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Florida Sales Tax for Online Sellers

by Mark Faggiano

Florida sales tax

This blog post may now be out of date. For our most up-to-date info on Florida sales tax, check out our “Florida Sales Tax Guide for Businesses.”

This is the latest post for online sellers who need information about when and how to collect sales tax in Florida. To help simplify things, I’ve framed the info around the most common customer examples and questions we get at TaxJar. If none of these examples apply to your business then it’s a good idea to contact a tax professional.

You sell stuff online but don’t live in Florida

If you’re an online seller and you live in and do not have sales tax nexus in any state other than Florida, then you’re not required to collect sales tax on orders shipped to the Sunshine State.

You live and operate your business in Florida

In this example, you’re a resident of Florida and you operate your business in Florida. If you’re like a lot of online sellers that probably means you’re running your business out of your home. In this case, Florida considers your business to have nexus with the state. That means you’re required to collect sales tax on orders that are shipped to an address in Florida.

Before you collect sales tax, make sure your business is registered with the state. You can register to collect and pay sales tax in Florida online.

You don’t live in Florida but you use a fulfillment service

Let’s say you live outside of Florida, in Kansas for example, and use a fulfillment service to help make your business more efficient. That fulfillment service warehouses or stores your inventory in Florida. According to 2j in Florida Statute 212.0596, your inventory creates enough of a presence in Florida (there’s that nexus word again) that you’re required to collect sales tax on orders that are shipped to an address in Florida. So even if you never travel to Florida for business, the fact that your inventory does means you have to register your business with the state and collect sales tax.

How much sales tax should you collect?

Now that you know you need to collect sales tax you need to know how to collect it. First, Florida’s sales tax rate is a sum of the state rate (6.0% as I write this post) plus a discretionary sales tax surtax (also known as the local option county sales tax). The discretionary sales surtax rate depends on the county. Rates range from 0.5% to 1.5%. Only a few counties do not impose any surtax.

Florida is a destination-based sales tax state. That means that the rate you charge your customers is based on the address where the taxable item is delivered.

For example, if your business is located in Lee County and an order is to be shipped to Hardee County then the total sales tax rate you should charge is 7.0% (6.0% for the state and 1.0% surtax for Hardee County).

Now let’s say you live in Austin, TX and use a fulfillment service that stores your inventory in Flagler County. You sell a taxable item to a customer with a shipping address in Brevard County. In this case the state says to charge just the 6.0% sales tax since Brevard County does not have a surtax.

Shipping is also taxable in Florida, so the amount you charge for shipping must also be included in your calculations. However, shipping is not taxable if it meets the following two conditions:

  • The charge is separately stated on a bill or invoice; and
  • The charge can be avoided by a decision or action solely on the part of the purchaser.

Filing sales tax in Florida

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Florida sales tax Summary: if your business has nexus, register with the state and collect sales tax

There are two very common reasons your online business will have to register with the state of Florida and collect sales tax. The first is that you live and operate your business in Florida. The second is that your inventory is warehoused or stored there. In both cases, your business has nexus with Florida. When you collect sales tax on orders shipped to an address in Florida, make sure you collect based on where the item is being shipped to.

Have any other questions about Florida and sales tax? Let’s chat in the discussion section below.

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  • rogerdodger

    This is the most concise and valuable info I’ve found so far. My wife started an online paper handicraft business through one of the e-commerce sites. I registered to collect taxes on the Dep. of Revenue site under her fictitious name. I understand there are different brackets for reporting times dependent upon how much tax is collected. How do I arrange to report within a certain bracket. For instance, she certainly won’t be in the monthly or even quarterly bracket, so if I don’t file then, won’t I get fined?

    • For the most part, the states dictate to you when you should file returns / make your payments. Give the state of FL a call and ask them when how often they want you to file.

  • do you know the easiset way to set up the sales tax rates for Florida in paypal since there are so many?

    • Unfortunately, PayPal only allows you to enter in a single rate to collect for the entire state. So you literally can’t collect taxes the way the state wants you to. Tax pros I speak with advise to find the highest rate in the state and enter that into PayPal. This way you won’t have to pay out-of-pocket for any taxes owed. If you follow this method, be sure to pay the state everything you collected.

