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Report Requirement for Sellers of Alcoholic Beverages
or Tobacco Products to Florida Retailers

How is a seller defined under Section 212.133, Florida Statutes?

A seller is defined as any manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products who sells to a retailer in the state of Florida.

Why do sellers have to report?

Under Florida law, every seller of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products must file an information report of any sales of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products to any retailer in the state of Florida.

Reference: Section 212.133, Florida Statutes

What are the reporting requirements?

The information report is due annually on July 1 for the preceding reporting period of July 1 - June 30, and is delinquent if not received by September 30. Each information report must contain:

  1. The seller's name.
  2. The seller's beverage license or tobacco permit number.
  3. The retailer's name.
  4. The retailer's beverage license or tobacco permit number.
  5. The retailer's address, including street address, city, state, and ZIP code.
  6. The general item type, such as cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, beer, wine, spirits, or any combination of those items.
  7. The net monthly sales total, in dollars, sold to each retailer.

Sellers must submit the reports electronically using the Florida Department of Revenue secure website. Each seller receives a notice with their assigned user ID and password to access the Florida Wholesaler/Distributor Reporting System and should keep this information to use for future filings. After logging into the system, you may submit your report by entering your data or by importing a data file into the system. Please report any technical difficulties or if the site is not working properly.

The Department may annually waive the requirement to submit the information report through an electronic data interchange due to problems arising from the seller’s computer capabilities, data system changes, or operating procedures. The annual request for a waiver must be in writing, and the seller must demonstrate that such circumstances exist. A waiver does not relieve the seller from the obligation to file an information report. Send your written request to:

Florida Department of Revenue
Business Process Owner, Compliance Campaigns Process
Mail Stop 1-1411
5050 W Tennessee St
Tallahassee FL 32399-0130

What if I don't sell to retailers?

If you are a licensed wholesaler, distributor, or manufacturer who does not sell alcoholic beverages or tobacco products to retailers in Florida, you are not required to submit an annual report. However, submitting a zero report serves as notification to the Department and avoids a notice being sent to you inquiring why you did not file. Submitting a Zero Report is Easy:

  1. Login to the reporting site with the provided user ID and password.
  2. Fill in the requested information and indicate that you did not sell to retailers during the reporting period.
  3. Click on Next and then Submit.
  4. Save or print the confirmation page for your records.

How does this affect retailers?

Only sellers of alcohol and tobacco products are required to file this information report. Retailers should continue to report and pay sales and use tax electronically or by filing paper returns.

A retailer is defined as a person engaged in the business of making sales at retail and who holds a license pursuant to Chapters 561 - 565, Florida Statutes, or a permit pursuant to Chapters 210 and 569, Florida Statutes.