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Any retailer who sells items subject to sales tax must first be approved for sales tax registration in her state. Once you have applied for your sales tax registration and receive your business license, you’re set up to start paying your sales taxes. There may be other business licenses, permits & tax forms to fill out, such as:

  • Certificate of Authority
  • Seller’s Permit
  • Resale Certificate

Find out from your state business licensing bureau what else is required for your type of business.

What Type of Business Needs Sales Tax Registration?

No matter if you’re a corporation, sole proprietor, or LLC, if you sell tangible items like the ones below, you have to pay sales tax:

  • Furniture
  • Gifts
  • Toys
  • Antiques
  • Clothing

If you sell services, you may not need a sales tax registration. There are also certain items that are exempt from sales tax, such as food in some states, so be sure what you sell is taxed.

Paying Your Sales Tax

Whether your state requires you to pay your sales tax annually, monthly, or quarterly, you’ll need to pay it on time to avoid penalty fees. As long as your sales tax registration information is up to date, you should be able to pay your sales tax easily. Many states offer the ability to pay it online.

California has a sales tax calculator that can help you determine how much you will owe each year, based on your annual sales. It’s a good idea to set aside money each month as a percent of your sales so that you have it saved for when it’s time to pay your sales tax.