A good topic was brought up today in our DJ Forum by Amiel Acoedsetnom.
Does a DJ need a “DJ License” in order to perform or do business in South Florida?
According to Dade County Tax Collectors office 305.270.4949, there is None specific DJ License. There is a Business License that you can apply for but the word DJ does not appear anywhere in the license.
Tony ISP DJs mentioned,
As a dj Or dj company you must have a license.. First If you own a company you must register state of Florida and get a federal ID number. If you’re a dj with no company you can do a dba … Everyone operating in a specific county must have a license … Then in the county that you are operating for example Miami Dade County an occupational license in entertainment or services.. .. For example our company is register with the state of Florida we have a services license in Dade county and our office is in Doral and we have entertainment services license in Doral. With those I can do business in Broward and palm beach, They are not called dj permits they are called local sales tax license and They have different categories that fall in the entertainment or services category..
Jorge F. Milan mentioned,
I’m an accountant. DJs do not need a professional license. You should get a business license, but most home businesses do not bother obtain gone. Unless your neighbors or someone blows the whistle you are probably safe. If you are thinking of obtaining insurance you should get the business license. If you rent a facility your landlord will require one as well. Taxes and legal formation is a separate issue… All individuals or entities that receive funds for services must report the income and pay taxes.
If you need further help let me know. www.milanaccounting.com
Marcos Sendon Pro Disco DJs mentioned,
“The category is a “service” category, then when the license is generated, the sub category is then selected (DJ service). It may not say it on the card you hold, but it is clearly specified upon creation in the database and remains with that stipulation for as long as it remains active…”
Ralph Sosa Music Rev Mia mentioned,
This all applies if you have a business. If you don’t, you work subcontracted as 1099 individually and you present this during tax season. For one that has a home based business, the city and/or county requirements need to be met, if applicable. (Unincorporated Dade county, city of Miami, city of Hialeah, etc). If you have a business location, what ever applies based on location as mentioned above is applicable.
If you want to operate as a business, you can register your business with the State of Florida (sunbiz.org) and Either Incorporate or get and LLC. Then you get a business license, which then lets you get your EIN Number (Federal Tax ID), which lets your get a business checking account. You can also register as a DBA (Doing Business As)
I consider it a hobby not a business, after all it’s an art some people do pay for art however if you must get a business license then goto sun biz I paid for my first year but I lost more money reporting it then actually keeping it under the table. Call it what you will but a 1099 is no fun and Uncle Sam wants his money for the time and effort you invest. So in my opinion don’t do it. Team up with a party rental company (a legit one) and undergo through them.
We hope that this information has helped you in some way or another. We would love to hear from you, please write to us. email@example.com