FL Sales Tax 101

How to File a Sales Tax Return in Florida

by Lizzy Greenburg

Florida Sales Tax
Florida doesn’t make it easy to file sales tax returns, which is why we created TaxJar. TaxJar’s state reports simplify the process of filing a return and can save you hours spent on managing sales tax. We wrote this post as a step-by-step guide for using TaxJar’s report to fill in the info you need to file your Florida sales tax return.

Why use TaxJar?

Filing a sales tax return in destination-based sales tax states like Florida can be challenging. When you go to file, you’ll immediately notice that the state doesn’t just want to know how much you owe in sales tax. Nope. They also want info like:

  • How much sales tax you collected in each of Florida over the taxable time period
  • Individual counties with no surtax, counties with .50% surtax, 1% surtax, 1.5% surtax 2.5% surtax, and more

If you sell a lot of goods in Florida‘, or sell on multiple online channels, figuring this out can be a nightmare.

That’s where TaxJar’s Florida Report comes in.

TaxJar integrates with the selling platforms you use – Amazon, PayPal, Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce and many more. Then our report breaks down just how much you collected in each of Florida‘s  counties. We also tell you exactly how much you collected in all related counties, transit areas, etc– so you don’t have to try and figure out which county each of your customers lives in. This is a substantial savings in time and in headaches!

Filing sales tax reports in Florida used to be painful. But TaxJar does the work for you so you don’t have to bother with complicated spreadsheets, tax lookup tables and even street maps!

If you’d rather not spend time filing a Florida sales tax return ever again, enroll in TaxJar AutoFile and let us handle it. Never worry about missing a due dates or remember your state login and password again! Learn how TaxJar AutoFile can solve your sales tax headaches.

What you’ll need to get started

In order to file your sales tax return, it’s important to gather a few key documents and pieces of information. 

Every state has specific requirements. Generally, we recommend:

  1. Your TaxJar Florida Sales Tax Report
  2. Your Florida sales and use tax account number
  3. Your state-assigned filing frequency
  4. Your Florida electronic filing login details (ie: username, password, etc)
  5. Your bank account number and routing number that you’d like to use for sales tax payment

Note: In some states, you’ll need additional verification pieces like a Letter ID (ie: Hawaii), an identification number (ie: Kansas) a limited access code (in California), etc.  Be prepared to take a few extra steps to ensure your account is secure. 

Once you’ve gathered the items above, you’re ready to file your return.

Steps to manually filing a sales tax return in Florida

  1. Open your TaxJar Report for FloridaView Sales Tax Report Button TaxJar
  2. Select the Record Filing button at the top of your reportRecord Filing Button TaxJar
  3. Use the links on the top right to locate the state’s filing website or download a paper form
  4. Copy the information from your TaxJar Florida Report into the state’s website. View detailed instructions on using TaxJar Reports to file a return including a note on how to file when Marketplace Facilitator Tax collected
  5. Remit payment directly with the state
  6. Record your filing & payment with TaxJar for organized sales tax records and easy-access at a later date

State resources to help you file your return

Florida knows that filing a sales tax return can be hard, so they provide resources to business owners to help teach you how to file. We’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of helpful links, videos and resources to make filing your first sales tax return easier.

Florida state information:

How to file a return in Florida:

New or first-time filers:

Need more help? 

We get it. Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone. At TaxJar we provide general education, but we’re not CPAs. As much as we’d like to help, we aren’t able to give specific recommendations or advice for your business. However, we’re pleased to connect you with one of our recommended sales tax partners.

We maintain a list of vetted sales tax experts that can help with all things sales tax from registration assistance to general consulting and advice. These partners are familiar with the ins and outs of eCommerce sales tax and are here to help you.

Do you have questions about filing a sales tax return in Florida? Start the conversation in the comments.

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