      • buzywebinfl

        Thank you for this informative article! More helpful than the state’s website! Question – if you collect the highest amount and then remit to the state, are you essentially overpaying? Will they refund the overpayment or does the state just benefit from the convoluted process? Thanks!

        • In this case the state would ‘benefit’. You’d have to ask the state how likely they are to refund you, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

      • Joe

        If you charge the highest rate to everyone in Florida, then you are charging some consumers too much sales tax. Why should they have to overpay that? I can’t believe there isn’t a drop down menu
        for Florida dealers in paypal or etsy for buyers in Florida to simply select
        their county… Furthermore, a Florida document I found states “Sales
        tax, including any
        county surtax, must be separately stated on the sales
        slip, charge ticket, invoice, or other evidence of sale. county surtax, must be separately stated on the sales
        county surtax, must be separately stated on the sales slip, charge ticket, invoice, or other evidence of sale…”

        http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/forms/current/gt300015.pdf
        So wouldn’t that mean the sales tax and the county tax each have to be stated separately from the sales tax on the invoice? Or can they at least be combined into one stated charge on the invoice.

  • gb4l

    How will Amazon’s announcement that they will start collecting sales tax in Florida affect Amazon online sellers who live in Florida?

  • RG

    Lets say I register a business in Florida and also register to collect sales tax, and I sell something on the internet to a customer in another state, and ship the product there. Should I collect sales tax on this transaction? If yes, is the tax% based on the destination zip code?

    • From what you are describing and assuming the item you’re selling is taxable, you would only collect sales tax on that sale if you have nexus in that other state. If you don’t have nexus outside FLA, then you would not collect sales tax on sales outside FLA.

  • Mrs. C.

    If you live in Florida and ship your product to florida, you would need to collect sales tax for Florida. if you live in Florida and ship to Chicago, you would not have to collect sales tax on that item. (At least not yet, it would be too complicated for every merchant to keep track of every sales tax rate in the country.) Where there is a will there is a way however, software and accounting developers will fix this fast and soon there will be an online program, a government program to get this done and you will be collecting and paying this pass through tax.

  • Zheamel Audd Dii Hermon

    Thanks for the info Mark, you have provided the best info I found. Here is my question, I getting ready to start an online web hosting biz and I will be providing month to month services and I live in Jacksonville, FL. Will I be subject to collect monthly sales taxes? Thanks for your reply in advance

    • Hi – According to TAA No. 98A-076, TAA No.01A-019, “web hosting services” is exempt from sales tax in Florida.

      • Zheamel Audd Dii Hermon

        Man you’re quick Mark! Thanks for the reply.

  • Jonas Cord

    I purchased something in fl and paid the state tax. Then, later, I sold it at the same price to a fl customer. Do I need to collect and pay tax again, or, is the tax i collect my reimbursement for the tax i already paid fl. The question really is about double taxation for the same item. I really have this happening now.

    • Think of it this way: whether you paid taxes or not doesn’t matter. If you’re selling a taxable item or service to someone who is not exempt then you need to collect the tax.

  • gator c

    Mark, I live and work in florida, 100% of my material is shipped to a distributor then sent to my job site, they list shipping on a separate line item on the quotes, are they allowed to charge tax on this. if I read the notes correctly they are not allowed. can you help clarify this
    thank you
    bruce craft

    • Hi Gator – Not enough info for me to give you an answer. Sorry. I’d touch base with someone who has expertise in Florida nexus.

  • White

    Hi Mark, we work in florida 6 weeks of the year selling antiques. If we sell an item and deliver it out of the state of florida is it taxable?

    • It’s hard to know definitively given the few details above about your business. In general, if your business is located in FLA, then you’d collect on items shipped or sold to folks in FLA. You’d only charge sales tax on items shipped out of state IF those items are shipped to states in which you also have nexus. If you have any doubts, contact a nexus expert.

  • jerseygirl

    Hi Mark – I am starting a small online business (FL which require sales tax). Is there a way I can deposit sales tax directly into an account that could go directly to the state to be deducted?

  • You’d have to setup a separate bank account and deposit the funds there yourself whenever you receive them…and then use that account to pay the state.

