The tax which did not exceed the threshold amount is not eligible for exemption or refund.


References:
Ch. 98-252, L.O.F.
s. 212.08(5)(b), F.S.

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