Becoming a Legally Established Professional Photographer
The PPGF is a professional photography organization.
To take full advantage of all the benefits available to our Professional
Membership category, you must provide a copy of your Sales Tax Certificate. If
you are just getting started in our industry and do not yet have a Sales Tax
Certificate, now is the time to get started.
The reason is simple. The PPGF is a “professional
photographer’s” association. In order to be classified as professional, you
must be able to sell your goods and services and in order to do that you must
be a legally established business.
You see, it’s a FELONY in the state of Florida to
operate a business selling a taxable product unless you have a Sales Tax
Certificate and possibly an Occupational License (city, county, or both) and/or
a Federal Employee ID Number (EIN).
Selling photographs without charging sales tax or
collecting sales tax without sending it to the Dept of Revenue in Tallahassee
is illegal. The DOR conducts periodic audits within the photographic industry
and you don’t want to be caught without the necessary legal documentation.
Go to the Getting Legal link of the Florida
Professional Photographers website for more information.