In response to Hurricane Michael, the Florida Department of Revenue will follow the tax relief granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
regarding tax return due dates. For Florida corporate income tax filers affected by Hurricane Michael, the Department will extend payment due dates and due dates for filing the Florida corporate/franchise tax return. Florida corporate income/franchise tax returns originally due, or due on extension, between October 7, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are now due by March 15, 2019. For more information, please review the Department’s press release
issued on October 15, 2018.
Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, some taxpayers may be unable to file taxes timely. The Florida Department of Revenue will make every attempt allowed by law to work with affected businesses during this difficult time. On a case-by-case basis, the Department will work with tax filers who, despite good-faith efforts, are unable to file tax returns as required by law because of Hurricane Florence. Filing deadlines for taxpayers who are able to file will not change.
For Florida corporate income tax filers, the Department will follow the tax relief granted by the Internal Revenue Service regarding postponement of return due dates. Florida corporate income/franchise tax returns originally due, or due on extension, between September 7, 2018 and January 31, 2019 are now due February 15, 2019.
Taxpayers needing assistance should contact the Department to discuss their individual situation. To speak with a Department representative, call Taxpayer Services at 850-488-6800, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
Effective October 1, 2018, anyone who purchases or registers a motor vehicle qualifying for the Hope Scholarship Program in Florida may designate $105 of the state sales tax due at the time of purchase or registration to an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization participating in the Program. If the state sales tax due is less than $105, the designated amount would be the state sales tax due. Additional information about this and other tax credits for contributions to scholarship-funding organizations is available on the
Scholarship-Funding Organizations – Tax Credits for Contributions
Effective July 1, 2018, tenants of commercial rental properties are eligible to apply for an allocation under the new Florida Sales Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This program authorizes the tenant to receive a credit against the state sales tax due on rent or license fee payments for contributions paid to an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization. These credits may be taken against sales tax on rent or license fee payments beginning October 1, 2018. Additional information about this and other tax credits for contributions to scholarship-funding organizations is available on the
Scholarship Funding Organizations Tax Credits page.
The Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) nationally recognized the Florida Department of Revenue's SCORE partnership for its effectiveness and proactive approach to assisting taxpayers. The FTA 2018 Award was presented to Executive Director Leon Biegalski at the general session of the FTA Annual Meeting in June. SCORE is a nonprofit association of volunteer business counselors supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Department is proud to partner with SCORE to provide Florida businesses additional tools and resources to be successful.
Upcoming July SCORE Webinar: The Department will host a webinar titled "Use Tax and You: What businesses should know about Florida's most misunderstood tax" on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET in partnership with SCORE. During this live webinar, participants will learn the definition of use tax, how it differs from sales tax, how it applies to businesses, when it is due and why it is often discovered during audits. To register or view past webinars, visit floridarevenue.com/taxes/education.
It is important to safeguard against scams and fraudulent communications. If you are contacted by an individual or group claiming to be the Florida Department of Revenue and you suspect you have been targeted for a scam, contact the Department's Taxpayer Services at 850-488-6800 to verify the communication came from the Department of Revenue. You can also visit or contact a
If you file and pay taxes online, you can submit your electronic return before
the filing deadline and schedule the payment. Payment scheduling helps ensure
timely filing and payment and helps you avoid Internet connection or access
problems that may occur on the due date. Read more.
Do you owe unpaid or underpaid taxes? If the Department has not already contacted you about these liabilities, you can pay them under our voluntary disclosure program. In many cases, we will waive the penalties.