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Which Documents Require Documentary Stamp Tax?

Documentary stamp tax is levied on documents as provided under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes. Documents subject to the tax include, but are not limited to:

  • Deeds
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Notes and written obligations to pay money
  • Mortgages, liens, and other evidences of indebtedness

Transfers or Sales - Recording Fee or Doc Stamps

The tax rate for documents that transfer or sale of an interest in real property is $.70 per $100 (or portion thereof) of the total consideration paid, or to be paid, for the transfer. An exception is Miami-Dade County, where the rate is $.60 per $100 (or portion thereof) when the property is a single-family residence. If the Miami-Dade property is anything other than a single-family residence, the tax rate is $.60 plus $.45 surtax per $100 (or portion thereof).  

State Tax - Notes and Other Written Obligations to Pay Money

The tax rate on a written obligation to pay money is $.35 for each $100 (or portion thereof) of the obligation evidenced by the document. This is typically paid by the Borrower. Tax is due on a document that contains a promise to pay a specific amount of money and is signed, executed, or delivered in Florida. Effective May 1, 2002, the maximum amount of documentary stamp tax due on unsecured notes or other written obligations is $2,450.

Examples include:

  • Demand notes
  • Term notes
  • Retail installment sale contracts
  • Leases with an unconditional promise to pay
  • Certain renewal notes
  • Title loans

STATE INTANGIBLE TAX: Mortgages, Liens, and Other Evidences of Indebtedness

Documentary state stamp tax is due on a mortgage, lien, or other evidence of indebtedness filed or recorded in Florida. The tax rate is $.002 per $1.00 (or portion thereof) and is based on the amount of the indebtedness or obligation secured, even if the indebtedness is contingent.

More information is available through State of Florida Tax Guide

 

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Page Updated: 07/31/2007

First Published: 2001


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