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What do new businesses need to know about tax laws?

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | Tax Law

When it comes to starting and running a business in Florida, entrepreneurs must navigate various tax laws to ensure their financial success.

One aspect is understanding business entity tax laws. The legal structure plays a key role in taxation.

The type of business entity matters

Florida offers several business entity options, each with its own tax implications. If you operate your business as a sole proprietorship, your business income equates to your personal income for tax purposes. This means you will report your business earnings on your personal tax return.

In a partnership, income and losses are typically passed through to the individual partners, who report their share on their personal tax returns. Florida does not impose a state-level income tax on partnerships. LLCs are popular in Florida due to their flexibility and limited liability protection. The state doesn’t impose income tax on LLCs, but members are subject to federal income tax.

The importance of complying with state and federal laws

Unlike many other states, Florida does not have a personal income tax, which can be a significant advantage for entrepreneurs. However, the state does have a state-level corporate income tax.

Regardless of your business entity type, you will still need to comply with federal tax laws. Entrepreneurs should be aware of federal tax obligations, including income tax, payroll tax and self-employment tax. The IRS is responsible for collecting federal taxes, and it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with their requirements.

As one of over 5 million businesses that form every year, owners have a lot on their plates. Factoring in taxes is an important step in achieving success.