The Florida (FL) state sales tax rate is currently 6%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 7.5%.

Florida did not end up on Kiplinger’s list of 10 Tax-Friendly States for Retirees for 2011.

In the state of Florida, you may register to collect and pay sales and use tax. In order to file and remit online, you may use an approved vendor, such as Avalara (Trustfile), or enroll in the e-Services program and track payment due dates yourself.

All sellers of tangible property or goods (including leases, licenses, and rentals) are required to register with the state and file and pay sales tax.

How to Register

Register online (below) or download the Florida Business Tax Application (Formerly, Application to Collect and/or Report Tax in Florida) / Instructions for DR-1 to register for the following taxes and fees:

For many taxes, applications can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Choose your method.

How to File and Pay

Online: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/eservices/filepay.html. Discounts are available for entities that file online.

Offline

  • Businesses whose sales and use tax collections are less than $20,000 per year may pay and report tax using a paper Sales and Use Tax Return (Form DR-15).

Deadlines

Most new businesses are set up to file and pay sales and use tax quarterly. Depending on the amount of tax you collect, you may qualify for a different filing frequency.

  • Monthly returns and payments are due on the 1st day of the month and late after the 20th day of the month following the collection period. For example, if the sale took place during January, then tax is due on the 1st of February and late after the 20th.
  • Quarterly returns and payments are due on the 1st and late after the 20th day of the month following the collection period. For example, if the sale took place during September, then tax is due on the 1st of October and late after the 20th.

Avalara Sales and Use Tax Products for Florida

AvaTax – AvaTax is a powerful, online sales tax compliance solution that provides all businesses with a level of sales tax automation that until now has been available only to Fortune 500 companies. AvaTax’s transaction-based service model and seamless integration into business applications gives you rapid access to all jurisdiction assignments and real-time sales tax calculations. Cutting-edge technologies and superior processing logic can manage even the most complicated tax issues, such as situs, nexus, tax tiers, tax holidays, exemptions, certificate management and product taxability rules.

TrustFile - Avalara TrustFile provides detailed sales tax reporting for online sellers. Allowing businesses to know exactly where, when and how much to file. Ecommerce business owners can use TrustFile to determine whether or not they are collecting the right amount of sales tax in each individual state, and then store a record of their sales tax history securely in the cloud for free.

Florida Department of Revenue