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What is the Florida Sales Tax?

Updated for 2017, the General Sales Tax Rate for the State of Florida is 6%. Each county has the option to add a discretionary sales tax surcharge – which is added to the general Florida sales tax rate.The Central Florida area generally consists of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Polk Counties. All of these counties, with the exception of Seminole County have included a discretionary sales tax surcharge. Within these five counties you will find 3 different sales tax rates:

Seminole County 7.00%
Orange County 6.50%
Osceola County 7.50%
Lake County 7.00%
Polk County 7.00%

For most of us that .5 % difference in sales tax goes unnoticed for most purchases. Actually when I ask around, very few people are unaware of what sales tax rate they pay for purchases and services. So, I started thinking, would it be worth it to drive to another county to purchase big ticket items?How much would  the .5% tax savings in Orange County benefit those in nearby counties?

A TV priced at $500 in Lake County would pay tax of $35.00 ($500 x .07 = $35.00) compared to a TV purchased in Orange County where the tax would be $32.50 ($500 x .065 = $32.50).

So on a large priced item the savings would only be $2.50 – certainly not worth the money to drive to another area.

SALES TAX ON A CAR:

When it comes to an item that is delivered or registered to someone, it doesn’t matter which county you purchase the item in, because you will pay the tax rates (general plus discretionary) for the county that the vehicle will be titled in or the item is delivered to. Basically will pay the taxes for the county that you live in. The Florida DMV offers tips on buying new cars and buying used cars.

FLORIDA SALES TAX AMOUNTS:

Within the State of Florida, there are several counties that only charge the General Tax Rate. Several counties charge an additional discretionary surtax – anywhere from .5% to 2%. Tax rates in the State of Florida including the date that the tax is to be enforced until are listed below. This list is current as of June 2017:

  • Alachua 6.50%
  • Baker 7.00%
  • Bay 7.00%
  • Bradford 7.00%
  • Brevard 7.00%
  • Broward 6.00%
  • Calhoun 7.50%
  • Charlotte 7.00%
  • Citrus 6.00%
  • Clay 7.00%
  • Collier 6.00%
  • Columbia 7.00%
  • De Soto 7.50%
  • Dixie 7.00%
  • Duval 7.00%
  • Escambia 7.50
  • Flagler 7.00
  • Franklin 7.00%
  • Gadsden 7.50%
  • Gilchrist 7.00%
  • Glades 7.00%
  • Gulf 7.00%
  • Hamilton 7.00%
  • Hardee 7.00%
  • Hendry 7.00%
  • Hernando 6.50%
  • Highlands 7.50%
  • Hillsborough 7.00%
  • Holmes 7.00%
  • Indian River 7.00%
  • Jackson 7.50%
  • Jefferson 7.00%
  • Lafayette 7.00%
  • Lake 7.00%
  • Lee 6.00%
  • Leon 7.50%
  • Levy 7.00%
  • Liberty 8.00%
  • Madison 7.50%
  • Manatee 7.00%
  • Marion 7.00%
  • Martin 6.00%
  • Miami-Dade 7.00%
  • Monroe 7.50%
  • Nassau 7.00%
  • Okaloosa 6.00%
  • Okeechobee 7.00%
  • Orange 6.50%
  • Osceola 7.50%
  • Palm Beach 7.00%
  • Pasco 7.00%
  • Pinellas 7.00%
  • Polk 7.00%
  • Putnam 7.00%
  • St. Johns 6.50%
  • St. Lucie 6.50%
  • Santa Rosa 7.00%
  • Sarasota 7.00%
  • Seminole 7.00%
  • Sumter 7.00%
  • Suwannee 7.00
  • Taylor 7.00%
  • Union 7.00%
  • Volusia 6.50%
  • Wakulla 7.00%
  • Walton 7.00%
  • Washington 7.00%

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