- My business qualifies for an exemption, and I received my renewal notice; how do I renew?
If a business meets certain requirements; they are exempt from paying the Local Business Tax; however they still need the Local Business Tax Receipt. You will complete the renewal online and provide any updated licensing that may apply to the business. If all the correct documentation is uploaded; staff will issue the renewed license and email you the renewed Exempt License. You can also call or email customer service staff for help renewing an exempt license at 561-791-4000 or BTR@Wellingtonfl.gov.
- I will be charging sales tax for my services. How to I obtain a Sales Tax Number?
Contact the Florida Department of Revenue’s Website or by calling 561-640-2800 for sales tax information.
- How long does it take to get a Local Business Tax Receipt?
Local Business Tax Receipts are issued within 3 to 5 business days, upon presentation of the application and any pertinent documentation that may be required, such as proof of State Licensing, if required, if the nature of your business is regulated by State or Local certification.
- How much does a Local Business Tax Receipt cost?
The taxes are based on the business category, ranging from $100.00 to $2,500.00. Some classifications determine the tax by the number of employees, number of seats, inventory at cost, number of merchandise machines, rental units, etc. Please refer to Ordinance 2012-14 for the full fee schedule or contact customer service staff with specific pricing questions 561-790-4000.
- I am using a Fictitious Name (Doing Business As), how do I register it with the State Of Florida?
If you are using a Fictitious Name, you must have that name registered with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. Filing for a fictitious name is done through the Divisions of Corporations. Applications are available online at The Florida Division of Corporations Website.
- Which one do I get first, The Wellington Local Business Tax Receipt or Palm Beach County Local Business Tax Receipt?
The Palm Beach County application is required to be submitted as part of Wellington's application. Upon intake, Zoning will review the application for compliance with Wellington Land Regulations (LDR) for the "use" at the proposed location. If approved, staff will sign-off on the County application, process and issue the Wellington Local Business Tax Receipt and send both documents to the applicant. It is then the applicant’s responsibility to register their business with Palm Beach County’s Local Business Tax Office. For more information, contact their office using the Palm Beach County Business Tax Office Website or call 561-355-2264 . Applicant is required to submit the signed PBC application and any other documents required to register the business with Palm Beach County’s business tax office.
- Does Wellington staff send the signed Palm Beach County application to their office for business owners?
Wellington does not send the signed application to Palm Beach County’s tax collector office to register your business. It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply with Palm Beach County’s Business Tax Office once they’ve been issued a Wellington Business Tax Receipt.
- Why do I need a Wellington Local Business Tax Receipt and a Palm Beach County Local Business Tax Receipt?
A local business tax shall grant the privilege of engaging in or managing all businesses, professions, or occupations within the Village. Business Tax Receipts are issued by the Tax Collector’s Office for the privilege of operating a business in Palm Beach County. Any person doing business within the Village of Wellington’s jurisdiction needs a Wellington Local Business Tax Receipt. Businesses will also need to obtain a county license from Palm Beach County Tax Collector. The Local Business Tax Receipt is a tax imposed for the privilege of doing business in both the municipality and the county in which the business is located. Any person who provides merchandise, entertainment, or services to the public, even if only a one-person company or home-based business, must obtain a Local Business Tax Receipt to operate.
- Is Wellington’s Local Business Tax Receipt all that I need?
Depending on the type of business or profession, and the location of your business, you may need State, Professional and County Licenses. Contact Customer Service for more information 561-791-4000.
- How do I apply for an Exempt Local Business Tax Receipt?
If you believe your business qualifies for an exemption, please submit the appropriate proof for the specific exemption, along with any required documents and your Wellington Business Tax receipt Application to apply. **See Exemptions tab for more information**
- If I have a Local Business Tax Receipt and move to a new location, change business name or ownership, do I need a new Local Business Tax Receipt?
Yes. You must submit a new application anytime you make one of the above changes so customer service staff can update the business profile and invoice any applicable fees.
- Can a P.O. Box or Personal Mail Box (PMB) be used to register for the business tax receipt?
No, these addresses are not legal “street” addresses; they are considered “mailing” addresses and cannot be used to register for a business tax receipt. Per the Florida Division of Corporations Website the principal business address must be a street address. They take the information provided on business registrations at face value and do not have anyway to determine if the provided address is a street address or not.
- Can a Virtual Office/Shared Office address be used to register for the business tax receipt?
Yes, as long as the address is a legal “street” address and not a P.O. Box or Personal Mail Box (PMB). If you are unsure if the address will qualify as a .PO. BOX or Personal Mail Box (PMB) please contact our office for confirmation.
- How do I renew my Local Business Tax Receipt?
Renew in person at our office at:
12300 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, FL 33414
If mailing your renewal, please mail to:
Attention: Business Tax Receipt
12300 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, FL 33414
Renew online by logging into your account on our Customer Self-Service Website and selecting the “renew license” option on your dashboard.
See the Renew My Business Tab for instructions on how to register your business