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The Florida Statutes

The 2004 Florida Statutes

Title XIV
TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 199
INTANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES
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Section 199.185, Florida Statutes 2004

199.185  Property exempted from annual and nonrecurring taxes.--

(1)  The following intangible personal property shall be exempt from the annual and nonrecurring taxes imposed by this chapter:

(a)  Money.

(b)  Franchises.

(c)  Any interest as a partner in a partnership, either general or limited, other than any interest as a limited partner in a limited partnership registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

(d)  Notes, bonds, and other obligations issued by the State of Florida or its municipalities, counties, and other taxing districts, or by the United States Government and its agencies.

(e)  Intangible personal property held in trust pursuant to any stock bonus, pension, or profit-sharing plan or any individual retirement account which is qualified under s. 530, s. 401, s. 408, or s. 408A of the United States Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. ss. 530, 401, 408, and 408A, as amended.

(f)  Intangible personal property held under a retirement plan of a Florida-based corporation exempt from federal income tax under s. 501(c)(6) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C., if the primary purpose of the corporation is to support the promotion of professional sports and the retirement plan is either a qualified plan under s. 457 of the United States Internal Revenue Code or the contributions to the plan, pursuant to a ruling by the United States Internal Revenue Service, are not taxable to plan participants until actual receipt or withdrawal by the participant.

(g)  Notes and other obligations, except bonds, to the extent that such notes and obligations are secured by mortgage, deed of trust, or other lien upon real property situated outside the state.

(h)  The assets of a corporation registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. s. 80a-1-52, as amended.

(i)  All intangible personal property issued in or arising out of any international banking transaction and owned by a banking organization.

(j)  Units of a unit investment trust and shares or units of, or other undivided interest in, a business trust organized under an agreement, indenture, or declaration of trust and registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, shall be exempt if at least 90 percent of the net asset value of the portfolio of assets corresponding to such shares, units, or undivided interests is invested in assets that are exempt from the tax imposed by s. 199.032.

(k)  Interests in real estate securitizations, including, but not limited to, real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMIC) and financial asset securitization trusts (FASITS), which are directly or indirectly secured by or payable from notes and obligations that are in turn secured solely by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other lien upon real property situated in or outside the state, including, but not limited to, mortgage pools, participations, and derivatives.

(l)  All accounts receivable arising or acquired in the ordinary course of a trade or business which are owned, controlled, or managed by a taxpayer. This exemption does not apply to accounts receivable that arise outside the taxpayer's ordinary course of trade or business. For the purposes of this chapter, the term "accounts receivable" means a business debt that is owed by another to the taxpayer or the taxpayer's assignee in the ordinary course of trade or business and is not supported by negotiable instruments. Accounts receivable include, but are not limited to, credit card receivables, charge card receivables, credit receivables, margin receivables, inventory or other floor plan financing, lease payments past due, conditional sales contracts, retail installment sales agreements, financing lease contracts, and a claim against a debtor usually arising from sales or services rendered and which is not necessarily due or past due. The examples specified in this paragraph shall be deemed not to be supported by negotiable instruments. The term "negotiable instrument" means a written document that is legally capable of being transferred by indorsement or delivery. The term "indorsement" means the act of a payee or holder in writing his or her name on the back of an instrument without further qualifying words other than "pay to the order of" or "pay to" whereby the property is assigned and transferred to another.

(m)  Stock options granted to employees by their employer pursuant to an incentive plan, if the employees cannot transfer, sell, or mortgage the options. Stock purchased by an employee from an employer pursuant to an incentive plan shall be treated as a nontaxable stock option if part of the purchase price of the stock is nonrecourse debt secured by the stock and the stock cannot be sold, transferred, or assigned by the employee until the nonrecourse debt is discharged. Such stock becomes taxable stock when it can be sold, transferred, or assigned by the employee.

1(n)1.  A leasehold estate in governmental property where the lessee is required to furnish space on the leasehold estate for public use by governmental agencies at no charge to the governmental agencies.

2.  The provisions of this exemption shall apply retroactively. However, notwithstanding the retroactivity of the exemption, it does not reopen a closed period of nonclaim under s. 215.26 or any other statute or extend the period of nonclaim under s. 215.26 or any other statute.

(2)  Every natural person is entitled each year to an exemption of the first $250,000 of the value of property otherwise subject to the annual tax. A husband and wife filing jointly shall have an exemption of $500,000. Every taxpayer that is not a natural person is entitled each year to an exemption of the first $250,000 of the value of property otherwise subject to the tax. Agents and fiduciaries, other than guardians and custodians under a gifts-to-minors act, filing as such may not claim this exemption on behalf of their principals or beneficiaries; however, if the principal or beneficiary returns the property held by the agent or fiduciary and is a natural person, the principal or beneficiary may claim the exemption. No taxpayer shall be entitled to more than one exemption under this subsection. This exemption shall not apply to that intangible personal property described in s. 199.023(1)(d).

(3)  Every natural person who is a widow or widower, or who is blind, or who is totally and permanently disabled, is entitled each year to an additional exemption of $500 of property otherwise subject to the annual or nonrecurring tax. This exemption is afforded by s. 3, Art. VII of the State Constitution and is available only to the extent not used against real property or tangible personal property taxes.

(4)  Charitable trusts, 95 percent of the income of which is paid to organizations exempt from federal income tax pursuant to s. 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, shall be exempt from the tax imposed in s. 199.032.

(5)  Those organizations defined in s. 220.62(1), (2), (3), or (4) are exempt from the tax imposed by s. 199.032.

(6)  Every liquor distributor that is domiciled in this state, that is authorized to do business under the Beverage Law, and that has paid the license taxes required by s. 565.03(2) is exempt from paying tax on accounts receivable owned by the taxpayer which are derived from, arise out of, or are issued in connection with a sale of alcoholic beverages transacted in another state with a customer in another state.

(7)  A national bank that has its principal place of business in another state, processes credit card credit applications in this state or performs customer service or collection operations in this state, and is not a bank under 12 U.S.C. s. 1941(c)(2)(F), is exempt from paying tax on credit card receivables owed to the bank by a credit card holder domiciled outside this state.

(8)  Every insurer, as defined in s. 624.03, whether the insurer is authorized or unauthorized as defined in s. 624.09, is exempt from the tax imposed by s. 199.032.

History.--s. 17, ch. 85-342; s. 41, ch. 87-224; s. 7, ch. 87-316; s. 4, ch. 90-132; s. 2, ch. 92-319; s. 4, ch. 94-353; s. 1, ch. 96-283; s. 13, ch. 96-320; s. 1, ch. 97-191; s. 6, ch. 98-132; s. 5, ch. 99-242; ss. 2, 3, ch. 99-274; s. 7, ch. 2000-173; ss. 5, 11, ch. 2000-312; s. 1, ch. 2001-225; ss. 1, 2, ch. 2001-371.

1Note.--Section 11, ch. 2000-312, provides that "[t]he provisions of this act shall be reviewed by the Legislature prior to October 1, 2005, and shall be repealed on that date unless otherwise reenacted by the Legislature."

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