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Question DetailsAsked on 9/15/2014

For a kitchen remodeling project, should I pay sales tax for labor and material?

W are hireing a company to refinish our kitchen cabinets. The offer is an all in quote (material and labor) plus sales tax on top. Do I need to pay sales tax in Florida?

On the other hand, the granit countertop company doesnt charge seperate sales tax. In both cases, we buy materials plus labor. The roof company didnt charge us tax either.

Thanks for your experience and for helping us when and how sales tax applies.

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In many states it depends if materials are called out separately or lumped in.

Here is a Florida Department of Revenue explanation which should clarify it for you -

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Real property improvement contracts are outside the scope of Florida sales tax. The contractor should be paying sales tax on all the materials used and any off site fabrication labor, but there should not be a seperate charge for sales tax to the customer buying installed kitchen cabinets, countertops, and flooring. The contractor will build in the cost of sales tax into his/her bid - but you should not see if as a line item based on the total price of the project.

James Sutton, CPA, Esq.

Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, PA


Answered 3 years ago by jayhsutton

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