The Florida state sales tax rate is 6 percent in 2015. Additionally, each county implements a discretionary sales surtax; therefore, the tax collected is more than 6 percent, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
State law mandates all businesses to collect tax on all taxable goods, defined as sales, admissions, rentals or storage. Businesses pay the tax on either a monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual basis, depending on the total amount of tax the business owes, notes the Florida Department of Revenue.
The tax burden in Florida for consumers is different from many other states because Florida has no state income tax. The sales tax paid on goods and services is the primary source of funding for the state government, says About.com.