  • omar maldonado

    I am going to start selling tours and transportation provided in Mexico, my company is register in Florida as well as my web page everything s going to be online, will sell to all usa states, is there a tax for this

  • Jerome L

    Here’s a real issue I’m having. I own a small business in Florida that only sells online, I Do understand that I collect/pay sales tax on items sold to people in Florida, I collect the state and municipality tax.

    The real question is..if I am only selling on StubHub, how do I know what state people are buying from if the tickets are delivered electronically through StubHub ? Therefore, how do I even know how much FL sales tax to collect/pay?

  • Omar, Most of the time sales tax is only charged on products, but you need to check with the state of Florida to make sure.

    That said, we recommend you check with a tax professional about your income tax liability.

  • Great question. My first step would be to determine whether your state charges sales tax on digital goods. You may not even have to charge sales tax via StubHub. If it turns out you are required to charge sales tax, I recommend contacting a sales tax expert to determine how to go forward. Here’s a vetted list: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

    • Jerome L

      Understood. I’m guessing I now have to determine whether an electronically delivered ticket is a digital good, considering it’s final use would probably be physical in nature, i.e. printed for entrance. StubHub doesn’t collect sales tax.

    • Jerome L

      I live, have Nexus, and am a registered business in Florida, with no physical “brick and mortar” retail locations. I resell tickets only on the StubHub internet site, online. 99% of my tickets are NOT shipped to physical addresses. Instead, the purchase and resale of my tickets is done completely online, where I never actually touch a physical ticket. My tickets are in the StubHub system and are sold and delivered electronically through the StubHub system. I never know who the buyer is, or what state they are located in. How would I calculate what sales tax I might or might not owe on these sales, if any?

  • Hi Jerome,

    I recommend contacting a reputable sales tax expert on this matter. Though I can see where it would happen, I’ve never heard of selling to someone who’s location you never actually know, so this could get confusing quickly. We have a list of sales tax experts we recommend here: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

    Also, Jerry Donnini, one of our blog contributors and a sales tax attorney, is located in Florida and may be of help: http://www.floridasalestax.com/Attorney-Profiles/Gerald-J-Donnini-II-Esq-.aspx

  • SAS54

    If I am selling Fish Oil and shipping from a Florida based company do I still have to collect sales tax, or is there an exemption for dietary supplements, which are not taxed in brick & mortar stores in Florida?

  • Sales tax exemptions apply to products whether or not they are sold in brick and mortar stores or online. It’s always a good idea to check with a reputable accountant for questions specific to your business.

  • Photographydiva

    I live in the state of Florida and sell services for photography. The images are then downloaded from a website for the clients and no physical product ever changes hands, do I need to collect sales tax?

  • Michael

    Hi Mark, my question is this. I currently ship products throughout the USA but I have a warehouse in FL. I charge taxes for all orders within FL, as well as the surtax etc. My issue comes in with “Shipping is also taxable in FL”. You mention is has to MEET TWO requirements.

    The charge is separately stated on a bill or invoice; and
    The charge can be avoided by a decision or action solely on the part of the purchaser.
    I meet the first one but I am unsure what the second one means exactly. Do I have to offer the option for them to come pick up their order at my warehouse?

  • mac5

    How does an international seller register to collect the Florida sales tax ? We use a third party fulfillment center out of Florida(but not Amazon’s) and I understand that we are required to collect sales tax but how does we as international seller register? I did some research and it looks like we need to get a EIN from the IRS and use that to register. But, I also heard that the Florida DOR requires Social Security of the owners of the company as well. And, apparently, we don’t have that.

    Please enlighten me.

  • Jill Van Eps

    I live in Florida, have a LLC, and sell a nutritional product. The product is drop ship from another state. Do I have to pay tax?

    • Hi Jill, Drop shipping is very complicated because it involves more than one party. Here’es more about it on our blog:

      http://taxjar.wpengine.com/drop-shipping-sales-tax/

      We always recommend you consult a sales tax professional for specific questions about your unique business situation.

  • From our research on other states, that’s exactly what #2 means. I recommend contacting the Florida Department of Revenue just to be on the safe side. Here’s more about them: http://www.taxjar.com/states/florida-sales-tax-online/

  • I highly recommend consulting an accountant on specific questions. We’re not CPAs, so can only deal in generalities and can’t give you advice specific to your situation.

