What is Florida’s Sales Tax

Author: Jason Coles

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The base sales tax rate in Florida is 6%, but this does not universally apply to the whole state of Florida, in fact, there are a variety of different sales tax rates depending on the county you are in. So, the way Florida’s sales tax is calculated is the base rate of 6% Florida sales tax throughout the whole state plus the additional percentage rate each county charges, equals the total Florida sales tax rate you will pay or have to collect from your customers if you are a business.

Any retail, gas station/convenience store, or restaurant-related business you visit in Florida should charge you the prevailing rate of Florida’s sales tax according to the county they are located in, and this also includes accommodations such as hotels and motels and short-term rentals of homes/villas, etc. While paying sales tax is mostly applicable to the sale of products, it does also apply to some service-related businesses such as hotels, taxi and limo services, sale of admissions, and charges for participation in games and amusement activities. If you are unsure whether your business should collect Florida sales tax, you may want to visit the Florida Department of Revenue website.

What is Florida's Sales Tax

So, paying Florida’s sales tax as a consumer is a seamless process that you do not need to worry too much about when visiting a restaurant or retail store, booking a hotel, or visiting a theme park. On the other hand, as a business owner or someone looking to start a business in Florida, it is a whole different matter. If you are responsible for collecting sales tax from your customers, you need to know exactly what your responsibilities are, and you need to follow the rules of Florida sales tax collection, making sure you pay the State of Florida each month for the total amount of Florida sales tax you collect. In some instances, this may apply to online businesses, and if you participate in the Amazon FBA program, you may be subject to sales tax collection.

Florida Sales Tax Rate

As mentioned previously, the base rate of sales tax in Florida is 6%, but the average range of Florida sales tax, including the county sales tax rate, is 7.05%. For your convenience, we have included a table (below) that lists the Florida sales tax rate for each county within the state. The table combines the base rate of 6% and the local county rate to give you a total tax rate for each county.

Florida has many different counties, 67 in total. The Florida sales tax rate for most counties is 7%, which means that most counties, when combined with Florida’s sales tax rate, are in the 13% range. Currently, the highest rate of sales tax in Florida is in Hillsborough County with a sales tax rate of 8.5%.

What you will find in the U.S., which is different from some other countries, is that when you see the price of a product such as a t-shirt in a retail store, or food on a menu in a restaurant, is it usually plus state and county sales tax. So, when you checkout your items in a store or request the bill (check) at a restaurant, you will likely pay the price you saw on the label or on the menu + state and county sales tax. This often takes foreigners and those not used to this system by surprise because, in many other countries, the price you see is the price you pay, and the price quoted includes any sales tax or value-added tax (VAT).

Florida Sales Tax

To get a basic understanding of how Florida imposes a state sales and use tax on most products and some services purchased in the state you can make a quick calculation of the amount of Florida sales tax you will pay based on the product price and sales tax rate charged within the county you are purchasing from.

There is specific terminology surrounding whether, as a business, you need to collect Florida sales tax. This is called “Sales Tax Nexus.” It basically means, does your business have a “significant presence” in the state. Any one of the following criteria is considered by the state of Florida as qualifying a seller to have sales tax nexus:

  • An office or other place of business in Florida
  • An employee that works within the state of Florida
  • Independent contractors or representatives (usually paid on 1099) that conduct sales or other activities in Florida
  • If you own, rent, or lease real property or tangible personal property in Florida
  • If you rent property out on a short-term basis
  • If you deliver goods to Florida customers using your company-owned or leased truck
  • If you sell taxable items at retail or manufacture goods for sale at retail
  • If you import goods from any state or a foreign country, for sale at retail or for use in the business or for pleasure
  • If you assemble, install, service, or repair products in Florida
  • If you repair or alter tangible personal property
  • If you provide taxable services such as investigative and crime protection services, interior commercial cleaning services, or commercial pest control services (as an example)

To learn exactly what the Florida Department of Revenue determines to be sales tax nexus in Florida, head over to their website and see what businesses this applies to and what you are expected to collect from your customers.

