Florida Corporation Taxes and Fees
You’ll need to pay certain taxes and fees for your Florida S Corp or C Corp. We’ve included the more common ones below.
Common Fees for a Florida Corporation
A yearly fee when you file your Annual Repo
These are the fees for creating or renewing your licenses and permits on a regular basis. These depend on the type of Florida corporation you’re operating and where you’re located.
Taxes Payable by Your Florida Corporation
The way that Florida S Corporations and C Corporations pay taxes is different. We’ll take each one separately.
Both S Corporations and C Corporations in Florida Need to Pay These Taxes
Your Florida corporation will need to pay employer payroll tax to the IRS on salaries paid to employees.
Florida does not have a state income tax.
Estimated Taxes for Your Florida Corporation
Most Florida corporations will need to pay estimated taxes throughout the year, depending on the amount of income and profit you expect to make. The most common types of estimated tax are:
- Federal income tax
- Federal self-employment tax
- Florida state tax
Most Florida S Corporations and C Corporations will pay estimated taxes four times a year. Speak to your accountant for more information.
Florida Corporation Employee Taxes and Insurance
You may also need to pay tax and insurance for any employees, like employee compensation insurance or unemployment tax. There will also be other requirements you have for employees.
Get more requirements from the Florida Department of Labor website.
Individuals Working for Florida Corporations Are Liable for These Taxes
Florida Corporation Earnings, Dividends and Distributions Are Subject to Federal Income Tax.
You will need to pay regular federal income tax when you file your tax return every year.
Florida S Corporations — Additional Tax Liabilities
In a Florida S Corporation, your earnings “flow through” from the business to your personal tax return. This means you must pay self-employment tax on those earnings at a rate of 15.3 percent. Note that you can deduct standard tax deductions and business expenses.
You will be able to deduct your business expenses from your income when working out how much self-employment tax you owe. Here are some examples of how much self-employment tax you may need to pay, depending on your earnings:
- On profits of $10,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $1,530
- On profits of $40,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $6,120
- On profits of $70,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $10,710
- On profits of $100,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $15,300
- On profits of $140,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $21,420
In some cases, part of the income from an S Corporation can be paid as a “distribution” rather than “salary,” so it would not be subject to self-employment tax.File Your Florida S-Corp Tax Election with Incfile
Taxes Payable by Florida C Corporations
Unlike the the Limited Liability Company and the S Corporation, a Florida C Corporation is required to file a corporate tax return and pay corporation taxes on any profits. When those taxed profits are paid to shareholders as dividends, they will also be subject to taxation on that individual’s tax return. This is known as “double taxation.”
Stock Dividends From C Corporations
A Florida C Corporation may pay shareholders dividends as a share of the profits of the company. The value of dividends that each shareholder is entitled to depends on how many shares they own.
Dividends that are distributed to shareholders are taxed twice: first at the corporate level as profit (on the corporation’s Form 1120) and again at the individual level as stock dividends (on the shareholder's Form 1040).
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