The Sarasota County Business Tax is to be paid when a business begins operation and is in addition to any other fees paid to operate a business. The tax does not transfer so if you purchase a business you must register and pay the tax when you begin operation.
How to Register your Business
Businesses paying the tax for the first time need to complete a Registration for Sarasota County Business Tax form and contact our office to confirm the amount due. Our staff will assist in determining the correct category for your business, but you can get an idea of the fees from the fee schedule. First time registration and payment must be made by mail or in person. After the first year, the annual tax may be paid online, by mail or in person.
Exemptions May Apply
Under Florida law, some businesses and individuals may be exempt from paying the business tax following completion of an Application for Exemption. The applications are available here: Businesses or Individuals.
Other Requirements to know when Registering your Business
Additional State/Local Requirements
Businesses Located in a Municipality - Businesses located within city limits must also pay the business tax in the local municipality. Longboat Key, North Port, Sarasota, Venice
Tangible Personal Property Tax - Businesses are required to file a Tangible Personal Property Tax Return with the Property Appraiser.
Food Products - Businesses that sell food products must be inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the FDBPR Division of Hotels and Restaurants prior to paying the business tax.
Recycling - Businesses located in the unincorporated county are responsible for ensuring that the business complies with the Sarasota County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance.
Sales Tax - Businesses need to comply with any applicable sales tax requirements. To obtain a Florida Sales Tax Number, contact the Florida Department of Revenue.
Fertilizer - If your business involves the application of fertilizer, depending on your location, you may need to provide proof of completing an approved Best Management Practices training class.
Pain Management Clinics - There are additional requirements for Pain Management Clinics. Please call 941.861.8300, option 3 for more information.