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What happens if I don't pay my Tampa City Business License?

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Pursuant to State Law, Tampa City business license taxes are due and payable July 1st, and may be paid during the months of July, August, and September without penalty. After September 30th penalties will accrue at a rate of 10% for October and 5% for each additional month, not to exceed 25%. However, in addition to the above penalties, $250 may be assessed if license is delinquent after January 1st of each year.

A 25% penalty shall be imposed on any person engaged in any new business, occupation or profession without first obtaining a City of Tampa Business License.

Please note that this license is a business tax only. It does not permit the licensee to violate any existing regulatory or zoning laws of the state, county or cities, nor does it exempt the licensee from any other license or permits that may be required by law.

Why should I join/what are the benefits?

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 Join because you want a safer community for your business and employees. The benefits are simple: communication with other businesses, community officer flyer (with officers’ cell numbers and a text number for discreet, yet efficient contact). 

If I have a house, apartment, rooming house, etc that I rent do I need a Business Tax Receipt ?

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The City of Tax Code requires that property owners and/or agents operating any of the above with the object for private gain, benefit or advantage, either direct or indirect, obtain a Business Tax Receipt and pay the required business taxes.

Application for business taxes (not rental certificates) may be made by using our Business Tax New Business Application Service

Rental Certificate registration and inspection questions should be directed to 813-274-5545.

What can I do if my service is discontinued or interrupted for non-payment?

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Discontinuation and interruption of water, wastewater and solid waste services for non-payment is initiated through the Credit and Collections Section of Tampa City. To reinstate service, please refer to the tag left at your property or contact the Credit and Collections Section regarding the payment amount required to restore service. Payments for delinquent and discontinued accounts can be made online. 

If you make a payment on a discontinued account online or by phone, please contact us at (813) 274-8811, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to confirm your payment has been received. Provide the Customer Service Representative with the date of payment, the payment confirmation number and the amount paid. Following payment confirmation, service will be restored within 24 hours. 

Payments made on weekends and holidays can be confirmed on the next business day. 

How often am I billed for Tampa City Utilities?

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Tampa City Utility Bills are mailed monthly. Once your account is established you will receive your bill at approximately the same time each month. 

Why did I receive a final notice in the mail?

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City of Tampa Utilities sends notification to our customers who have not paid the balance due on their account by the bill due date as a reminder that payment is due.

What should I do if I cannot pay my utility bill?

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Your monthly utility bill in Tampa, Florida is due when rendered and delinquent after the due  date. If you are going to have trouble making payment, request a payment extension or payment arrangement online at utilities.tampagov.net  or contact the Utilities Call Center at (813) 274-8811 to see what arrangements can be made to avoid an interruption of service. 

What is the process to dispute a parking citation in Tampa, Florida?

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Any person who wishes to contest the validity of a parking citation may  request a court hearing by contacting the City of Tampa Parking  Division. All requests must be made within seven (7) calendar days of the date of the infraction. Upon such request, a summons for court  appearance will be issued to confirm the time and date of the court hearing.

You may request a review or hearing for your citation.  On the request page, select the Appeal Citation link. If you do not  have a registered account with the Parking Division, please look under  "New Customer" and select "Create a new account". Once registered you  can then submit for a dispute or appeal. Emailed disputes and appeals will NOT be accepted. ALL disputes and appeals must be filed through our  online systems.

When contacting the City to request a review or hearing,  you will need to provide the following information:

  • Copy of the original ticket with citation number
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver's license
  • Daytime phone number
  • Email address

Can I pay delinquent taxes in installments?

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If you don't pay your property taxes by the due date then your taxes will become delinquent and you will be charged a penalty. You can not pay the delinquent tax in installments. Although you can make partial payments before the due date but not after delinquency.

Can I pay my property tax in installments?

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Yes, you can make partial payments if you can't pay your tax in full. There are some conditions that need to be met to prepare the partial payment plan. Please visit the county's website to get more information.

