Business Taxes, Sales Tax and Licensing

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The State of Florida requires certain businesses to obtain professional licenses through state examination boards located in various departments, for example, health care workers are licensed through the Florida Department of Health. A list of all business and professional requiring a state license is available at www.myfloridalicense.com.

An overview of the corporate business tax system is available at the Florida Department of Revenue, www.dor.myflorida.com/dor/businesses, which also covers Unemployment Tax and taxes collected by the Department of Revenue. The departments offer a startup kit for business owners at www.dor.myflorida.com/dor/businesses/newbusiness_startup.html.

Florida charges a 6 percent sales tax on retail purchases and a use tax on certain leased/rented goods and services. Registration with the state is required, and taxes can be filed and paid online.

County Business Incentives

The county has five designated business enterprise zones including Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay, Riviera Beach/West Palm Beach (north zone) and West Palm Beach (south zone). Information is available from the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Every city in the county offers some incentives as well, including expedited permitting and/or cash incentives, as well as possible tax incentives. Visit www.bdb.org/relocation/incentives-by-city to learn details.

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