The Department is creating a new rule to implement the Hope Scholarship Program. The new rule will provide guidance on how a contribution can be made to the Program; how dealers are to remit and report contributions; how organizations that receive ...  

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    DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

    Sales and Use Tax

    RULE NOS.:RULE TITLES:

    12A-1.097Public Use Forms

    12A-1.110Hope Scholarship Program

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The Department is creating a new rule to implement the Hope Scholarship Program. The new rule will provide guidance on how a contribution can be made to the Program; how dealers are to remit and report contributions; how organizations that receive contributions are to report those monies to the Department, as required by statute; and the incorporation of forms to be used in the program. Forms to be used in the program will be incorporated in Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C.

    SUMMARY: The amendment of Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C., is necessary to adopt three forms to be used in the implementation of the Hope Scholarship Program.

    The creation of Rule 12A-1.110, F.A.C., is necessary to implement ss. 212.1832 and 1002.40(13), F.S., which establish the Hope Scholarship Program.

    SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS AND LEGISLATIVE RATIFICATION:

    The Agency has determined that this will not have an adverse impact on small business or likely increase directly or indirectly regulatory costs in excess of $200,000 in the aggregate within one year after the implementation of the rule. A SERC has not been prepared by the Agency.

    The Agency has determined that the proposed rule is not expected to require legislative ratification based on the statement of estimated regulatory costs or if no SERC is required, the information expressly relied upon and described herein: 1) no requirement for the Statement of Economic Regulatory Costs (SERC) was triggered under Section 120.541(1), F.S.; and 2) based on past experiences regarding rules of this nature, the adverse impact or regulatory cost, if any, do not exceed nor would exceed any one of the economic analysis criteria in a SERC, as set forth in Section 120.541(2)(a), F.S.

    Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.

    RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 201.11, 202.17(3)(a), 202.22(6), 202.26(3), 212.0515(7), 212.07(1)(b), 212.08(5)(b)4., (n)4., (o)4., (7), 212.11(5)(b), 212.12(1)(a)2., 212.17(6), 212.18(2), (3), 212.183, 213.06(1), 288.1258(4)(c), 376.70(6)(b), 376.75(9)(b), 403.718(3)(b), 403.7185(3)(b), 443.171(2), (7), 1002.40(16),

    LAW IMPLEMENTED: 95.091, 119.071(5), 125.0104, 125.0108, 201.01, 201.08(1)(a), 201.133, 202.11(2), (3), (6), (16), (24), 202.17, 202.22(3)-(6), 202.28(1), 203.01, 212.02, 212.03, 212.0305, 212.031, 212.04, 212.05, 212.0501, 212.0515, 212.054, 212.055, 212.06, 212.0606, 212.07(1), (8), (9), 212.08, 212.084(3), 212.085, 212.09, 212.096, 212.11(1), (4), (5), 212.12(1), (2), (9), (13), 212.13, 212.14(2), (4), (5), 212.17, 212.18(2), (3), 212.183, 212.1832, 213.235, 213.29, 213.37, 213.755, 215.26(6), 219.07, 288.1258, 290.00677, 365.172(9), 376.70, 376.75, 403.717, 403.718, 403.7185, 443.036, 443.121(1), (3), 443.131, 443.1315, 443.1316, 443.171(2), (7), 1002.40(1), (13), FS.

    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW (IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):

    DATE AND TIME: August 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

    PLACE: 2450 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Building One, Room 1220, Tallahassee, Florida.

    Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Tonya Fulford at (850)717-6799. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: : Danielle Boudreaux, Technical Assistance and Dispute Resolution, Department of Revenue, PO Box 7443, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-7443, telephone (850)717-7082, email RuleComments@floridarevenue.com.

     

    THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:

     

    12A-1.097 Public Use Forms.

    (1) No change

    Form Number

    Title

    Effective Date

    (2) through (22)

    No change

     

    (23)(a) DR-HS1

    Hope Scholarship Program – Contribution Election

    (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-        )

    XX/XX

    (b) DR-HS2

    Hope Scholarship Program – Dealer Contribution Collection Report

    (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-        )

    XX/XX

    (c) DR-HS3

    Hope Scholarship Program – Contributions Received by an Eligible Nonprofit Scholarship-Funding Organization

    (http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-        )

