New Business Tax Information

New businesses must obtain their local business tax receipt prior to engaging in their business, profession, or occupation. The amount of tax will vary according to business type and size. Businesses beginning after March 31st will pay a prorated fee. To register to pay the local business tax, telephone the Tax Collector’s Office at (352) 498-1213, or visit the Tax Collector’s Office at 214 NE 351 Hwy Suite A, Cross City.

The information needed to register for the local business tax includes, but is not limited to the following items:

(1) Business name; Owner(s) or President’s Name; Mailing Address; Physical Location of Business; Telephone Number(s); Social Security or Federal ID Number; and a copy of the Fictitious Name Registration, where applicable.

(2) For businesses regulated by the State of Florida or County Agencies, a copy of the documents provided by the state or county, as proof of your compliance, will be required with your registration for the local business tax.

Note: Registered or Certified Contractors, regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) whose business location is not located within Dixie County, would not be required to pay a business tax in Dixie County.

(3) If the business name used in your business, does not include the full first name, and last name of the business owner, the business name would be considered a Fictitious Name, and must be registered with the Florida Secretary of State’s Office, (850) 245-6059.

Note: Corporations are registered with the Florida Secretary of State, for information call, (850) 245-6052. Out of State corporations must register with the Secretary of State if they intend to use their corporate name. For information call (850) 245-6051.

(4) Social Security or Federal ID numbers are obtained from the US Internal Revenue Service. Toll Free Number 1-800-829-3676.

(5) Businesses that sell or serve food products must be inspected by either, the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, 1-800-435-7352, or The Florida Division of Hotel & Restaurant Commission, 1-800-226-5561 or (904) 727-5540. This inspection must be prior to obtaining a local business tax receipt. The Division of Hotel & Restaurant Commission is located at 7960 Arlington Expressway, Ste 350, Jacksonville, Florida 32211.

(6) To obtain a Florida Sales Tax Number, (resale number) contact the Florida Department of Revenue. Their Lake City Service Center is 1401 W. US HWY 90, Suite 100, Lake City Florida, 32055, (386) 758-0420

(7) State licensing requirements can be obtained by calling the Consumer Services Department1-800-435-7352.

(8) All businesses must file a Tangible Personal Property Tax Return, with the Property Appraiser, (352) 498-1212 before April 1st. Personal Property Taxes are assessed against your business equipment as of January 1st, and become payable in November. Taxes become delinquent if not paid by the following April 1st.
If you discontinue (close) your business, contact The Tax Collector’s Office (352) 498-1213 and The Property Appraiser’s Office (352) 498-1212.

If a change of ownership has taken place, the original tax receipt may be transferred to the new owner upon payment of a transfer fee of $3.25.

Any changes to an existing business must be reported to the Local Business Tax Department, in the Tax Collector’s Office (352) 498-1213.

Please include a copy of the business owner Florida Drivers License