Sales Tax Permits TN

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Tennessee

by Mark Faggiano

Register Sales Tax License Tennessee

Last updated July 17, 2017

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

1. Who needs a sales tax permit in Tennessee?

From the Tennessee Department of Revenue website:

State sales and use tax – Sales tax is imposed on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods, as well as taxable services

Unlike many states, the state of Tennessee requires that a seller make at least $4800/year in revenue in the state of Tennessee or your sales tax license could be revoked.

2. How do you register for a sales tax permit in Tennessee?

Anyone applying for a sales tax (or other tax) permit can do so online at the Tennessee Department of Revenue Online Tax Registration.

Alternatively, you can download and print out the Tennessee Department of Revenue Application for Registration. After filling it out, simply mail it to:

Tennessee Department of Revenue
Andrew Jackson Building
500 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37242

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

  • Reason for applying
  • Gross sales – (Remember,  you must make at least $4800 in revenue per year in the state of Tennessee or your sales tax license could be revoked)
  • Date business began
  • Business name & location
  • Mailing address
  • Type of ownership
  • Business activity, including products sold
  • EDI/EFT, if applicable

4. How much does it cost to apply for a sales tax permit in Tennessee?

Tennessee 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 Tennessee sales tax permit?

When completed properly and received by the department, a registration number will be issued to qualified applicants. This could be a day or two if registered online or up to a couple weeks if the forms are mailed in.

6. Do you have to renew your Tennessee sales tax permit?

Tennessee does not require renewal of sales tax permits.

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  • KimC

    I’m confused. If we don’t sell enough in TN they can revoke our sales tax permit? So are we still required to apply if we don’t expect to reach that threshhold?

  • In our understanding, sellers that sell, on the average, less than $400 per month and pay tax to their suppliers do not need to register in Tennessee until their average monthly sales exceed that amount. Here’s more info about Tennessee sales tax:

    • Terrell

      So if the supplier is in China and you’ve paid a customs tax when importing the goods does that take care of the “pay tax to suppliers” requirement?

      • Customs, etc. is different that sales tax. I’m not sure I can help there.

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  • ballhogjoni

    I just read the link and it doesn’t answer my question on whether I need to get a sales/use tax license. My business isn’t based in TN nor do I sell over $4800 to residents of TN but I do sell well over $4800 in my business and have a lot of inventory in TN, do I still need to register?

    • Hi there,

      We don’t give specific tax advice to individuals, but Tennessee’s threshold $400/month or $4800 per year before you have to register if you have nexus (i.e. inventory, employee, etc.) So it sounds like you don’t meet that threshold.

      • ballhogjoni

        Ok thanks.

  • Rick Perry

    I have an online business here in Tennessee and sell less than the 4800 listed, so do I still need to charge sales tax to my Tennessee customers. I also see that they can revoke my sales tax permit, so what does that mean ? Can I still sell in Tennessee if they revoke my sales tax permit or does that mean I just do not have to pay taxes for TN Sales I make.

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