    XX/XX

    Rulemaking Authority 201.11, 202.17(3)(a), 202.22(6), 202.26(3), 212.0515(7), 212.07(1)(b), 212.08(5)(b)4., (n)4., (o)4., (7), 212.11(5)(b), 212.12(1)(a)2., 212.17(6), 212.18(2), (3), 212.183, 213.06(1), 288.1258(4)(c), 376.70(6)(b), 376.75(9)(b), 403.718(3)(b), 403.7185(3)(b), 443.171(2), (7), 1002.40(16), FS. Law Implemented 92.525(1)(b), (3), 95.091, 119.071(5), 125.0104, 125.0108, 201.01, 201.08(1)(a), 201.133, 202.11(2), (3), (6), (16), (24), 202.17, 202.22(3)-(6), 202.28(1), 203.01, 212.02, 212.03, 212.0305, 212.031, 212.04, 212.05, 212.0501, 212.0515, 212.054, 212.055, 212.06, 212.0606, 212.07(1), (8), (9), 212.08, 212.084(3), 212.085, 212.09, 212.096, 212.11(1), (4), (5), 212.12(1), (2), (9), (13), 212.13, 212.14(2), (4), (5), 212.17, 212.18(2), (3), 212.183, 213.1832, 213.235, 213.29, 213.37, 213.755, 215.26(6), 219.07, 288.1258, 290.00677, 365.172(9), 376.70, 376.75, 403.717, 403.718, 403.7185, 443.036, 443.121(1), (3), 443.131, 443.1315, 443.1316, 443.171(2), (7), 1002.40(1), (13), FS. History–New 4-12-84, Formerly 12A-1.97, Amended 8-10-92, 11-30-97, 7-1-99, 4-2-00, 6-28-00, 6-19-01, 10-2-01, 10-21-01, 8-1-02, 4-17-03, 5-4-03, 6-12-03, 10-1-03, 9-28-04, 6-28-05, 5-1-06, 4-5-07, 1-1-08, 4-1-08, 6-4-08, 1-27-09, 9-1-09, 11-3-09, 1-11-10, 4-26-10, 6-28-10, 7-12-10, 1-12-11, 1-25-12, 1-17-13, 5-9-13, 1-20-14, 1-19-15, 1-11-16, 4-5-16, 1-10-17, 2-9-17, 1-17-18, 4-16-18, 1-8-19,_____.

     

    12A-1.110 Hope Scholarship Program.

    (1) Definitions. For purpose of this rule, the following terms mean:

    (a) “Contribution” means a monetary contribution from a person purchasing a motor vehicle from a dealer, or registering a motor vehicle purchased from someone other than a dealer, to an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization as provided under the Hope Scholarship Program.

    (b) “Department” means the Florida Department of Revenue.

    (c) “Eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization” or “organization” has the same meaning as provided in s. 1002.40(2)(e), F.S.

    (d) “Motor vehicle” has the same meaning as provided in s. 1002.40(2)(g), F.S.

    (e) “Program” means the Hope Scholarship Program under s. 1002.40, F.S.

    (2) Contributing to the Program.

    (a) Any person, including persons who are not Florida residents, purchasing a motor vehicle from a dealer or registering a motor vehicle purchased from someone other than a dealer may designate the lesser of $105 or the amount of state sales tax due to the Program. An eligible contribution must be accompanied by Hope Scholarship Program – Contribution Election (Form DR-HS1, incorporated by reference in Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C.).

    (b) Dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents shall provide the purchaser the contribution election form (Form DR-HS1) at the time of purchase of a motor vehicle or at the time of registration of a motor vehicle that was not purchased from a Florida dealer. Vehicle purchasers and registrants are not required to complete Form DR-HS1, and dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents are not required to retain Form DR-HS1, if the purchaser or registrant chooses not to make a contribution.

    (c) Dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents may, but are not required to, separately state a contribution on a sales invoice or other evidence of the motor vehicle sale, purchase, or registration.

    (d) A contribution may not be made for any of the following:

    1. Any tax other than the state sales tax imposed by s. 212.05, F.S.

    2. Any tax due on a warranty or other taxable item sold in conjunction with a motor vehicle.

    3. Any tax due on the lease or rental of a motor vehicle.

    (3) Reporting contributions.

    (a) Dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents who receive contributions must remit those contributions to the applicable organization. Contributions must be reported to both the organization and the Department using Hope Scholarship Program – Dealer Contribution Collection Report (Form DR-HS2, incorporated by reference in Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C.) no later than the date returns filed under s. 212.11, F.S., are due for the period in which the contributions are received. The fastest and easiest way to submit the Hope Scholarship Program – Dealer Contribution Collection Report to the Department is online at www.floridarevenue.com/taxes/sfo. Dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents may also report by using a paper report made available on the Department’s website.

