County Business Tax Receipts

Broward County Business Tax Receipts

So you’re thinking about starting a business in Broward County, or maybe you already have one. Either way, you’re going to need a Local Business Tax Receipt (LBTR).

Formerly known as an Occupational License, this tax is required for anyone operating a business or profession within Broward County, unless you fall under specific exemptions.

Let’s break down everything you need to know.

Who Needs a Local Business Tax Receipt?

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If you’re running a business or profession in Broward County, you need a Local Business Tax Receipt. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re working from a physical location or your home; each location requires its own receipt.

Plus, if you’re juggling multiple types of businesses, you’ll need a separate receipt for each one. The tax is valid for one year, running from October 1 through September 30. Tax rates vary based on your business classification, so make sure to check where you fall.

Special Requirements for Certain Professions

Some businesses have to jump through a few more hoops. If your profession requires state licenses, permits, or other certifications, you’ll need to provide proof before you can get or renew your Local Business Tax Receipt. Keep this in mind and gather your documents early to avoid any last-minute scrambles.

Tax Exemptions

Not everyone needs to pay this tax. Exemptions are available for:

  • Charitable, religious, and fundraising activities
  • Certain disabled persons, aged individuals, widows with minor dependents
  • Veterans, spouses of veterans, and certain servicemembers
  • Low-income individuals

If you think you qualify, be ready to show the necessary documentation to prove it. Specific exemptions also exist for agriculture, fish farms, plant nurseries (if you own the land), and home day care.

Renewal Process and Penalties

Every year on July 1st, renewal notices are sent out to valid Local Business Tax Receipt holders. The renewal window runs from July 1 to September 30. Miss this window, and you’ll face penalties starting at 10% on October 1 and escalating each month.

By January 1, you’re looking at a 25% penalty plus a $10 collection fee. So, don’t procrastinate. Here’s a quick penalty breakdown:

Date Penalty
October 1 10%
November 1 15%
December 1 20% + $10 collection fee
January 1 25% + $10 collection fee

If you don’t get your renewal notice, reach out to the Broward County Call Center at 954-357-4829.

Starting a New Business? Here’s How to Apply

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Before you start, check with your municipality. They might have additional requirements, and no one wants to go through the hassle of a rejected application because of zoning or inspection issues. Once you’re clear, you have two options: apply in person or online.

In-Person Applications

Head over to the Broward County Records, Taxes, and Treasury Division at the Governmental Center in Fort Lauderdale. Remember, they don’t process new applications after 4:30 p.m., so plan accordingly.

Online Applications

BTExpress makes it easy. Just go to their site, click on “Apply for a new business tax account,” and follow the prompts. You’ll answer questions about your business, upload required documents, and submit your application. After a confirmation email, you’ll be able to pay and print your receipt.

Important Reminders for Specific Situations

  • DBA (Doing Business As): If you’re using a fictitious name, file a Fictitious Name Disclaimer with the Florida Department of State to ensure you’re not stepping on anyone else’s toes.
  • Unincorporated Broward County: If your business is here, you need a Certificate of Use before applying for your LBTR. Contact the Urban Planning Division for more info.

Contractor Exemptions

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If you’re a contractor and state-certified, you can operate across Florida with just your home county’s Local Business Tax Receipt. However, some cities in Broward County might still require you to get a local LBTR to pull permits. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, so check ahead.

Renewal Options

Renewing your LBTR is straightforward. You can do it by mail, in person, or online, unless your business type requires annual proof of certification. For those, stick to mail or in-person renewals with your updated certification.

Tourist Development Tax

If your business involves short-term rentals, be aware that you might also need to pay a Tourist Development Tax. Better to know now than to be surprised later.

Getting Help

Confused? Don’t be. If you run into any issues or have questions, the Broward County Call Center is your go-to resource. Give them a call at 954-357-4829 or send a fax to 954-357-5479.

Final Thoughts

Starting and running a business in Broward County involves a fair amount of paperwork and compliance, but it’s all manageable with the right info. Keep track of your dates, gather necessary documents early, and stay in the loop with any changes in local regulations.

And remember, your Local Business Tax Receipt is your ticket to legally operating your business—don’t overlook it.