I live in Florida and, from what I have been reading about the sales tax laws (and someone please correct me if I’m wrong!) it’s required to collect sales tax at the shows. In order to do that, you need to obtain some type of sales tax permit, which you can only do if you have an official business.
I am just starting out and, in addition to art shows, I am hoping to open my own photography studio in a year or so. I was told the best way to go about this is to register as a sole proprietor right now so I can get the sales tax permit.
It seems way to early for me to even think about registering as an official business, but I don’t see another way. Given that I don’t plan on opening any type of studio until a year from now, is it still only to register a a sole pro proprietor this soon? I plan to do art festivals on a pretty routine basis, but that doesn’t feel like a business to me.
Is anyone else just starting out or can give me some guidance. (Don’t worry, I know no one can give legal or business advice, I’m just looking for a little insight)
(also, I know I posted a similar question, but I took everyone’s advice and did more research and I’m still a bit confused)