    (b) If an organization has a web application used for collecting contributions, dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents may use the web application instead of submitting Form DR-HS2. The organization must collect, at a minimum, the same information required on Form DR-HS2.

    (c) Any dealer, designated agent, or private tag agent required to file Form DR-HS2 who fails to do so may be subject to penalty as prescribed by s. 1002.40(13)(g), F.S. A dealer, designated agent, or private tag agent may also be subject to penalty if it is later discovered that contributions were received but not reported, even if such contributions were paid over to an organization.

    (d) Dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents who receive contributions must separately report them on their sales and use tax returns. The total amount of sales tax that would otherwise be due must be included in the amount of tax reported on the tax return. Contributions must be reported both in total deductions claimed and separately as program credit on the appropriate line of the return. Contributions may not be netted against the tax otherwise due on the return.

    (4) Reporting of contributions by eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organizations.

    (a) Each organization is required to report to the Department the contributions received during each calendar month using Hope Scholarship Program – Contributions Received by an Eligible Nonprofit Scholarship-Funding Organization (Form DR-HS3, incorporated by reference in Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C.). The report is due to the Department on or before the 20th day of the month following the month of collection. If the 20th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or state or federal holiday, the report must be received on the first business day following the 20th.

    (b) The fastest and easiest way to complete the Hope Scholarship Program – Contributions Received by an Eligible Nonprofit Scholarship-Funding Organization is online at www.floridarevenue.com/taxes/sfo. Dealers, designated agents, and private tag agents may also report by using a paper report made available on the Department’s website.

    Rulemaking Authority s. 1002.40(16), F.S. Law Implemented 212.05, 212.1832, 1002.40(1), (13), FS. History–New_____.

     

    NAME OF PERSON ORIGINATING PROPOSED RULE: Tammy Miller

    NAME OF AGENCY HEAD WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED RULE: Governor and Cabinet

    DATE PROPOSED RULE APPROVED BY AGENCY HEAD: July 25, 2019

    DATE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT PUBLISHED IN FAR: October 31, 2018

Document Information

Comments Open:
7/26/2019
Summary:
The amendment of Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C., is necessary to adopt three forms to be used in the implementation of the Hope Scholarship Program. The creation of Rule 12A-1.110, F.A.C., is necessary to implement ss. 212.1832 and 1002.40(13), F.S., which establish the Hope Scholarship Program.
Purpose:
The Department is creating a new rule to implement the Hope Scholarship Program. The new rule will provide guidance on how a contribution can be made to the Program; how dealers are to remit and report contributions; how organizations that receive contributions are to report those monies to the Department, as required by statute; and the incorporation of forms to be used in the program. Forms to be used in the program will be incorporated in Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C.
Rulemaking Authority:
201.11, 202.17(3)(a), 202.22(6), 202.26(3), 212.0515(7), 212.07(1)(b), 212.08(5)(b)4., (n)4., (o)4., (7), 212.11(5)(b), 212.12(1)(a)2., 212.17(6), 212.18(2), (3), 212.183, 213.06(1), 288.1258(4)(c), 376.70(6)(b), 376.75(9)(b), 403.718(3)(b), 403.7185(3)(b), 443.171(2), (7), 1002.40(16),
Law:
: 92.525(1)(b), (3), 95.091, 119.071(5), 125.0104, 125.0108, 201.01, 201.08(1)(a), 201.133, 202.11(2), (3), (6), (16), (24), 202.17, 202.22(3)-(6), 202.28(1), 203.01, 212.02, 212.03, 212.0305, 212.031, 212.04, 212.05, 212.0501, 212.0515, 212.054, 212.055, 212.06, 212.0606, 212.07(1), (8), (9), 212.08, 212.084(3), 212.085, 212.09, 212.096, 212.11(1), (4), (5), 212.12(1), (2), (9), (13), 212.13, 212.14(2), (4), (5), 212.17, 212.18(2), (3), 212.183, 212.1832, 213.235, 213.29, 213.37, 213.755, 215....
Contact:
: Danielle Boudreaux, Technical Assistance and Dispute Resolution, Department of Revenue, PO Box 7443, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-7443, telephone 850-717-7082, email RuleComments@floridarevenue.com.
Related Rules: (2)
12A-1.097. Public Use Forms
12A-1.110.