Q: Where and when can I apply for a local business tax receipt?
A: You may apply for a local business tax at the City of Madeira Beach between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at:
Madeira Beach City Hall
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, Florida 33708
Telephone: (727) 391-9951
Fax: (727) 399-1131
Q: What information will I need to know for a local business tax receipts?
The address of the property or the business
Whether the business intended has the proper zoning
Whether the use of the business will change
Whether the new or remodeled business will comply with the American Disabilities Act
Q: What will the Building Official look for in the first review?
A: Building Code Regulations: Determine whether proposed remodeling complies with the Building Code Regulations.
Fire Code Regulations: Determine whether you have installed a 2A-10BC Fire Extinguisher.
A licensed Extinguishing Company must service and tag this extinguisher. To learn how to install this fire extinguisher properly or whether you need more extinguishers, contact the Madeira Beach Fire Department at (727) 391-3400.
After you satisfy the zoning regulations and the fire and building-code requirements, you complete the application for local business tax.
Q: What other information do I need to know about getting a local business tax receipt?
A: The different types of services/products offered determine the fee.
If you need particular information, you can contact the Local Business Tax Department at (727) 391-9951.
The application review usually takes 2-3 working days but may vary depending on the inspection schedule.
The City grants a local business tax under the following conditions:
You have submitted all your documentation.
You have paid all fees.
All government agencies' inspections have been made and approved.
The City has approved your application.
Q: What if I want to operate a business out of my home?
A: The City permits a business to be run out of your home in a residential zone with limitations to protect the residential neighborhood. The home-based business must be clearly incidental to the residential use of your property. It must not subject your neighbors to negative impact, such as traffic.
You must get a local business tax before the start of a business or the practice of a profession.
Q: What other information may be of value?
A: Fictitious Name Act: If your business uses any name other than your own, you must register or re-register it under the Fictitious Name Act with the State of Florida, Division of Corporations in Tallahassee. This requirement does not apply to corporations. For filing procedures or questions call (850) 245-6058 or visit SunBiz.org.
State of Florida Hotel and Restaurant: Any business dealing with foods, pest control, and/or any health-affecting product or service, public swimming pools, individual sewage disposal facilities, trailer parks, bottled water plants, food processing plants, food outlets, and restaurants needs a Health Food Permit. The type of food business you have determines the agency that inspects your business. A list of those agencies follows:
State of Florida Hotel and Restaurant
1313 Tampa Street, No. 106
Tampa, Florida 33602
State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Food Safety Inspection
State Sales Tax: The State of Florida and Pinellas County collect a 7 percent retail sales tax on certain items. You must register with the State of Florida to collect this tax. For further information, contact:
The Department of Revenue
State Sales Tax Division
19337 U.S. 19 North, Suite 200
Clearwater, Florida 33764
Small Business Administration - Senior Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE): For further help and free counseling in your business and information and forms for State and Federal filing, check with one of the counselors at:
The Airport Business Center
4707 - 140th Avenue North, No. 311
Clearwater, Florida 33762
Bulk Sales Law: If you plan to purchase an established business, the law requires that each creditor must receive notice prior to the completion of the sale. In our county, you must publish a one-time intent of purpose a set number of days before completing the purchase. Consult your attorney or the Florida Department of Revenue representative for this procedure.
State Unemployment Insurance: This tax applies to both new and existing businesses with one or more employees. It assesses the wage of each employee. Employers must get information about liability from a local state-employment office. The employer files quarterly reports with:
Florida Department of Labor and Security
Division of Unemployment Compensation Tax
308 Caldwell Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0212
Tax and Field Service
2240 Belleair Road, No. 125
Clearwater, Florida 33764
(727) 538-7208, Fax - (727) 538-7254
Worker's Compensation: The Florida Department of Labor and Unemployment Security also handles worker’s compensation. A non-construction-related business that has four (4) or more employees requires worker’s compensation. For more information:
Division of Worker’s Compensation
Bureau of Compliance
9215 Florida North Avenue No. 107
Tampa, Florida 3612
Note: For compensation issues, go to Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security.
Employee/Employer’s Tax and Self Employment Tax: Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
9600 Koger Boulevard, Room 120
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702
Corporations: You apply only if your business is a corporation or if you plan to incorporate. Contact:
Division of Corporations
P.O. Box 6237
Tallahassee, Florida 32314
Working in Other Municipalities: If your business requires that you work in other municipalities, check with each municipality for its licensing ordinances.