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Tax Talk



July 2019, Volume 14, Issue 7

Dear Friends,

Summer is officially here bringing outdoor fun and adventure. In a few weeks, our coastline will be filled with lobster hunters catching crustaceans during mini lobster season. Don’t forget a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit are required.
You can purchase these items online at

If you’re a business owner, it’s time to renew your local business tax receipt. Avoid the line and pay online from July 1 through September 30. If you’re thinking about opening your own business, I’ll share some tips on navigating the local business tax process.

As a reminder, our offices are closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. I hope you enjoy local festivities and take time to reflect on the freedom and liberties we all hold dear.


Anne M. Gannon

Ask Anne: What are the Local Business Tax Requirements for New and Existing Business Owners?

If you are considering hanging your own “open for business” sign, our office is here to help! This month, I answer some frequently asked questions about local business tax. 

Anne, who is required to pay local business tax?
Anyone in Palm Beach County who provides merchandise or services,
including internet-based or home-based businesses, must have a local business tax receipt.
A local business tax receipt is issued when local business tax is paid. The receipt is renewed annually July 1 - September 30 for the life of the business.

How do I apply for a local business tax receipt?
Step 1: Download an application at The application includes a section for zoning approval from the planning and zoning department of the municipality/city or unincorporated area
where the business will be located.
Step 2: Attach a copy of the fictitious name registration (filed with the state) and state/county certifications/license (if applicable).
Step 3: Submit your application along with required documents and fees in person at one of our offices or mail to Palm Beach County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 3353, West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3353.

What is the fee for a business tax receipt?
Fees are based on the type of business. The most common fee is $33 for businesses with 10 employees or less. To ensure that you are paying the correct amount, check our website or email us at

Unclaimed Money Could Be Waiting For You

Every year, many of our clients fail to cash checks issued by our agency. We make several attempts by U.S. mail to inform clients of their unclaimed funds.

Good news! We now post a list of clients with unclaimed funds on our website, making it possible for you to find out if you have money due. We update this list each month.
Visit the “Help & Resources” section of to view the list. Follow the instructions on our website to file a claim with our agency.

Employees Provide Much Needed Supplies
to Hundreds of Local Students

The generosity of our employees was in full bloom this past spring, when they donated 7,616 hygiene items totaling approximately $3,900 in support of the local nonprofit Living Hungry.
During the monthlong supply drive, employees collected travel size toiletries, washcloths and hygiene products. Employees used these items to prepare more than 600 hygiene kits,
which were distributed to homeless schoolchildren throughout our community.

Living Hungry CEO Maura Plante and her staff distributed the kits to needy students in Palm Beach County schools. In a thank you letter to Tax Collector Anne Gannon,Plante wrote,
“Because you care, 363 homeless children and teenagers at 12 different schools will shower with dignity and feel refreshed this summer, no matter where they lay their heads to sleep.”

One middle school student, who is recently homeless, could not stop smiling after he received the supplies. “Thank you for believing in our children,
helping them feel safe and have the basics in their lives,”
said Jodi Haugen, a teacher at Lake Worth Middle School.

Living Hungry is one of two organizations employees selected to support this year and in 2020. Employees are also supporting Families First of Palm Beach County.

Every dollar raised and every item donated comes directly from employees of the Tax Collector’s Office.

Helping You Plan Ahead

July 1 Local business tax collection begin 
July 1 New laws passed in 2019 Florida Legislative Session become effective
July 4 Independence Day – offices closed
July 24-25 Lobster mini season

Do you have a birthday this month? Privately owned vehicle registrations expire at midnight on the first owner’s birthday. Renew your registration for motor vehicles, mobile homes, motorcycles or vessels at

If you have trouble renewing online make sure your insurance information is up to date and there are no stops, holds or violations on your driver license.

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