  • Hi There,

    I recommend you either contact the Florida Department of Revenue or speak with a CPA who specializes in registering international sellers, such as Sylvia Dion from SylviaDionCPA.com. Good luck getting registered!

  • OfDeAngels

    If we have a business in Ft Lauderdale, Fl and ship product to a customer in Venice, Fl, do we charge them our sales tax (6%) or their sales tax (7%)? And we charge tax on shipping as well? It would be a seperate charge on the invoice.

  • Florida is a destination-based sales tax state, so you would charge sales tax at the rate of your customer’s ship-to address. For a customer in Venice, FL, the sales tax rate would be 7%.

    Most of the time shipping is taxable in Florida, but there are exceptions. We’ve detailed them here: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/shipping-in-florida-taxable/

    I hope this helps!

  • Trillium

    I’m fed up with Washington State Dept of Revenue! Is it possible to register a LLC in Florida or elsewhere but live in Washington to avoid sales tax on digital downloads I sell? I sell on site located in NY that doesn’t have to pay sales tax and takes a 15% commission for managing the sales. I have no idea whom I am selling to either, I just know usernames and don’t know states either. I am already paying income tax with IRS for small profits from online store. Now Washington wants 7.7% for sales tax on digital goods. I am looking to see how I can avoid this digital Washington State sales tax. I use my computer in my home but I am already paying real estate taxes and sales taxes on everything but food. I’m taxed out! I am small and only made 6K. I also bought equipment and office supplies locally and paid taxes on them as well!

  • That is definitely a question for your accountant, though we totally understand your frustrations. Good luck!

  • Mickey

    Quick question. I’m purchasing some baking ware from a vendor in FL online and its being shipped to NJ where I live. Should I be charged tax?

    • That depends on whether your vendor has sales tax nexus in New Jersey. If they are charging you sales tax, that means they most likely do or have decided to comply with New Jersey sales tax law for another reason. (Some retailers do this.) I hope this helps!

  • NewFLABusiness

    Perhaps I have this wrong. Looking at the pros, and cons. I don’t have a problem with a flat sales % tax for Florida sales. After an online sale inside Florida however, a discretionary surtax requires that I look up what county the person lives in, and then tax them accordingly. Is their business wasting my time? This also means that a partial dollar amount (which online sales generally are) needs to be taxed under the sliding bracket scale. There’s something else I need to spend time looking up. Having just started a new business here in Florida, these regulatory entanglements are persuading me to do business with people that live ANYWHERE ELSE. If I decide to do that, it will be money lost to the state, and my business. They should charge flat 7% for interior transactions and divide it where it was collected themselves.

  • Dayna

    Hello, so my question is I live in Indian River county, FL I sell reptiles online and ship them out of state ALL OVER so your basically saying I only need to charge tax and surtax for FL residents?

  • Hi Dayna,

    You only need to charge sales tax in states where you have sales tax nexus. If you only have sales tax nexus in FL, then you only need to charge sales tax to customers there. Here’s more about it: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/sales-tax-nexus-definition/

  • Ray

    If I bought a car for 30000and trade in a car for 20000. Do I pay sales tax on 30000 or 10000 ?

  • CC

    My company sells a Educational book – textbook in print, Intranet and Internet version. However my question is for the Internet which is a years subscription to a online service is Florida tax charged? I am getting some saying yes and some no from the state and Department of Revenue. The book is accessed on our server, but the Nutrition Education pages are printable for handouts for hospitals, teachers and such.

    • I hate to say it but I recommend you contact a CPA on this one. It’s a tricky situation and you could end up out of compliance pretty easily.

      This is a great list of sales tax experts. (We recommend someone on this list or someone who is a “sales tax expert” bcs not all CPAs are also sales tax experts.) http://taxjar.wpengine.com/sales-tax-nexus-definition/

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  • Catherine Johnson

    Greetings. My question is referencing photography. Are taxes charged to session fees ( the actual act of photography) and are taxes charged to digital files being provided to the customer. Whether it be by download or email. Many thanks.
    Catherine

  • Hi Catherine,

    We recommend you contact a sales tax expert or the Florida Department of revenue for your specific case, but I looked it up and services and digital products are tax exempt in Florida

    You can find their guidance on it here, but have to download it as a Word Doc: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?title=SALES%20AND%20USE%20TAX&ID=12A-1.062

    Also, you should decide whether your sessions are selling tangible personal property or a service. I’d guess they are definitely a service, and services are not taxable in Florida. I hope this helps and that you contact a reliable CPA or get a letter ruling from the Florida DOR for specific cases: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

    • Catherine Johnson

      Hi again. Would the physical photos that the customers purchase be taxable? I also want to confirm, my services as a photographer and any digital files I sell to the customer are not taxable correct?

