Florida Sales Tax Exempt Certificate
Purchases of goods, services, rentals, and hotel room stays by the University are not subject to sales tax in the state of Florida. You can help conserve your department’s financial resources by providing vendors a sales tax exemption certificate before making a purchase.
This certificate is to be used for University business only. Under no circumstances is this certificate to be used for the personal benefit of any individual. It is a criminal offense to fraudulently present this certificate to evade the payment of sales tax.
Purchases must be made with University funds (e.g. purchase order, university check, credit card) in order be exempt from sales tax. Purchases made by an individual on behalf of the University are taxable, even if the individual will be reimbursed by the University.
Failure to follow these requirements shall result in discipline, which includes dismissal by the University of Miami. Violators are liable for the payment of sales tax, plus penalties, and may be subject to conviction of a third degree felony.
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Florida Sales Tax Rates
The sales tax rate for Miami-Dade county is currently 7%. This rate is comprised of two components – the State “base rate” of 6%, and the county’s “surtax rate” of 1%. Please see the links below for surtax rates by county as well a detailed explanation of surtaxes and their applicability.
Other States’ Sales Tax Exemption Certificates
If you department routinely does business in other states, contact the Controller’s Office for information regarding possible sales tax exemption for your purchases. At the current time the University enjoys sales tax exemption in the following states and jurisdictions:
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