Sales Tax Registration

Once you have determined that you need to register for sales tax, how do you actually accomplish that? As with all things sales tax related, the answer is “It depends”. It depends on which state you are registering with, as they are all similar but each has their differences. Just like the sales tax laws themselves!

Your starting point will be to visit the website of the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance, as it is known in New York, but may be known as the Department of Revenue in other states.

For your reference, a list of links to state sites has been provided below:

State Name

State Sales Tax Registration Website

Alabama

https://myalabamataxes.alabama.gov/_/

Alaska

No Sales Tax

Arkansas

https://atap.arkansas.gov/_/#7

Arizona

https://www.aztaxes.gov/Home/Page

California

http://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/

Colorado

https://www.colorado.gov/apps/jboss/cbe/

Connecticut

https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/TSC/Help-Text/Online-Registration-Application

D.C.

https://mytax.dc.gov/_/

Delaware

No Sales Tax

Florida

http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/eservices/Pages/registration.aspx

Georgia

https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/#2

Hawaii

https://hbe.ehawaii.gov/BizEx/home.eb

Iowa

https://www.idr.iowa.gov/CBA/start.asp

Idaho

https://www2.labor.idaho.gov/IBRS/ibr.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Illinois

https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/

Indiana

https://www.in.gov/dor/4336.htm

Kansas

https://www.kdor.ks.gov/apps/kcsc/login.aspx

Kentucky

https://onestop.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/

Massachusetts

https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/#2

Maryland

https://interactive.marylandtaxes.gov/webapps/comptrollercra/entrance.asp

Maine

https://www5.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/suwtaxreg/index

Michigan

https://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,9558,7-384--89978--,00.html

Minnesota

https://www.mndor.state.mn.us/tp/eservices/_/

Missouri

https://dor.mo.gov/registerbusiness/

Mississippi

https://tap.dor.ms.gov/_/

Montana

No Sales Tax

North Carolina

https://www.ncdor.gov/taxes-forms/business-registration/online-business-registration

North Dakota

https://apps.nd.gov/tax/tap/_/

Nebraska

http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/tax/current/fill-in/f_20.pdf

New Jersey

https://www.njportal.com/DOR/BusinessRegistration/

New Hampshire

No Sales Tax

New Mexico

https://tap.state.nm.us/tap/_/

Nevada

https://www.nevadatax.nv.gov/#

New York

https://www.ny.gov/?utm_medium=301&utm_source=licensecenter.ny.gov

Ohio

https://www.tax.ohio.gov/online_services/ohio_business_gateway_2_0.aspx

Oklahoma

https://oktap.tax.ok.gov/OkTAP/Web/_/

Oregon

No Sales Tax

Pennsylvania

https://www.pa100.state.pa.us/

Rhode Island

https://www.ri.gov/taxation/BAR/

South Carolina

https://dor.sc.gov/mydorway

South Dakota

https://apps.sd.gov/rv23cedar/main/main.aspx

Tennessee

https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/registration.html

Texas

https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxpermit/

Utah

https://secure.utah.gov/account/log-in.html

Virginia

https://www.ireg.tax.virginia.gov/VTOL/tax/Login.xhtml

Vermont

https://tax.vermont.gov/business-and-corp/register-renew-close-business

Washington

http://bls.dor.wa.gov/

Wisconsin

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/Businesses/New-Business-home.aspx

West Virginia

http://tax.wv.gov/Documents/TaxForms/busapp.booklet.pdf

Wyoming

https://excise-wyifs.wy.gov/

As you can see in the table above, many states have online portals where you can create an account to register for sales tax, file your sales tax returns online, respond to notices and check account status. Others will have forms for you to download and complete. Some may charge a registration fee, while others will not.

What can you expect from all of the states you register with? You need to gather and have ready basic information about your company as you complete the registration process. This includes:

  • Business name, address, date of formation
  • Form of business (corporation, partnership, sole proprietor)
  • Members/owners/shareholders names and addresses
  • Business activity (what do you sell? When did you start selling it in that state?)

You can expect an average wait time of about 7-10 business days to receive confirmation of your registration. Filing online will produce faster results than paper filing. Using a state portal, where available, may be faster yet.

The process can be tedious, but it is important. The good news is that most states, eager for you to register, have help lines you can call to get assistance with the registration process, if necessary. Once you know you need to register, it’s best not to procrastinate.

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