If you are an eCommerce business looking into selling within the Sunshine State you might just need a sales tax permit. We dug deep to find the information directly from the Florida Department of Revenue to make your life a little easier. The following guide will tell you if you need a permit, and walk you through how to get one. Check it out!
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1) Do I have to pay sales tax in Florida?
You must pay sales tax in Florida if you have nexus. Wondering what nexus is? It means that you have enough of a presence within a state to be obligated to pay sales tax from that state. If you have questions about whether or not you owe sales tax or just nexus in general, check out this guide!
2) Do I need a sales tax permit in Florida?
If your business is engaged in any activities associated with tax or fee:
- Sales, lease, license, repairs or alteration of tangible personal property
- FBA sellers: If you have goods in a Florida warehouse you have nexus, and you will definitely need a permit. So keep reading!
3) How can I make this as painless as possible?
Have the following information ready:
- Legal entity type (Sole proprietor, Partnership, LLC, LLP, Corporation, etc.),
- Legal name of entity,
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN),
- Date of organization, fiscal year end, charter number,
- Owner/office name(s),
- Owner’s Social Security Number (SSN),
- Physical address of business location,
- Owner’s address,
- Owner’s telephone number, and
- Signature of owner/officer.
4) How do I register for this permit?
- Register online
- Register by paper
5) How much does this permit cost?
- Online registration is free! (Woohoo!)
- There is a $5 sales tax paper registration fee for business locations or rental properties located in Florida. It must be a check or money order, no cash.
6) When will I receive the permit?
It takes between 7 to 10 days to receive your permit.
7) When will I need to renew?
- There is no renewal necessary unless your account has been previously canceled or has been inactive for over 1 year.
- You must notify the department if your address changes, your business entity or activity changes, you open additional locations, or you close your business.
Hope this was helpful. Looking to get registered in more states? Check out our state resource page!
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