Sales Tax in Florida by County

The table below lists the 67 Florida counties that charge sales tax within the state. Florida’s sales tax is based on the base rate plus the county rate and any other special exceptions, so the rates below are indicative of the total Florida sales tax you will pay or have to collect from your customers.

So, if you are paying Orange County (Orlando) sales tax, the rate would be 7%. A $100 product/purchase would cost you $107 in total.

Florida Sales Tax Rates by CountyTotal Florida Sales Tax RateFlorida State Sales Tax Rate
Alachua County Sales Tax7%6%
Baker County Sales Tax7%6%
Bay County Sales Tax7%6%
Bradford County Sales Tax7%6%
Brevard County Sales Tax7%6%
Broward County Sales Tax7%6%
Calhoun County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Charlotte County Sales Tax7%6%
Citrus County Sales Tax6%6%
Clay County Sales Tax7%6%
Collier County Sales Tax7%6%
Columbia County Sales Tax7%6%
Desoto County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Dixie County Sales Tax7%6%
Duval County Sales Tax7%6%
Escambia County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Flagler County Sales Tax7%6%
Franklin County Sales Tax7%6%
Gadsden County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Gilchrist County Sales Tax7%6%
Glades County Sales Tax7%6%
Gulf County Sales Tax7%6%
Hamilton County Sales Tax7%6%
Hardee County Sales Tax7%6%
Hendry County Sales Tax7%6%
Hernando County Sales Tax6.5%6%
Highlands County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Hillsborough County Sales Tax8.5%6%
Holmes County Sales Tax7%6%
Indian River County Sales Tax7%6%
Jackson County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Jefferson County Sales Tax7%6%
Lafayette County Sales Tax7%6%
Lake County Sales Tax7%6%
Lee County Sales Tax6.5%6%
Leon County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Levy County Sales Tax7%6%
Liberty County Sales Tax8%6%
Madison County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Manatee County Sales Tax7%6%
Marion County Sales Tax7%6%
Martin County Sales Tax6.5%6%
Miami-Dade County Sales Tax7%6%
Monroe County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Nassau County Sales Tax7%6%
Okaloosa County Sales Tax7%6%
Okeechobee County Sales Tax7%6%
Orange County Sales Tax7%6%
Osceola County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Palm Beach County Sales Tax7%6%
Pasco County Sales Tax7%6%
Pinellas County Sales Tax7%6%
Polk County Sales Tax7%6%
Putnam County Sales Tax7%6%
Santa Rosa County Sales Tax7.5%6%
Sarasota County Sales Tax7%6%
Seminole County Sales Tax7%6%
St Johns County Sales Tax6.5%6%
St Lucie County Sales Tax7%6%
Sumter County Sales Tax7%6%
Suwannee County Sales Tax7%6%
Taylor County Sales Tax7%6%
Union County Sales Tax7%6%
Volusia County Sales Tax6.5%6%
Wakulla County Sales Tax7%6%
Walton County Sales Tax7%6%
Washington County Sales Tax7.5%6%

Florida Tax Center Contact Details

Most communication with the FL Dept of revenue can be conducted via telephone or through their website. Here are the main contact methods:

Florida Department of Revenue Mailing Address for Tax Payments
Florida Department of Revenue
5050 W Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0100
Telephone: +1 850-488-6800
Website: https://floridarevenue.com/taxes/Pages/gta_contact.aspx

Some online services are available 24/7 on the website, while other inquiries must be made by phone or through their online messaging system. To find out what services are available online and via telephone, visit the link above for more details.

Sales Tax Rates in the US


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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S. who refer his services to their clients regularly, Jason has written over 1,350 business plans across the past 17+ years for start-up companies and franchises looking to expand their footprint in the United States. Jason is considered a seasoned expert in his field. He creates detailed business plans for his clients that include five-year financial projections, market and industry analysis reports, demographic studies, organizational charts, job descriptions, employee hiring plans, and more.