IN Sales Tax 101 Sales Tax Permits

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana

by Mark Faggiano

Register Sales Tax License Indiana

Last updated July 14, 2017

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

1. Who needs a sales tax permit in Indiana?
All purchases are subject to the sales tax. This includes products and tangible items, food and beverages, and fireworks.

2. How do you register for a sales tax permit in Indiana?
You can register for a sales tax permit through the Indiana Tax Center.

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

  • Your estimated monthly taxable sales, if left blank you will be a monthly filer.
  • If you are a seasonal business.
  • If you provide lodging for less than 30 days.
  • If you will sell food and beverage.
  • If you will sell alcoholic beverages and your ABC Permit number with expiration date.
  • If gasoline will be sold through a metered pump.
  • If cars or trucks less than 11,000 lbs. will be rented from this location for less 30 days.
  • If income is derived from the sale of tobacco products.
  • If yes, from vending machines only.
  • If you report sales tax on a consolidated basis is this location included.
  • If you want your sales tax returns sent to a different address.

4. How much does it cost to apply for a sales tax permit in Indiana?
There is a $25 registration fee for businesses in Indiana. 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 Indiana sales tax permit?
The Department of Revenue will contact you within 48 hours regarding the status of your application.

6. Do you have to renew your Indiana sales tax permit?
Yes, but the renewal is automatic every two years at no charge.

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  • Rae

    My business operates in California. In CA we have to pay LLC taxes and fees based on the revenue brackets for the fiscal year in accordance with the CA LLC Tax Schedule chart. If I am registering for a sales tax permit in Indiana in case my product goes to this FBA warehouse, I would assume I have to pay the same type of LLC taxes and fees for the state? Despite searching, I have been unable to find similar information for the revenue brackets in Indiana in order to see if it would even be worth it. How would I anticipate my LLC fees in Indiana? Do you have this info anywhere? Thank-You!

  • Unfortunately every state is different. Before registering, I recommend contacting the Indiana DOR to determine whether you need to pay fees. Here’s a checklist from the state of Indiana to get you started:

    http://www.in.gov/dor/4324.htm

  • MAI V

    When I’m applying, do I choose sales tax or out of state use tax? I operate in CA, but have products in Indiana warehouse. It’s so confusing. Please help?

    • You would choose out-of-state use tax. I hope that helps!

      • Andrew Reinman

        Unfortunately this is not true. if you have physical inventory in the state you are required to have a sales tax permit. This information is per my phone call with the department of revenue.

        • Hi Andrew,

          He was asking a different question (which registration type to choose.) You won’t get any argument from us that inventory creates nexus in Indiana!

          • Andrew Reinman

            I understand that. Based on this tread I chose out-of-state use tax. Based on the conversation I had with the department of revenue a little while later, I should have chosen sales tax and had to go back and change it. Just trying to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.

          • Oh okay. I got it now. Thanks for the tip on this one!

        • Hi Andrew,

          He was asking a different question (which registration type to choose.) You won’t get any argument from us that inventory creates nexus in Indiana!

      • Andrew Reinman

        Unfortunately this is not true. if you have physical inventory in the state you are required to have a sales tax permit. This information is per my phone call with the department of revenue.

  • Gandalf

    Indiana Retail Merchant Certificates (AKA tax permits) auto renew every 2 YEARS (not weeks) if the account is in good standing.

    • Ha! Thanks for catching that typo.

  • Hi, I have 2 questions: 1. On the very first page on the Indiana Business Tax Application, should I select the option of a) Starting a New Business, b) To Add a Location To an Existing Taxpayer ID, or c) To Register Other Tax Types to an Existing Location.
    2. Should I choose the Withholding Tax option or the TaxOut-of-State option, or both?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Tiffany

      Racquet,

      This can be a very confusing process. We have completed over 350 applications and we still run across things that we have to research. But, to answer your questions…1) Select option (a) Starting a new business (I am assuming you are not located in Indiana) and 2) You will fill out the Tax Out-of-State section not the Withholding Tax section. The Withholding Tax section is for Indiana employers withholding tax on their employees. States often use these applications for multiple purposes so this section does not apply to you. I hope this helps and if you need any other help with sales tax applications, let us know. http://taxjar.offers.com/windward. Thanks! Tiffany @ Windward Tax

  • Hi, I have 2 questions: 1. On the very first page on the Indiana Business Tax Application, should I select the option of a) Starting a New Business, b) To Add a Location To an Existing Taxpayer ID, or c) To Register Other Tax Types to an Existing Location.
    2. Should I choose the Withholding Tax option or the TaxOut-of-State option, or both?
    Thanks in advance!

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