Sales Tax 101 Sales Tax Permits

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Amazon FBA States

by Mark Faggiano

Amazon warehouses October 2016

Updated October 24, 2016

Sellers who use Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon service are required to collect and remit sales tax in any states where their inventory has been stored.

For many FBA sellers, this means they must collect and remit sales tax in their home state plus the ever-growing number of states that have both Amazon Fulfillment Centers and a sales tax.

Getting registered for these sales tax permits can be a very time consuming process. First you have to find the state’s taxing authority and fill out an application in a timely manner. Some states even consider collecting sales tax without a permit to be a crime!

To make this process a little easier, we’ve put together this handy guide to filing for a sales tax permit in all FBA states.

Click on the state name below to find out how to register for a sales tax permit in that state:

Arizona

California

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Maryland

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Nevada

New Jersey

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia (While Virginia has 2 Amazon fulfillment centers, the Virginia Department of Taxation has ruled that solely using a fulfillment center in Virginia does not create sales tax nexus. Find out more here.)

Washington

Wisconsin

Have a question about nexus or getting registered for a sales tax permit? Start the conversation below in the comments!

And for sales tax permit registration tips and advice from sellers just like you, join our Sales Tax for eCommerce Sellers Facebook Group.

  • Ken Rodriguez

    Hi Mark, Great posts on taxes! I’ve learned a ton. One day could you make a blog post about buying goods from manufacturers. For instance: My company is based in GA and the manufacturer that makes the product I sell is in CA. If I sell to someone in CA, do I still have to pay CA sales tax? I have no presence there other than the company making my product.

  • CyPrice

    We only need to collect and remit for the states where our inventory is stored. Correct? This kinda implies that I’m responsible for sales tax for all states where there is a warehouse.

    • Correct. Inventory will cause nexus and cause you to have to collect. Employees, salespeople and a storefront can also cause nexus.

      • CyPrice

        I attempted to register for the permits for three states: TN, CA, and PA. Thank you for the helpful blog posts. Hopefully, I will hear something soon.

  • TJ

    Where is Delaware? I know they don’t have sales tax, but neither does Nevada and it’s listed on the post.

  • David

    Hi, this doesn’t seem so daunting after checking out each states requirements. For the most part, registering is a one time event, and most states are free. Then you can use software to load all transactions and they can spit out your tax obligations by state.

    My question is this, do I need to register my business in each state where I have a nexus? My main LLC is in Washington, and I obviously have a business license here. Do I need to actually get a business license in all these states? Or just the sales tax permit? I know Cali charges $800 per year for a licenses, and that would not be OK.

    • Hi David – For the most part you’d register for a sales tax license. You woulnd’t have to register your business in those states.

  • Emily

    Hi Mark,

    Your website has been very helpful for me as I am new to FBA. Do I register for a business license in addition to a Sales Tax Permit? If so, is that only for the state I reside in or for every state I have nexus in?

    Thank you!

    • In general you’re required to get a sales tax permit or license in any state you have nexus. That permit allows you to collect sales tax. The links above detail what’s required for each state.

  • larric

    Hi,
    Question if I use your services. it will automatically send my taxes to each agency? Also do you guys provide assistance with obtaining a seller permit?

    • Yes, we can automatically send your tax returns to more than half of the states in the US (with more coming soon). We can assist you with permits as well.

  • Michelle Crawford

    Hi Mark, I’m FBA and I need to clarify something. Will I have to register for a tax permit/license in the non program cities of the states that I have nexus as well, like for example Phoenix. (I believe Phoenix is a non program city right?) Or….Hopefully it’s more simple than that, and I just have to register soley in the states where I have Nexus?
    Thanks,
    Michelle

    • Hi Michelle,

      Arizona is actually an origin sales tax state for in-state sellers. So, in our understanding, if you live in Arizona you only have to register for a sales tax permit in Arizona and a program city if you live there. That said, please consult the Arizona DOR or a sales tax expert on this issue. Arizona has made a lot of changes over the past two years and we hear so much conflicting advice on this issue. I’m sorry we can’t give you a more concrete answer, but Arizona is very complex.

      • Michelle Crawford

        Thank you, Got it handled!

        Have a Great DaY1

  • Michelle Crawford

    Along with my last post, I’m thinking I have to register for a tax permit in the non program cities, because I live in the State of Arizona, is this right?

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  • MAI V

    Hello, so far, this process has been completely confusing. Each state has different regulations. What I’d like to clarify is, if my business is based in CA, and I have products in warehouses in these other 14 states, would I be applying for Out of State Use Tax, or Retail Sales tax? For example, the orders are made online through Amazon, but it ships out from a Virginia warehouse, am I applying for Out of State Use tax, or Sales tax? When I tried filing for Virginia Sales tax, it required an address from VA or DC only, and didn’t allow me to put my CA address. But, when I applied for Out of State Use Tax, it allowed me to put in my CA address. So generally, which one is it? The sales aren’t originating from CA, it’s originating ONLINE through Amazon. Any help or feedback would be great. I don’t want to make any more mistakes when filing and accrue any more fees.

    • When you register out of state you are collecting “use tax” so choose that option when asked. I hope this helps!

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  • Maciej

    I live in Europe but my company has been registered in Nevada. I’m not an American citizen. How should I remit collected sales tax? It seems that the only ways to issue a payment are via eCheck or ACH. I’m pretty sure that these can only be used by American citizens or residents. Is there a way to issue a payment via bank transfer or credit card?

    • Hi there,

      Every state is different when it comes to how to pay, but you’re right most require a U.S. bank account. One thing you can do is check out a company like http://worldfirst.com/ that will help you with that. You can also speak to a sales tax advisor like Sylvia Dion (www.sylviadioncpa.com) who can also help. Sadly, the states just don’t make it easy for international sellers to collect and remit. I hope this helps!

    • Hi there,

      Every state is different when it comes to how to pay, but you’re right most require a U.S. bank account. One thing you can do is check out a company like http://worldfirst.com/ that will help you with that. You can also speak to a sales tax advisor like Sylvia Dion (www.sylviadioncpa.com) who can also help. Sadly, the states just don’t make it easy for international sellers to collect and remit. I hope this helps!

  • Maciej

    I live in Europe but my company has been registered in Nevada. I’m not an American citizen. How should I remit collected sales tax? It seems that the only ways to issue a payment are via eCheck or ACH. I’m pretty sure that these can only be used by American citizens or residents. Is there a way to issue a payment via bank transfer or credit card?

  • Greta Hegedus

    I am based in the UK I have tried to apply for sales permit in a few states but they all seem to require FEIN/EIN number and NAICS code but I am not a US citizen to have these. I cannot find any info on the site or anywhere else on how to get around this…
    Any help would be much appreciated! Also posted in the Facebook group but had no response yet.

    • Hi Greta,

      I saw this on the Facebook group! The NAICS code is for U.S. statistical purposes and the one for eCommerce is 45111. As for the EIN, you can apply for an EIN or an ITIN (for international sellers) on the IRS website. Here’s more about the ITIN: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/General-ITIN-Information I hope this helps!

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