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Title XIV
TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 211
TAX ON PRODUCTION OF OIL AND GAS AND SEVERANCE OF SOLID MINERALS
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F.S. 211.3103
211.3103 Levy of tax on severance of phosphate rock; rate, basis, and distribution of tax.
(1) There is hereby levied an excise tax upon each person engaging in the business of severing phosphate rock from the soils or waters of this state for commercial use. The tax shall be collected, administered, and enforced by the department.
(2) The tax rate shall be $1.61 per ton severed, except for the time period beginning January 1, 2015, until December 31, 2022, when the tax rate shall be $1.80 per ton severed.
(3) The excise tax levied by this section applies to the total production of the producer during the taxable year, measured on the basis of bone-dry tons produced at the point of severance.
(4) The excise tax levied on the severance of phosphate rock is in addition to any ad valorem taxes levied upon the separately assessed mineral interest in the real property upon which the site of severance is located, or any other tax, permit, or license fee imposed by the state or its political subdivisions.
(5) The tax levied by this section shall be collected in the manner prescribed in s. 211.33.
(6)(a) Beginning January 1, 2023, the proceeds of all taxes, interest, and penalties imposed under this section are exempt from the general revenue service charge provided in s. 215.20, and such proceeds shall be paid into the State Treasury as follows:
1. To the credit of the State Park Trust Fund, 25.5 percent.
2. To the credit of the General Revenue Fund of the state, 35.7 percent.
3. For payment to counties in proportion to the number of tons of phosphate rock produced from a phosphate rock matrix located within such political boundary, 12.8 percent. The department shall distribute this portion of the proceeds annually based on production information reported by the producers on the annual returns for the taxable year. Any such proceeds received by a county shall be used only for phosphate-related expenses.
4. For payment to counties that have been designated as a rural area of opportunity pursuant to s. 288.0656 in proportion to the number of tons of phosphate rock produced from a phosphate rock matrix located within such political boundary, 10.0 percent. The department shall distribute this portion of the proceeds annually based on production information reported by the producers on the annual returns for the taxable year. Payments under this subparagraph shall be made to the counties unless the Legislature by special act creates a local authority to promote and direct the economic development of the county. If such authority exists, payments shall be made to that authority.
5. To the credit of the Nonmandatory Land Reclamation Trust Fund, 6.2 percent.
6. To the credit of the Phosphate Research Trust Fund in the Division of Universities of the Department of Education, 6.2 percent.
7. To the credit of the Minerals Trust Fund, 3.6 percent.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), from July 1, 2015, until December 31, 2022, the proceeds of all taxes, interest, and penalties imposed under this section are exempt from the general revenue service charge provided in s. 215.20, and such proceeds shall be paid to the State Treasury as follows:
1. To the credit of the State Park Trust Fund, 22.8 percent.
2. To the credit of the General Revenue Fund of the state, 31.9 percent.
3. For payment to counties pursuant to subparagraph (a)3., 11.5 percent.
4. For payment to counties pursuant to subparagraph (a)4., 8.9 percent.
5. To the credit of the Nonmandatory Land Reclamation Trust Fund, 16.1 percent.
6. To the credit of the Phosphate Research Trust Fund in the Division of Universities of the Department of Education, 5.6 percent.
7. To the credit of the Minerals Trust Fund, 3.2 percent.
(c) For purposes of this section, “phosphate-related expenses” means those expenses that provide for infrastructure or services in support of the phosphate industry, including environmental education, reclamation or restoration of phosphate lands, maintenance and restoration of reclaimed lands and county-owned environmental lands which were formerly phosphate lands, community infrastructure on such reclaimed lands and county-owned environmental lands which were formerly phosphate lands, and similar expenses directly related to support of the industry.
History.s. 3, ch. 81-35; s. 1, ch. 82-184; s. 9, ch. 84-330; s. 6, ch. 87-96; s. 4, ch. 91-305; s. 3, ch. 91-420; s. 3, ch. 94-197; s. 10, ch. 96-321; s. 24, ch. 2000-170; s. 2, ch. 2000-176; s. 22, ch. 2000-317; s. 11, ch. 2002-218; s. 1, ch. 2003-423; s. 18, ch. 2007-106; s. 20, ch. 2007-217; s. 2, ch. 2008-150; s. 3, ch. 2010-166; s. 5, ch. 2012-32; s. 4, ch. 2013-92; s. 27, ch. 2014-218; s. 10, ch. 2015-229.