Sales Tax

Each sale, admission, storage, or rental in Florida is taxable, unless the transaction is exempt. Sales tax is added to the price of taxable goods or services and collected from the purchaser at the time of sale.

As a Business owner, you need to be aware if your company needs to be registered before state and local government, so you can add sales tax to your product or services.
Once you are registered, you will receive a Certificate of Registration.

Use tax is due on the use or consumption of taxable goods or services when sales tax was not paid at the time of purchase.

For example:

  • If you buy a taxable item in Florida and did not pay sales tax, you owe use tax.
  • If you buy an item tax exempt intending to resell it, and then use the item in your business or for personal use, you owe use tax.
  • If you buy a taxable item outside Florida and bring it into (or have it delivered into) Florida, and you did not pay sales tax on the item, you owe use tax.
  • Many Florida counties have a discretionary sales surtax (county tax) that applies to most transactions subject to the sales or use tax. The county surtax rate applies to a taxable item or service delivered into a county imposing a surtax. (The surtax rate that applies to motor vehicles and mobile homes is determined by the home address of the purchaser.) For a list of discretionary sales surtax rates, visit the Department’s Forms and Publications webpage and select the current year Discretionary Sales Surtax Information (Form DR-15DSS) under the Discretionary Sales Surtax section, updated yearly in November.

Here at A&F Financial LLC, we can apply for your sales and use taxes certificate and file the reports accordingly, not only for the state of Florida, but we currently helping companies all over the United States.

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