When starting a business, there are many things to consider. An important first step is to register at the state level. In Florida, this is done at SunBiz.org. Many business owners don’t know that it is also important to register locally (at both the County and City level) and obtain your Local Business Tax Receipts.
Simply put, a Local Business Tax (LBT) is an annual fee that allows business owners to operate locally. It is not the ONLY document that is required to legally operate but it is an important one!
Whether you are starting a home-based business or opening a physical location, it is recommended that you pay the local business tax before starting business operations.
Depending on where your business is located within Miami-Dade County, you will most likely need a business tax at both the County and City level. For example, if you live in the City of Homestead, you will need a business tax for both Miami-Dade County AND the City of Homestead.
However, if your business is located in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County, you only need one business tax from the County since you are not located within a City.
Keep in mind that not all cities operate the same way, so be sure to check with your local city for more details on what is required.
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Before you pay your local business tax in Miami, make sure you have registered your business with the State of Florida (SunBiz.org). When completing the forms, you can expect to need the following information:
If your business operates within a City, contact your City directly or visit their website to find additional information on how to obtain the local tax receipt.
It might take a few weeks to gather the required paperwork and submit your application, so make sure to apply well in advance of your opening day.
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Updated August 15, 2023