      • Hi Catherine,

        We’re really not comfortable giving you definitive advice specific to your situation. But Florida does say tangible personal property is taxable. I do recommend you contact either the Florida DOR or a sales tax expert should you think there’s an issue: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/ (That’s a list of vetted experts.)

        I hope this general info helps!

  • Jones

    Great insight regarding sales tax in Florida. One question I have that I haven’t seen answered. Example: my business being based in Georgia, but sell products mainly to Florida residents and small businesses in Florida. I would like to establish a PO Box in Florida for customers to send me mail, or a small package from time to time. Question: Is leasing a PO Box in Florida considered NEXUS, requiring me to charge FL sales tax to customers and/or also pay FL sales tax? I would be shipping product outbound from Georgia.

    • This is a great question. A lot of states say that nexus is established by owning or leasing property, but a PO box is still very grey territory. I recommend calling the Florida Department of Revenue:

      Florida
      Phone Number: 1-800-352-3671
      Press 1 for English then 0 for Representative (hidden option).

      Report back what you find out!

  • Jaxrunner904

    How much proffit do you need to make in FL through things like garage/trade/ etsy sales before you need to collect /pay sales tax? What is the limit before you can get reprimanded?

  • Some states do have provisions for “Casual sales” where you can sell up to a certain number of items or amount of items before you need to register. That said, most states stipulate that if you are trying to do this as a business (rather than just selling a couple old items on eBay) should register for a sales tax permit. If you want a specific answer to your questions, I recommend you contact a sales tax expert. Here’s our vetted list: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

    I hope this helps!

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  • Julie

    Is there a way to vary the sales tax by county when selling through Square’s webstore? From what I can tell, the state has quite the scam going by incentivizing the overcollection and overpayment of taxes.

    • Hi Julie,

      Here’s more about how to set up sales tax collection with Square. In Florida, you should collect based on the buyer’s destination. This can be more time-consuming to set up, unfortunately. I hope this helps!

  • Terri

    If I live in Florida and I lease out a piece of equipment to someone in Mississippi, what do I charge for tax?

    • You only need to charge sales tax on transactions that take place in a state where you a.) have sales tax nexus b.) Where the item/service is taxable. So you’d first want to see if you have sales tax nexus in Mississippi, and second determine if rented equipment is taxable in Mississippi. Here’s more about sales tax in MS: http://www.taxjar.com/states/mississippi-sales-tax-online/

  • Greg Morris

    If I paid sales tax on the material I bought and used to make wood crafts, do I have to collect sales tax if I sell those items at a craft fair? I live in Florida and the craft fair is in my local community.

    • Hi Greg,

      Yes, the sales tax is on the sale of the item not on the goods themselves. So if you are selling tangible personal property in a state where you have nexus then you need to charge sales tax.

  • Jody Miller-Young

    Hi – What if my online boutique sells items from designers outside of florida and they will be doing the fulfillment (shipping) of the items purchased through my site? Do I still need to charge sales tax on items shipped within Florida? What about designers based overseas like in Italy who are doing the fulfillment of orders placed on my site? Thanks!

  • Are you operating a marketplace? If I’m understanding your question correctly, if you are not the seller of record, then your sellers are on the hook to charge sales tax. They are. I recommend contacting a CPA to discuss your tax liability. Here’s a list of vetted sales tax experts: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

  • Are you operating a marketplace? If I’m understanding your question correctly, if you are not the seller of record, then your sellers are on the hook to charge sales tax. They are. I recommend contacting a CPA to discuss your tax liability. Here’s a list of vetted sales tax experts: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

  • ML

    I live in Florida and our new business will sell books through our website. We will be using paypal. Is there a program for Florida residents that automatically adjusts the tax charge based on destination?

  • Jose Garcia

    hello — what if I sell items to a company for resale so I am not charging sales tax — is there a tax on the shipping cost?