Am I qualifying for any tax exemption?

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The tax appraiser of Hillsborough County deals with the tax xemptions. They will provide you exemption applications and details. Please contact the property Appraiser's office at (813) 272-6100 or visit their website for more details.

How do I apply for Medicaid in Florida online?

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 Individuals may apply for assistance online at: www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ Additional information about Medicaid for low income families is available in the Family-Related Medicaid Fact Sheet. 

How long does it take to get approved for Medicaid in Florida?

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approximately 2-3 weeks

It takes approximately 2-3 weeks to get a Medicaid card after your case is approved

What are the requirements to get Medicaid in Florida?

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 To be eligible for Florida Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of Florida, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income

Is it hard to get Medicaid in Florida?

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 About 3.7 million people in Florida are eligible for Medicaid in Florida, and about 219,000 Florida children are enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as of June 2020. Income limits to qualify for Medicaid in Florida are very low, and most adults who don't have children aren't eligible to enroll. 

Who is eligible to register to vote?

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To be eligible to register to vote you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be a legal resident of Florida;
  • Be a legal resident of the county in which you seek to be registered;
  • Be at least 16 years old to preregister or at least 18 years old to register and vote;
  • Not be a person who has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored; and,
  • Not be a person who has been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored.

Can I receive benefits in Florida if I am placed on part-time work?

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If your employer reduces your hours against your will, you may be eligible for partial benefits. If you are earning less than $275 in gross earnings per week, you can file a claim to determine if you would be eligible to receive partial payments.  

What is Reemployment Assistance?

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The State of Florida's Unemployment Insurance was rebranded with the name Reemployment Assistance to reflect the comprehensive goal of assisting Floridians find work during periods of unemployment through monetary assistance when eligible and training through Florida’s CareerSource centers.  

How/Where do I file a claim for unemployment benefits in the State of Florida?

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You can file a claim online via Florida’s CONNECT claims system by clicking the FILE NOW button above.  

If you cannot file a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities you may call 1-800-681-8102. Your claim can be filed by phone 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday.  

When do employment benefit claims begin in Florida?

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 Your claim is effective Sunday of the week you complete your application. By the Florida state law, the first week of a claim for which you would have been eligible for payment is an unpaid week. This week is considered your “waiting week.”  

Who pays for my Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits?

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Florida employers pay for RA through a tax managed by the Florida Department of Revenue. It is one of the employer's business costs. Workers do not pay reemployment taxes.  

How are my unemployment benefits calculated in the State of Florida?

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The wages used to determine your benefit amounts are the first four of the last five calendar quarters.

For example, Claims filed in October 2019 use wages earned between 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2019.

Once the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has the wages on record, they verify the following to determine if you are eligible for benefits:

  • $3400 minimum gross earnings during base period.
  • You must have a minimum of two quarters of covered wages.
  • Total base period gross wages must be more than 1.5x the highest wage quarter.

Once they complete those checks, the last steps are simple:

  • Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
    WBA is the highest quarter divided by 26 OR the weekly amount $275, whichever is less
  • Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
    MBA is your total base period wages divided by 4 OR the yearly maximum, whichever is less

What is the maximum amount of unemployment benefits I can receive in the State of Florida?

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Florida maximum benefits adjust every year based on the previous year’s unemployment rates.

2019 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks                   
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275            
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300    

2020 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300

Please note that these can be adjusted in times of severe events & you will need to check with the DEO if there are any changes. 

Does the State of Florida offer any expedited processing of Unemployment Insurance due to Coronavirus COVID-19?

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the waiving of the requirement to wait a week to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits through May 8, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive the support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19.

Who should be paying Franchise Taxes in Florida?

