What You Need to Know Before Starting a Business in the State of Florida

Congratulations on your decision to start a business in Florida. This article will review all the state/county agencies that should be contacted when starting (or expanding) a new business in Florida. These agencies are: The Florida Department of Revenue; The Florida Department of State Division of Corporations; The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and you local county tax collection agency.

 

The Florida Department of Revenue collects the major Florida taxes which are:

 

Communication Services

Corporate Income

Documentary Stamp

Estate

Fuels

Gross Receipts Tax on Utility Services

Insurance Premium

Motor Vehicle Warranty Fee (“Lemon Law Fee”)

Pollutants

Sales and Use

Secondhand Dealers and Secondary Metals Recyclers

Severance

Solid Waste Taxes and Fees

Unemployment

 

If your business includes any of these activities, or you are unsure if your business activity qualifies under any of these categories, you can find detailed information about each tax here: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/.

 

The Florida Department of State Division of Corporations registers corporations, partnerships, trademarks, fictitious names and liens for the state of Florida. If these business forms and activities apply to the structure of your company then you are required to register. Visit www.sunbiz.org for detailed information regarding registrations and procedures.

 

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issues various required licenses. Business activities that require licensing are:

 

Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Architects

Asbestos Contractors and Consultants

Athlete Agents

Auctioneers

Barbers

Boxing, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts

Building Code Administrators and Inspectors

Certified Public Accounting

Community Association Managers

Construction Industry

Cosmetology

Electrical and Alarm Contractors

Elevators and Other Conveyances, Technicians, Inspectors and Companies

Employee Leasing Companies

Geologists

Harbor Pilots

Hotels, Motels, Apartments and other lodging

Interior Design

Landscape Architecture

Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facilities

Real Estate

Restaurants, Take-outs Delivery, Caterers and Mobile Food Vendors

Talent Agencies

Veterinary Medicine

Yacht and Ship Brokers and Salespersons

 

If your business activity includes any of the above then you will need to apply for a license. If you would like further details, you can research each category here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/services.html.

 

County Tax Collection Agencies also may or may not require additional taxes or licensing for their county. There isn’t one general guideline for county requirements since each county has their own unique set of regulations and procedures. Some common taxes collected by the county are tourist development/bed tax, ad valorem taxes (property taxes), occupational license taxes and taxes instituted by special levying districts. For more information, visit this site to view a list of Florida’s tax collector centers and their contact information: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/taxcollectors.html.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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