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Florida Communication Services Tax
Registration as a dealer for the Communications Services Tax, oftern referred to as the CST, is required from any company which sells communication, cable, direct-to-home satellite, or similar services. Communication services such as pagers and beepers, mobile communications, cable television, private line services, telephone charges by a motel or hotel and local, long distance, or toll telephone services are all subject to this tax. There are various rates which apply to different communication services and this tax is made up of a Florida state tax plus local communications services taxes. The local charges vary from area to area and get even more complicated when the "communication" is across state lines or international. A knowledgeable Florida tax lawyer from the Law Offices of Moffa, Gainor, & Sutton, P.A. can assist you in working out which tax rate applies to you.
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Exemption from the Communication Services Tax
It is important for communications services dealers to know who they should not be collecting taxes from. The list includes sales to religious, educational organizations and homes for the aged with a 501 (c) (3) I.R.C. status. Also exempt are sales for resale and sales made to any federal agency, the state, a county, municipality, or other political subdivision. There is also a partial exemption for specific residential services.
Regulations governing the Communications Services Tax can be complex and are detailed. It is not hard to run into trouble and, in certain situations, difficult to get out of trouble. That is where we apply our experience to your benefit.
To learn about the communication services tax and how it can be correctly managed, contact a Florida tax attorneyfor help.