How to Close a Business in Florida

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Businesses sometimes close their doors in Florida.
Businesses sometimes close their doors in Florida. (Image: Florida state contour with Capital City against blurred USA flag image by Stasys Eidiejus from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Businesses close for many different reasons in Florida. Some close because they lack financial income, and others close when business owners die or decide to concentrate their efforts on other plans. If you plan to close your business in Florida, avoid extra tax charges by officially notifying government agencies at the federal, state and local levels that your business is closing.

Contact the Florida Department of State and get a copy of the “Articles of Dissolution” form. This form allows you to notify the State of Florida that your business is closing.

Department of State Division of Corporations Corporate Filings Box 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 corphelp@dos.state.fl.us 850-245-6050

Complete the “Articles of Dissolution” form and send it to the Florida Division of Cooperation. Include the correct fee for filing, and obtain a certified copy or a Certificate of Status for an additional fee.

Contact the clerk’s office of the city or other jurisdiction where your business was located and notify them that your business has closed. The clerk's office will calculate any remaining taxes or bills due to the city and provide a final notice of bills for your business.

Go to the Internal Revenue Service website, IRS.gov, and follow the “Closing a Business” checklist. This ensures that your business venture is closed properly at the federal level as well as at the state level.

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