If you own a business that generates revenue in Florida, you must obtain different licenses and permits that allow the company to operate in the state.
Considering the variety of licenses existing in Florida, what are the ones required from entrepreneurs starting online businesses? Read on to find out.
What License Do I Need to Start an Online Business in Florida? – The Fundamentals
Online businesses work similarly to physical businesses, but the key difference is that they provide goods or services by digital means.
Sales taxes must be booked, and online businesses involve sales transactions. As expected, Florida online business owners must report taxes adequately – either at the local, state, or federal levels.
Florida has no statewide business license requirement, but regulations from cities and counties across the state require online business owners to obtain a “business tax receipt” or “general business license.”
Additionally, any business selling goods or services in Florida must register with the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) to get a seller’s permit. This state license allows online business owners to collect taxes on the products sold online and remit them to the state.
If an online business has employees or files taxes separately from the owner, it will require a federal tax ID called “Employer Identification Number (EIN).” The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires this nine-digit registration number for tax identification purposes.
Professional and Occupation Licenses
Regulated activities and professionals require special licensing from a government department or agency.
For example, if you own an online business specializing in selling fine wines in Florida, you must obtain a liquor license issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
In many cases, obtaining a specific license will require the applicant to meet strict requirements, such as attending a course and attaining a certain score on a test.
Navigating Florida licensing laws can be a time-consuming experience if you are not sure of where you are going. The best approach is to rely on a seasoned Florida attorney to identify which licenses you need and how to obtain them as soon as possible.
Online businesses need physical locations for several reasons, including logistics and administration. Before signing up for a commercial lease or using a residential property as a business location, it is fundamental to check the zoning regulations in that specific area.
In Florida, zoning regulations are often enforced at the local levels by town, city, and county ordinances. In addition, condominiums, homeowner’s associations, and other similar arrangements tend to enforce unique zoning rules.
To avoid costly mistakes, the first step is to verify the area in which you want to establish an online business and identify whether the location is zoned for your activity. It is also important to contact the local zoning or planning department to confirm your research.
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