Miami Dade County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

Miami Dade County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

So, you’re starting a business in Miami-Dade County or just making sure all your paperwork is in order?  Let’s talk about Business Tax Receipts (BTRs). Every business in Miami-Dade needs one. No exceptions, no loopholes.

What’s a Business Tax Receipt, Anyway?

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A Business Tax Receipt is required for each place of business and for each separate classification at the same location.  Think of it as the County’s way of saying, “Hey, you’re legit to operate here.”

You need one every year, starting on October 1 and running until September 30. If your business is in a city, you’ll need a city receipt and a County receipt.

Why You Need One

It’s not just about legality. Having a BTR prominently displayed in your business shows customers you’re the real deal. Plus, it’s subject to inspection by Miami-Dade County, so better keep it visible.

How to Apply for a Business Tax Receipt

First-time applicants must use the online application system or fill out and print the Local Business Tax Receipt application and submit it by mail or in person.

Before you start, check your business tax category to see if you have additional requirements or qualify for an exemption.

What You’ll Need

  • Real estate account number (if applicable)
  • Tangible account number (if applicable)
  • Proof of fictitious name or corporate documents if not using your full legal name
  • North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code
  • Federal Employer Identification, Tax ID number, or Social Security number

Submitting Your Application

Go online and use the BTExpress for new applications. If you’re old school, print out the form and mail it or bring it in person to 200 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33128.

Renewal Time

To keep your BTR current, you’ve got until September 30 to renew. Miss that deadline, and you’ll face late penalties.

Payments can be made online (check or credit/debit card), by mail, or in person. Just remember, credit and debit card transactions come with a 2.39% convenience fee.

How to Pay

  • Online: Use check, or a credit/debit card. That 2.39% fee still applies.
  • Mail: Checks, cashier checks, money orders, or certified funds. Write your account and phone number on the check.
  • In Person: Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay. Again, the 2.39% fee for card payments.

Exemptions and Special Cases

Business Taxes

Some businesses and individuals can request fee exemptions:

  • Nonprofits: Religious, educational, or charitable organizations
  • Individuals: Permanently disabled, 65 or older, honorably-discharged veterans, spouses of active military members, public assistance recipients

If you qualify, send your exemption forms to [email protected] or visit the Tax Collector’s office.

State-Regulated Professionals

If you’re in a state-regulated profession (like doctors, engineers, real estate firms), you’ll need to submit your current state certificates when applying for a new BTR. For more info, call 850-487-1395.

Other Regulated Services

For certain services like beekeeping, pest control, or motor vehicle repairs, you’ll need permits from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Business Services.

Moving, Selling, or Changing Your Business

Business Taxes

If you’re changing your business name, ownership, location, or anything else major, notify the Local Business Tax office in writing within 30 days.

If your business closes, let them know within 30 days to get your name off the records.

Need to verify a Business?

You can check business records by calling 305-270-4949, visiting the Public Service Office, or emailing [email protected]. Mail requests to:

Custodian of the Records Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax Section 200 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33128

It costs $1 per account for the current year and $5 for prior years (up to two years back).

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Final Thoughts

Getting your Business Tax Receipt might seem like a hassle, but it’s a necessary step in making your business legit in Miami-Dade County. Do it right the first time, and you’ll avoid headaches later on.

Plus, your customers will know you’re operating on the up and up. So, get your documents in order, fill out that application, and get ready to do business in one of the most vibrant counties in Florida.