PA Sales Tax 101 Sales Tax Permits

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Pennsylvania

by Mark Faggiano

Sales Tax License Pennsylvania

For more information about collecting and remitting sales tax in Pennsylvania, check out Pennsylvania Sales Tax Resources.

1. Who needs a sales tax permit in Pennsylvania?
From the website:

The sales and use tax is imposed on the retail sale, consumption, rental or use of tangible personal property in Pennsylvania. The tax is also imposed on certain services relating to such property and on the charge for specific business services. Major items exempt from the tax include food (not ready-to-eat); candy and gum; most clothing; textbooks; computer services; pharmaceutical drugs; sales for resale; and residential heating fuels such as oil, electricity, gas, coal and firewood. 

2. How do you register for a sales tax permit in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania has an online option to register for most licenses and other business registrations. There’s even a site for the specific form you need, the PA-100. Register for your sales tax online at the Online PA100 site.

Alternatively, you can download and print out the PA-100 and send it to:

Commonwealth of PA
Department of Revenue
Bureau of Business Trust Fund Taxes
PO Box 280901
Harrisburg, PA 17128-0901

717-787-1064

3. What information do you need to register for a sales tax permit in Pennsylvania?

–          Enterprise Information (name, date of operations, etc.)

–          Taxes you’re applying for

–          Business structure

–          Owners/Partners/Shareholders etc. information

–          Business activity information

–          Transient vendor certificate, if applicable

–          Promoter license, if applicable

4. How much does it cost to apply for a sales tax permit in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania does not charge for a sales tax permit. Other business registration fees may apply. Contact each state’s individual department of revenue for more about registering your business.

5. How long does it take to receive your Pennsylvania sales tax permit?
After you register, you will receive your license(s) and/or registration notice(s) in the mail in 7 to 10 business days. This is much faster if you register online rather than mailing in the forms.

6. Do you have to renew your Pennsylvania sales tax permit?
Pennsylvania does require you to renew your sales tax permit. Your permit must be renewed no less than every five years.

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  • John S

    While the intention of this article is good, it’s not enough detail. It does not help answer some of the questions that taxjar’s experience would be able to assist with. While of course you don’t know the detail of each individual’s business, there were certain questions during the online process where taxjar could offer some help in choosing the correct answer.

    • Hi John, We always welcome questions. How can we help you?

  • nashae nicole

    is the sales tax permit the same thing as the retail permit/license?

  • Yes, they go by many names!

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  • JIE

    If I’m starting a business to sell import products online (the company is located in PA), such as t shirts, key chains, hats, do I need to obtain PA sales tax license?

  • Lori Marie

    If you have a sales tax certificate can you buy wholesale?

    • I believe you’ll need a reseller’s permit to buy wholesale items tax free. I hope this helps!

  • BourneUnknown

    I sell on Amazon FBA…. What certificate would I select in the taxes? I buy online mainly and sell it on Amazon. I’m stuck on that part. Quicker I get these done the faster I can join!

    • Hi There,

      I’m not sure I understand! Do you need to file for a sales tax permit? If so, you can find instructions on filing for each permit here: http://taxjar.wpengine.com/how-to-register-for-sales-tax-permits/ I hope this helps! And if that wasn’t what you’re looking for, just let me know.

      • BourneUnknown

        Applying for these sales tax licenses are harder than they should be. One question it asks in the beginning is “date of first operations in PA”…do they mean when I first sold something in PA?

        • In our understanding it means the date you first had nexus there. (I.e. started your business, opened your store, had Amazon inventory there, etc.)

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