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Doing Business in Florida — What Taxes Are Required?

If you are starting a business in Florida, you need to be aware of the taxes you may be required to collect and/or pay.

Sales and Use Tax

Sales tax applies to the sale, rental, lease, or license to use goods, certain services, and commercial property in Florida (unless the transaction is exempt). If your business will have taxable transactions, you must register with the Department of Revenue before you begin conducting business in Florida. Visit our sales tax page for an overview of the tax and industry-specific information.

Reemployment (formerly Unemployment) Tax

Reemployment assistance gives partial, temporary income to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, and are able and available for work. Employers pay for reemployment assistance through a tax administered by the Department of Revenue. Visit our reemployment tax page to find out if you are required to pay this tax. If your business meets the criteria, you must register with the Department.

Corporate Income Tax

Corporations and entities that do business, or earn or receive income in Florida, including out-of-state corporations, must file a Florida corporate income tax return (unless the business is exempt). Visit our corporate income tax page to find out if you need to file.

Other Taxes

Other taxes administered by the Department of Revenue include communications services, documentary stamp, fuel, gross receipts, insurance premium, pollutants, severance, and solid waste and surcharge. Visit our tax information page to find out more.

Registration

You must register before you collect, report, and/or pay the following taxes: sales and use, reemployment, gross receipts, documentary stamp, communications services, motor fuels, pollutants and severance; and fees: Miami-Dade County Lake Belt Mitigation Fee and solid waste fees and surcharge. Online registration is free.

Resources

Download the "Looking at Business Opportunities in Florida?" brochure.

Our startup kit for new business owners contains links to documents routinely distributed to new business registrants. The kit is geared toward sales and use tax filers, but contains information about corporate income tax, reemployment tax, and other taxes.