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  • All corporations (including tax-exempt organizations) doing business, earning income, or existing in Florida.
  • Every bank and savings association doing business, earning income, or existing in Florida.
  • All associations or artificial entities doing business, earning income, or existing in Florida.
  • Foreign (out-of-state) corporations that are partners or members in a Florida partnership or joint venture. A "Florida partnership" is a partnership doing business, earning income, or existing in Florida.
  • A limited liability company (LLC) classified as a corporation for Florida and federal income tax purposes is subject to the Florida Income Tax Code and must file a Florida corporate income/franchise tax return.
  • An LLC classified as a partnership for Florida and federal income tax purposes must file a Florida Partnership Information Return (Form F-1065)  if one or more of its owners is a corporation. In addition, the  corporate owner of an LLC classified as a partnership for Florida and federal income tax  purposes must file a Florida corporate income/franchise tax return.
  • A single member LLC disregarded for federal and  Florida income tax purposes is not required to file a separate Florida  corporate income tax return. The income must be reported on the owner’s return if the single  member LLC is owned, directly or indirectly, by a corporation. The  corporation must file a Florida corporate income/franchise tax return, reporting its own income and  the income of the single member LLC, even if the only activity of the  corporation is ownership of the single member LLC.
  • Homeowner and condominium associations that file the U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return (Federal Form 1120) must file Florida Corporate Income/Franchise Tax Return (Form F-1120) or the Florida Corporate Short Form Income Tax Return (F-1120A) regardless of whether any tax may be due. If you file the U.S. Income Tax Return for Homeowners Associations (Federal Form 1120-H), you are not required to file a Florida return.
  • Political organizations that file Federal Form 1120-POL.
  • S corporations that pay federal income tax on Line 22c of Federal Form 1120S.
  • Tax-exempt organizations that have "unrelated trade or business income" for federal income tax purposes are subject to Florida corporate income tax and must file either Form F-1120 or Form F-1120A.

What is the due date for filing franchise taxes in Florida?

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Corporate income tax is reported using a Florida Corporate Income/Franchise Tax Return  (Florida Form F-1120). Corporations must file Florida Form F-1120 each year, even if no tax is due. The due date is based on the corporation’s tax year.

Generally, Florida Form F-1120 is due the later of:

  1. For tax years ending June 30, the due date is on or before the 1st day of the 4th month following the close of the tax year; or For all other tax year endings, the due date is on or before  the 1st day of the 5th month following the close of the tax year (e.g., Florida Form F-1120 is due on May  1, 2017, for a taxpayer with a taxable year end date of December 31, 2016).      
  2. The 15th day following the due date, without extension, for the filing of the related federal return for the taxable year.

What is the penalty for late payment of Franchise Taxes in Florida?

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If you file your return or pay tax late,  a penalty of 10% of any unpaid tax for each 30 days or fraction  thereof, not to exceed a total penalty of 50% of unpaid tax, is charged. If no tax is due,  the penalty for a late filed return is $50 per month or fraction thereof, not to exceed $300. A floating rate of interest applies to  underpayments and late payments of tax. Interest rates can be found on the Department's Tax and Interest Rates webpage.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the list of all Community Health Centers in Florida?

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Florida’s Community Health Centers deliver high-quality, community-based comprehensive health care services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. With 600-plus locations statewide, Community Health Centers serve more than 1.6 million patients every year, ensuring that all Floridians receive the health care they need in a way that’s economical for taxpayers.

You can find the list of all Community Health Centers here. Alternatively, you can search for them by your address here: https://www.fachc.org/find-a-health-center#/

Are there any toolkits from the State Department of Health?

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You can access the list of all official toolkits from Florida State DOH here

How to Renew Business License Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Business License Online here.

How to Pay Utility Bill Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Utility Bill Online here.

How to Pay Parking Citation Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Parking Citation Online here.

How to Pay Parking Ticket Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Parking Ticket Online here.

How to Pay Property Taxes Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Property Taxes Online here.

How to Apply for Medicaid Online Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Medicaid Online Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online here.

How to Pay Franchise Taxes Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Franchise Taxes Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Traffic Citation Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Driver License Renewal Online in the City of Tampa?

You can access all the information on how to Driver License Renewal Online here.

How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Tampa?

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