Florida: Sales Tax Handbook
How to get a Florida Business Tax License
In Florida, most businesses are required to have a sales tax permit. This means that, if you are considering opening a new business or are beginning to make sales in Florida for the first time, you will need to determine your business' permit requirements. The good news is that you can get a Florida Business Tax License and be ready to do business 3 business days after you submit your application. This guide will help you learn how!
Who needs a Florida Business Tax License?
Florida has a relatively complex of products and services that are subject to tax, including all retail sales operations. If your business engages in one or more of these taxable activities in Florida, you are required to have an active sales tax permit. Taxable activities include:
- Sales, leases, or licenses to use certain property or goods (tangible personal property).
- Sales and rentals/admissions, amusement machine receipts, or vending machine receipts for all taxable items.
- Repair or alteration of tangible personal property.
- Leases or licenses to use commercial real property (includes management companies).
- Rental of transient (six months or less) living or sleeping accommodations (includes management companies). A local tourist development tax (bed tax) may also apply. Contact the taxing authority in the county where the property is located.
- Sales or rental of self-propelled, power-drawn, or power-driven farm equipment.
- Sales of electric power or energy.
- Sales of prepaid phones, phone cards, or calling arrangements.
- Sales of commercial pest control services, nonresidential building cleaning services, commercial/residential burglary and security services, or detective services.
- Sales of secondhand goods. A secondhand dealer registration (Form DR-1S) may also be required.
Businesses with a taxable presence within Florida are considered to have sales tax nexus within the state. For more details on what constitutes a taxable presence, see sales tax nexus in Florida.
How to get a Florida Business Tax License:
You will be eligible to receive your sales tax certificate number online after three business days via the Florida Department of Revenue's Registration and Account Maintenance portal. There is a $5 fee if you elect to file via a paper form.
You need the following information to apply for a Florida Business Tax License:
Business name, physical address, contact information, and mailing address,
Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN),
Bank routing number and account information (if enrolling to file and pay tax electronically),
Name; Social Security Number (SSN); driver license number; address; and contact information of owner/sole proprietor; officers;
partners; managing members; and/or trustees,
Dates when business activities began or will begin,
Description of business activities,
Employment information (date of hire; number of employees; payroll amounts; payroll agent's PTIN; if applicable)
Florida Business Tax License Application Fee, Turnaround Time, and Renewal Info
You will need to pay an application fee when you apply for a Florida Business Tax License, and you will receive your permit 3 business days after filing your application.
Application Fee: FREE
Turnaround Time: 3 business days
Permit Renewals: No Renewals Needed
Apply For Your Florida Business Tax License Now:
Get Your Florida Business Tax License Online
You can easily acquire your Florida Business Tax License online using the Florida Department of Revenue website. If you have quetions about the online permit application process, you can contact the Department of Revenue via the sales tax permit hotline or by checking the permit info website .
Offline Florida Business Tax License Application Form
While generally slower than applying online, you can apply for a Florida Business Tax License for your business offline using Form DR-1, the "Business Tax Application". Form DR-1 can be downloaded from the Department of Revenue here .
Mail Completed Form DR-1 To:Account Management MS 1-5730
Florida Department of Revenue
5050 W Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0160
What's Next? Now that you know how to apply for your Florida Business Tax License, learn how to collect and remit the Florida sales tax.
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