Gannon Has Sent Out Biz Tax Renewals

Tax Collector Anne Gannon recently announced that her office has mailed local business tax renewal bills to 104,102 businesses in Palm Beach County. Businesses can renew their local business taxes anytime between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Online payments can be made at E-checks and credit cards are accepted online. There is no charge for e-check payments. Credit card vendors charge a $2.35 convenience fee per transaction. Payments can also be made by mail or at a service center.

State agencies or commissions regulate approximately 37,000 Palm Beach County businesses. For this group of businesses, the law requires validation of state licensing or certification prior to renewing a local business tax receipt. These businesses should include a copy of their state license certification with their renewal if mailing or paying in person.

A change in requirements this year impacts seal coating and striping businesses. The Construction Industry Licensing Board of Palm Beach County ruled that all seal coating and striping services be performed by licensed contractors effective Jan. 1, 2013. Businesses in this industry must get a certificate of competency from the Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building Department.

The law requires every business selling merchandise or services in Palm Beach County, including one-person and home-based companies, to obtain a local business tax receipt. Businesses are required to display it in a location viewable to customers. For info., visit