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Surcharge Calculation

The City will accept payment of the surcharge employing one of the techniques listed below to compute the surcharge and must be consistent in each surcharge-reporting period.

Technique A: Where total collections include the parking charge plus the Surcharge, the total collections are multiplied by the reciprocal Surcharge rate of .130435.

Technique B: The Surcharge total taken from the individual cash register tapes showing the parking fee, the Surcharge charged, the sales tax charged and the total collected; or individual Surcharge records for each ticket showing the complete transaction.

Technique C: Where individual Surcharge collection records are not kept for each ticket, fifteen percent (15%) of the entire parking fee paid by the customer will be collected.

Technique D: When gross amount includes sales tax and surcharge: 

Gross amount (divided) / by 1.070 (to subtract sales tax) = Remaining amount (divided) / by 1.15 (subtracting surcharge) = Final amount, (multiply) x by fifteen percent (15%).

What is the Parking Surcharge?

On March 10, 2011, the City Commission of the City of Miami amended the City of Miami Parking Surcharge Ordinance. The City of Miami Parking Surcharge Ordinance is imposed upon each User entering a parking transaction. The Parking Surcharge rate is 15% (fifteen percent). The Operator of the Parking Facility is responsible for the collection and transmittal of the Surcharge to the City of Miami Finance Department. The surcharge is applicable to all parking facilities, public or private, where there is a charge, fee or exchange for parking. It also applies to parking associated with valet service, events and parking validations.

What is the Purpose of the Surcharge?

The proceeds, up to the maximum 80% as stipulated in the legislation, will be used to reduce ad valorem (property) taxes and other non-ad valorem fees.

What Parking Revenue is Subject to the Surcharge?

The surcharge will be levied on the sale, lease, or rental of space at parking facilities including, but not limited to, daily, weekly, monthly, annually payments and is applied to the gross revenues derived from any charge, fee or exchange excluding sales tax. The surcharge does not apply to residential parking for tenants or residents, in apartments, condominiums, or co-operatives as defined in the Ordinance.

Who is Responsible for Paying the Surcharge?

Any individual, partnership, association, corporation, or other entity which owns, controls, conducts, leases, operates, or causes to be operated a Parking Facility which offers Parking accommodations for a Charge, Fee, or Exchange is responsible for paying the surcharge. The intent of this definition is to place the burden for collection of the surcharge on the owner of the facility in addition to the entity that operates the Facility if different from the owner.

Do I Pay Sales Tax on Top of Surcharge?

According to The Florida Department of Revenue, surcharge is subject to sales tax. Each entity is advised to check with their accountant. Click the following link to read the letter from the State of Florida Department of Revenue.

Where Are Payments to be Mailed?

City of Miami

PO Box 862634

Orlando, FL 32886-2634

How Can I Get More Information Regarding the Surcharge?

For more information regarding the parking surcharge, please contact the Complete Consulting Services Group at 305-573-4300.

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