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
Fees for forming a corporation in Florida: Learn about standard filing costs here for FL corporations.
Florida State Annual Report Fee: A yearly fee when you file your annual report.
Florida Permits and Licenses: 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.
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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
Payroll Tax Payable to the IRS
Your Florida corporation will need to pay employer payroll tax to the IRS on salaries paid to employees.
Florida State Income Tax
Florida does not have a state income tax.
Florida State Sales and Use Tax
If your FL corporation is selling products or services in Florida, you may need to pay a state sales tax. Find out more on the Florida Department of Revenue website.
Other Taxes in Florida
You may need to pay other taxes and fees depending on the type of Florida corporation you run. Find out more on the Florida Department of Revenue website.
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:
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.
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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%. Note that you can deduct standard tax deductions and business expenses.
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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.
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Taxes Payable by Florida C Corporations
Florida C Corporations must file corporate tax returns with the IRS and pay corporation taxes on their profits. Shareholders must also pay tax on dividends received from a Florida C Corporation, which does result in “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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