WHAT IS SALES TAX?

Sales tax is a tax on the end-purchase of a product or a service, and is imposed on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, and on some services that are considered taxable. Sales tax normally does not apply on the purchase of a product intended for re-sale or for subsequent processing. Sales tax is usually represented by a certain percentage added onto the price of a good or service that is being purchased. Your sales tax responsibilities as a new business owner, whether you start a business or buy an existing business, will vary depending on the type of organization or entity you operate. Besides state level, estimation of sales tax is also done on municipal or county levels. Payment of state sales tax depends on your sales and your state’s regulations. Sales tax is intended to be applied on the end user of the product/service, so normally it is the consumers who are burdened with it. The re-sellers on the hand are exempted from it, provided they do not use the goods on which sales tax is levied.

SOME STATES DON’T HAVE SALES TAX. THOSE STATES ARE:
  • Alaska

  • Delaware

  • Montana

  • New Hampshire

  • Oregon

WHAT IS SALES TAX VENDOR ID?

Sales Tax ID Number or Sales Tax Exemption Certificate is a legal document issued by the state. This Certificate of Authority gives your business the authority to collect the required sales and use taxes, and to issue appropriate sales tax exemption documents, including resale certificates used for purchasing inventory.

SALES TAX ID NUMBER IS ALSO KNOWN BY OTHER NAMES:
  • Reseller Permit

  • Sales Tax Vendor ID Number

  • Sales Tax Registration

  • Reseller Tax ID

  • Sales Tax Permit

  • Sales Tax Exemption Certificate

  • Certificate of Authority

  • State Tax ID Number

  • Reseller Certificate

WHEN SHOULD I GET SALES TAX ID?

When selling a product or offering a service that is taxable, you will need to collect sales tax. Your State Tax ID Number authorizes you to collect sales tax on your taxable sales. Once you receive your State Tax ID Number you are considered to be in business even if you never make a sale or never open the door of your establishment. It is therefore important that you file your sales tax returns on time, even if you did not have any taxable sales during the reporting period, to avoid being subject to penalties for not filing

CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

If your business changes its organizational structure (for example from Sole Proprietorship to Corporation, LLC, or Partnership), the new organization must register as a new sales vendor and obtain a new organizational structure. You must also file a final return for your existing business and surrender the old sales tax permit.

DISPLAYING YOUR SALES TAX CERTIFICATE

You must prominently display your sales tax registration certificate at your place of business. If you have no permanent physical location you can attach it to your truck, cart, wagon, stand, or other vehicle or facility from which you conduct business

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS TAXABLE?

Nearly all tangible personal property transferred for value is taxable. In the US most goods, wares, and merchandise are taxable, as well as property purchased for lease or rent. Services associated with the sale of tangible personal property may also be taxable. Only installation and repair/reconditioning service is not taxable if it is separately stated on the invoice. Most food purchases of unprepared or uncooked food are not taxable.

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