Comments Needed on DOR Repair Parts Proposed Rule
On August 8 the Florida Department of Revenue will conduct a public workshop on proposed changes to
their rules on the sales tax exemption for manufacturing repair parts. MAF will be in attendance but we
need your input so we know what comments you would like to make. We also encourage you to attend
if this is important to you.
In talking to Jeff Soff, DOR, the reason for the rule change is to curb the abuse of the exemption. In
DOR’s opinion, manufacturers have been claiming the exemption for repair parts when they were really
using consumables. DOR would like to now make the distinction between parts and consumables.
Further, they are establishing an exemption certificate by rule for the first time for this exemption. By
using the certificate you can show it to the seller and not have to pay the tax up front. This was practice
but not backed up by law. Also, they have surveyed the other states and can share what other states are
doing regarding this exemption. Finally, DOR wants your input because if they have classified certain
parts as consumables and they are really repair parts they want you to let them know that.
The public workshop is at DOR on August 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1220, Building One, 2450
Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL. MAF would like your comments by Friday, August 3. DOR will
take comments after the hearing as well. The hearing will be a great opportunity to discuss the matter
and make sure that parts are parts and consumables are consumables!!! If anyone would like to
volunteer to attend or help us draft comments, we would appreciate it!! All the materials were sent to
MAF members on July 27.
Accepting Sponsors and Exhibitors for MAF Summit
We are now accepting sponsors and exhibitors for the MAF Summit and Marketplace, December 6-7,
2012 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel. Forms for both are attached or you may sign up
online at www.mafmfg.com. We encourage you to invite your suppliers to exhibit. We want to make
this the premier networking opportunity for Florida manufacturers. Feel free to forward the forms to
Grant Awarded UF for Starting Technology Companies
The University of Florida has received a federal five-year grant to promote the formation of technology
startup companies based on university research discoveries. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s
Economic Development Administration awarded $645,000, matched by the university over the next five
years, to UF Tech Connect which assists in commercializing university research discoveries by helping
create startup companies. During the last fiscal year, UF Tech Connect client companies created 230
new jobs and generated $180 million in private investment. The grant will allow the program to
continue this work. In the past UF Tech Connect has helped launch more than 140 startup companies,
garnering more than $800 million in private investment and creating more than 1,200 jobs.