  • Jose Garcia

    hello — what if I sell items to a company for resale so I am not charging sales tax — is there a tax on the shipping cost?

  • TPA Bike

    I bought some items from a company based out of California with no stores in Florida. They have dealers in FL that carry their products but they are not company stores. Can they still charge me taxes on my online purchases?

  • TPA Bike

    I bought some items from a company based out of California with no stores in Florida. They have dealers in FL that carry their products but they are not company stores. Can they still charge me taxes on my online purchases?

  • Hi ML,

    PayPal doesn’t allow you to set up sales tax based on destination, unfortunately. But if you have developer support can use TaxJar’s SmartCalcs Sales Tax API. Here’s more about it: http://www.taxjar.com/smartcalcs

  • Hi ML,

    PayPal doesn’t allow you to set up sales tax based on destination, unfortunately. But if you have developer support can use TaxJar’s SmartCalcs Sales Tax API. Here’s more about it: http://www.taxjar.com/smartcalcs

  • Stephanie Quinn

    I have a question. I have an LLC in Florida and I live in Florida. My business is an online retailer. My product however is shipped from Texas. I originally thought that the tax rate I was supposed to be charging was the county in which my LLC was formed. After reading these comments, I see that’s not the case. My questions are as follows: 1) I’m using woocommerce and while it does have the option to include a tax rate, it doesn’t give me the option to distinguish by county of purchase. 2) Since my items are shipped from Texas, how does this impact me collecting taxes and do I even need to?

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Our plugin from WooCommerce actually does allow you to collect sales tax correctly!

      http://www.taxjar.com/woocommerce-sales-tax-plugin/

      We made this plugin for that very reason – so you can collect sales tax at the correct rate.

      To answer your second question, you need to register for a permit and collect sales tax in states where you have nexus. Here’s more about nexus: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/sales-tax-nexus-definition/ So if you have nexus in a state, you’d collect sales tax at that state’s rate. If you are based out of state, that generally means (with the exceptions of AZ and NM) that you would collect at the rate of the buyer’s ship to location. I know that gets confusing, and we’ve written more about it here: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/charging-sales-tax-rates/. I hope this helps!

  • Megen

    Hi
    I live in Florida.If I sale via online.How much for money income that I have to pay sale tax?

  • Megen

    Hi
    I live in Florida.If I sale via online.How much for money income that I have to pay sale tax?

  • lpf

    I’m a photographer and my LLC is registered in Miami, Florida. I was told by a rep at the Florida Department of Revenue that all online sales of my photography products should be taxed at our local rate (7%) since the business in located in
    miami, Florida and also what I have to remit to the state quarterly. According to the rep it doesn’t matter where its shipped since clients are purchasing a product from my LLC registered in Miami, Florida. However, my products originate from from print labs in various states, and as I mentioned above, sold and shipped to clients in different states. Can you clarify for me what sales tax rate I should be charging?

    • Hi there,

      Sales tax is charged at the point of sale and you only have to charge sales tax to buyers in states where you have sales tax nexus (regardless from where the item is shipped.) So you’d have nexus in Florida and be required to charge sales tax on tangible personal property to Florida buyers. But if you don’t have sales tax nexus in other states, you would not be required to charge sales tax to buyers in other states.

      Here’s more about sales tax for online sellers: http://www.taxjar.com/guides/intro-to-sales-tax/

      If you’re still receiving conflicting advice, I recommend contacting a sales tax expert like the vetted experts listed here: http://www.taxjar.com/sales-tax-accountant-directory/

  • MPD334

    Where do we report online/ebay sellers who absolutely do not have a “Nexus” or warehouse in the St. of FL and yet are charging sales tax anyway….most of the time an amount that is higher than it should be anyway???

    • Hi there,

      You can always call the Florida Department of Revenue and ask if they have a license, that said, any seller can register for a sales tax permit and charge in a state, regardless if they have a warehouse or location. Other things, like employees, contractors, drop shipping relationships, etc. also create nexus. Also, the problem with FL is that it is a destination-based state and eBay only allows seller to set one sales tax rate, so they are really in a bind. Most sellers use the FL average sales tax rate, but if you live in a low tax area eBay sellers have no way of charging you your low tax rate. I hope this explains their side of the equation!

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