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TAX: Sales and Use Tax


ISSUE: Admissions

STATUTE CITE(S): Section(s) 212.02(1) and 212.04, F.S.

RULE CITE(S): Rule 12A-1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C.

QUESTION: Are certain mandatory assessment payments made by members of a homeowners’ association to the homeowners’ association subject to the sales tax on admissions when the payments are made as a condition to ownership of real property governed by the association, and the club facilities are common areas owned by the association?

ANSWER: No, so long as the criteria provided by Rule 12A-1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C., are satisfied. Mandatory assessments paid by homeowners’ association members to the homeowners’ association that are required to be paid as a condition to ownership or occupancy of real property, and are paid for maintenance of club facilities, are part of the common areas owned by the association, and are for the use of all members are not subject to the sales tax imposed by s. 212.04, F.S. The optional payments made by the members regarding use of facilities are subject to sales tax.

May 2, 2019


Subject: Technical Assistance Advisement (“TAA”)

TAA 19A-012

AMS#: 70000170605

Sales and Use Tax-Admissions

Sections 212.02 and 212.04, Florida Statutes (“F.S.”)

Rule 12A-1.005(4), Florida Administrative Code (“F.A.C.”)

XXXXXXX (“Petitioner”)(“Club”)

Business Partner Number: XXXXXX FEIN: XX-XXXXXXX

XXXXXXXX (“Association:) Business Partner Number: XXXXXX FEIN: XX-XXXXXXX

XXXXXXXX (“Community”)


This letter is a response to your petition dated February 27, 2019, for the Department’s

issuance of a Technical Assistance Advisement (“TAA”) to Petitioner, regarding Association’s assessments. Your petition has been carefully examined, and the Department finds it to be in compliance with the requisite criteria set forth in Rule Chapter 12-11, F.A.C. This response to your request constitutes a TAA and is issued to you under the authority of section 213.22, F.S.


Club and Association conduct operations in Community in XXXXXX County. Club is a member- owned corporation that currently owns, operate, and maintains certain recreational facilities, including but not limited to golf, tennis, and fitness facilities. Club has XXXX members, of which X members are not members of Association. Club has XXXX members who own residential properties in Community. Association is a Florida not-for-profit corporation governed by Chapter 617, Florida Statutes (“F.S.”). Association is a master association governed by Chapter 720, Florida Statutes (“F.S.”), regarding property and homeowners’ associations.

Club and Association will merge on XXXXXXX XXX. Association will be the surviving entity, and all of Club’s currently owned property, including recreational property, such as the golf, tennis, and fitness facilities, will be common areas owned by Association. After the merger, Association will consist of only equity owners. After the merger, Association may also offer non-resident equity memberships; however, all other Association members are Community residential owners.

Association will have three primary types of Association memberships (XXXXX, XXXXX, and XXXXX). These membership types will provide the members rights to use all common areas, including the recreational facilities. XXXXXX and XXXXX members will have additional rights to use the golf facilities. XXXXX and XXXXX members will be required to pay an additional annual assessment amount in addition to the assessment amount paid by XXXXX members. After the merger, all Association members will be required to be at least a XXXXX member in Association.

Association will have a few Grandfathered members. The Grandfathered members are currently Club social members who are also Community unit owners. The current Club membership provides only limited use rights with all Club recreational facilities. After the merger, Grandfathered members will have only limited use rights in the recreational facilities obtained by Association from Club. These rights will not exceed that of XXXXX members.

When the Grandfathered members sell their residential property, the new owner will be required to obtain a XXXXX membership, XXXXX membership, or XXXXX membership.

After the merger, Association will require Association members to pay annual assessments to fund all costs incurred by Association in connection with the common areas, and residential facilities obtained by Association. Each member will be required to pay for their assessment based on a proration of the overall cost associated with the residential membership level.

Additional assessments may be made to XXXXX, XXXXX, and XXXXX members for the maintenance and operation of recreational facilities, and for capital improvements.

Taxpayer would like guidance regarding the taxation of the initiation fees, capital contributions, and annual and other assessments to XXXXX, XXXXX, and XXXXX members.

