The Florida Department of Revenue requires a Fuel or Pollutants Tax Surety Bond for businesses involved in the production or importation of pollutants to have a license and a surety bond.
Pollutants include petroleum products, pesticides, ammonia, chlorine and solvents. Those that must register for a license include: fuel blenders, fuel carriers, fuel exporters, fuel importers, local government users of diesel fuels, mass transit system providers, pollutants, retailers of natural gas, terminal operators, terminal suppliers, and wholesalers.
Fuel or Pollutants Tax applicants need to apply with the Florida Department of Revenue e-services system and pay the license fee.The application process includes:
Complete a separate application for each business activity.
Complete the background check. Terminal suppliers, pollutants, importers, exporters, blenders, carriers, terminal operators, wholesalers, and retailers of natural gas must undergo a background check.
Businesses and individuals that will need a surety bond:
Each terminal supplier, exporter, wholesaler, pollutant or importer must file a bond with the Florida Department of Revenue before a license can be issued.
Other than an importer, the surety bond must equal three times the estimated average monthly gallons purchased times the total tax levied, not to exceed $100,000. An importer’s surety bond must equal 60 days of tax liability. The importers license does not have a maximum bond amount. If the average is less than $50, a surety bond is not required.
A separate surety bond is required for each product type. The surety bond ensures faithful compliance with the Florida statutory tax provisions.
The premium that you pay for a Florida Fuel or Pollutant Tax Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the bond amount required. Bond amounts over $50,000 will require personal and/or business financial statements.
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