Michigan: Sales Tax Handbook
How to get a Michigan Sales Tax License
In Michigan, most businesses are required to have a sales tax permit. This means that, if you are considering opening a new business or are beginning to make sales in Michigan for the first time, you will need to determine your business' permit requirements. The good news is that you can get a Michigan Sales Tax License and be ready to do business 8-10 days after you submit your application. This guide will help you learn how!
Who needs a Michigan Sales Tax License?
Michigan requires you to have a sales tax license if you "sell or lease tangible personal property in Michigan to the final consumer".
Businesses with a taxable presence within Michigan are considered to have sales tax nexus within the state. For more details on what constitutes a taxable presence, see sales tax nexus in Michigan.
How to get a Michigan Sales Tax License:
Michigan's "Business One Stop" web portal allows you to register for most necessary state business tax accounts, including your Sales Tax permit. You must have an EIN to register, and will be able to manage your tax payments and reporting through the website once you have an account.
If you have any questions or problems during the application process, you can contact the Michigan Department of the Treasury at 313-456-2188.
You need the following information to apply for a Michigan Sales Tax License:
Personal and business identification information (including EIN),
Major business activity,
Business entity type,
Locations of offices or other places of business
Michigan Sales Tax License Application Fee, Turnaround Time, and Renewal Info
You will need to pay an application fee when you apply for a Michigan Sales Tax License, and you will receive your permit 8-10 days after filing your application.
Application Fee: FREE
Turnaround Time: 8-10 days
Permit Renewals: Yearly on September 30th
Note about permit renewals:Michigan Sales Tax License expire on September 30 of each year, regardless of when your license was issued, and will be renewed automatically. You will be able to get a copy of your new license under the Correspondence tab of your account on the Michigan Treasury Online website.
Apply For Your Michigan Sales Tax License Now:
Get Your Michigan Sales Tax License Online
You can easily acquire your Michigan Sales Tax License online using the Michigan Business One Stop website. If you have quetions about the online permit application process, you can contact the Department of Treasury via the sales tax permit hotline (517) 636-6925 or by checking the permit info website .
Offline Michigan Sales Tax License Application Form
While generally slower than applying online, you can apply for a Michigan Sales Tax License for your business offline using Form 518, the "Registration for Michigan Taxes". Form 518 can be downloaded from the Department of Treasury here .
Mail Completed Form 518 To:Michigan Department of Treasury
PO Box 30778
Lansing, MI 48909-8278
Alternately, you can fax Form 518 to the Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4520.
What's Next? Now that you know how to apply for your Michigan Sales Tax License, learn how to collect and remit the Michigan sales tax.
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