Law and Discussion

Section 212.04, F.S., provides that sales tax must be collected by an admission provider on the sales price or amount received from the sale of admissions. Section 212.02(1), F.S., provides that dues and fees payments to a private club or membership club are admissions. Rule 12A- 1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C., provides the following:

Fees paid to private clubs or membership clubs that do not entitle the payor to the use of the club’s recreational or physical fitness facilities are not subject to tax. Examples of such fees are:


3. Mandatory dues and fees paid to a condominium association, homeowners’ association, or cooperative association when they are required to be paid as a condition of ownership or occupancy of real property and the club facilities are part of the common elements or common areas of the real property.

As required by the Rule, the payments by members must be made to a condominium

association, homeowners’ association, or a cooperative association. These types of associations are defined by ss. 718.103(2), 719.103(2), and 720.103(2), F.S. The association that receives the assessment payment must be licensed by DBPR as the association type claimed when the association is seeking the Rule exemption. The petition provides that Association is governed by s. 720.301(9), F.S., which provides, in part, the following:

(9) “Homeowners’ association” or “association” means a Florida corporation responsible for the operation of a community or a mobile home subdivision in which the voting membership is made up of parcel owners or their agents, or a combination thereof, and in which membership is a mandatory condition of parcel ownership, and which is authorized to impose assessments that, if unpaid, may become a lien on the parcel….

After the merger is consummated, if Association is licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) as a homeowners’ association, then Association will qualify as a homeowners’ association pursuant to Rule 12A-1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C. As provided by Rule 12A- 1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C., mandatory dues and fees paid by members to Association will not be subject to sales tax so long as the payments are made as a condition of ownership of the residential property, and the club facilities are Association common areas of the residential property owned by the member. The exemption provided by the Rule does not apply to optional amounts paid, such as the additional amounts paid by an XXXXX or XXXXX member compared to the amount paid by a XXXXX member. The assessment, dues, or fees paid by a member who is not a resident of Community are taxable admissions because the payments are not made as a condition of ownership in a unit governed by Association.


If Association is licensed by DBPR as a homeowners’ association at the time of the merger, then Association qualifies as a homeowners’ association as required by Rule 12A-1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C Then, the annual assessments paid by all XXXXX members satisfy the criteria established by Rule 12A-1.005(4)(d)3., F.A.C., because the payments by the members will be mandatory, and as a condition of homeownership use of common areas including facilities previously owned by Club. The annual assessment amounts paid by XXXXX and XXXXX members in excess of the annual assessment amount paid by XXXXX members are optional, and therefore subject to sales tax. This is because the criteria that the payment of the assessment must be mandatory is not satisfied because the members made the option of upgrading the membership. The amounts paid by members or guests to use the golf, tennis, and other facilities, are subject to sales tax.

They are not mandatory charges based on ownership in property in Community.

Rules 12A-1.005(4)(a)1.a., and (4)(a)2.d., F.A.C., provide that initiation dues, capital contributions, and capital assessments paid by equity members will not be subject to sales tax. The request did not provide any information regarding particular capital assessments and capital contribution. The sales tax will not apply only if the criteria of 12A-1.005(4), F.A.C., are satisfied.

This response constitutes a Technical Assistance Advisement under section 213.22, F.S., which is binding on the Department only under the facts and circumstances described in the request for this advice, as specified in section 213.22, F.S. Our response is predicated on those facts and the specific situation summarized above. You are advised that subsequent statutory or administrative rule changes, or judicial interpretations of the statutes or rules, upon which this advice is based, may subject similar future transactions to a different treatment than expressed in this response.

You are further advised that this response, your request and related backup documents are public records under Chapter 119, F.S., and are subject to disclosure to the public under the conditions of section 213.22, F.S. Confidential information must be deleted before public disclosure. In an effort to protect confidentiality, we request you provide the undersigned with an edited copy of your request for Technical Assistance Advisement, the backup material and this response, deleting names, addresses and any other details which might lead to identification of the taxpayer.

Your response should be received by the Department within 10 days of the date of this letter. Respectfully,

Chuck Wallace

Chuck Wallace

Technical Assistance & Dispute Resolution (850) 717-7541

AMS #: 7000170605

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