Quick Answer: In this blog, you will learn how to register for a sales tax permit in Florida. The registration process is best completed online via the Florida Department of Revenue website. More detailed information is included below.
Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Florida?
The first step in registering for a sales tax permit is determining if you even need one. In general, you need a sales tax permit in Florida if you have a physical presence or meet economic nexus requirements. For more detailed information on the necessity of getting a permit, you can learn more at our blog post “Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Florida?”
If you are not sure where you should get sales tax permits, we can help determine that for you with our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service.
Once you’re sure you need a sales tax permit in Florida, you can proceed with registering.
Types of Sales Tax Permits Available
Florida only has one type of permit, a Sales and Use Tax Permit. There is no fee to register for this permit with the state of Florida.
Where to Register for a Florida Sales Tax Permit
There are two ways to register for a sales tax permit in Florida, either by paper application or via the online website. We recommend submitting the application via the online website as it will generally be processed faster and you will receive confirmation upon submission. Having a submission confirmation will help in the event that your application is not processed on-time, or in the event that it is not processed at all (which unfortunately can happen every now and again).
Online Application Location:
The best place to register for a sales tax permit with the state of Florida is on its website.
Paper Application Location:
If you want to apply by paper, the Florida sales tax permit paper application can be found here.
Where to Go if You Need Help Registering for a Sales Tax Permit in Florida
If you are stuck or have questions, you can either contact the state of Florida directly or reach out to us and we can register for a sales tax permit on your behalf.
How to contact the Florida Department of Revenue if you have questions: You can contact the Florida Department of Revenue by calling 850-488-6800.
How to contact TaxValet if you want someone to handle your permit registration for you: You can learn more about our sales tax service by clicking here.
Information Needed to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Florida
Before you begin the process of registering with the state, make sure you have access to the following information:
- Federal tax ID, typically called the EIN, issued by the IRS
- Knowledge of your business entity structure
- Business owner information
- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) number
- Start date with the state of Florida
To get started, choose the link titled “Register to Collect and Pay Taxes or Fees” on the website.
Answer the questions and follow the prompts that walk you through the process of registering with the state of Florida.
What Happens After You Apply for a Sales Tax Permit in Florida?
Keep in mind, once you have an active sales tax permit in Florida, you will need to begin filing sales tax returns. Our team can handle your sales tax returns for you with our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service. You can also learn more about how to file and pay a sales tax return in Florida by clicking here.
Florida will send your Certificate of Registration and Business Partner Number to your mailing address within 7-10 business days.
Once you receive your Business Partner (BP) Number and Certificate of Registration number from the state of Florida, then you can access your account online here https://ritx-fl-sales.bswa.net. You must enter your registration number and business partner number to get started.
All Florida sales tax permits are issued for one calendar year. As long as you are registered to collect sales tax and continue to conduct business in the state of Florida, you will be issued a new certificate each year.
If at any point you are stuck and want a team of experts to handle all of this for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.