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What is sales tax?

Sales tax is imposed on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, as well as taxable services. In other words a sales tax is a tax on the end-purchase of a good, so it normally does not apply if a sale is for re-sale or for subsequent processing. Sales tax normally a certain percentage that is added onto the price of a good or service that is 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.

Normally it is the consumers who are burdened with sales tax. The re-sellers on the other hand, are exempted from sales tax, provided they do not use the goods on which sales tax is levied.

What is sales tax id number?

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.

Other names : Sales tax id number also known as

  • Reseller permit
  • Sales tax vendor id number
  • Sales tax registration
  • Reseller tax id
  • Sales tax permit
  • Reseller certificate and
  • Sales tax exemption certificate
  • Certificate of authority
  • Sales tax ID number
  • State tax ID number

When should I get sales tax registration?

If your business is required to be registered as a sales tax vendor, you must obtain a sales tax permit (also known as sales tax vendor id number, reseller tax id) from the Tax Department. If you make taxable sales before you receive the sales tax exemption certificate, your business may be subject to substantial penalties.

Why should I get sales tax vendor ID number? (Reseller tax id)

You will need to collect Sales Tax if you are selling a product or offering a service that is taxable. The process of getting a Sales Tax ID is called obtaining a sales tax exemption certificate.

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 doors 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

How do I know what is taxable?

Nearly all tangible personal property transferred for value is taxable. This includes property purchased for lease or rent. Most goods, wares, and merchandise are taxable in united state. 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 is not taxable. You may write to the about the taxability of a specific item.

What should I do if I change my Organizational Structure?

If your business changes its organizational structure (for example, from a sole proprietorship to a corporation, a limited liability company, or a partnership), the new organization must register as a sales vendor and obtain a new reseller certificate for the new business before you begin operating under the new organizational structure. You must also file a final return for your existing business and surrender the sales tax permit or reseller permit that was issued to the previous business.

Display your sales tax registration 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.

Exempt states for sales taxes  

If you conduct business in the following states then you are exempted to collect sales tax.

Why should I collect sales tax from my client?  

Every business must collect sales tax on the items that are taxable including the sale of products and services by a business. These items also include the internet sales and catalog sales. Nexus or physical presence in the state you are operating is mandatory for collecting sales tax. READ MORE

How would I calculate sales tax ?  

For calculating sales tax, you need to identify the specific state sales tax rate as the sales tax differ from state to state, retail price of the item and then simply multiply the cost of the item with the sales tax rate. READ MORE

Difference between employer Id number and saled tax Id number?  

What is the difference between EIN and State ID Number?

Most frequently asked question by our callers is the difference between Employer Identification Number (EIN) and State Identification Number or also known as (Sales Tax Number). READ MORE

Sales tax on roaming services in New York States?  

Are the roaming services excluded from New York State and local sales taxes and the telecommunications excise tax under the federal Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act on the ground that they are provided to a customer with a place of primary use outside New York State? READ MORE

Excise tax on tanning services?  

WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service today issued regulations outlining the administration of a 10-percent excise tax on indoor tanning services that goes into effect on July 1. READ MORE

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