Missouri: Sales Tax Handbook
How to get a Missouri Sales Tax License
In Missouri, 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 Missouri for the first time, you will need to determine your business' permit requirements. The good news is that you can get a Missouri Sales Tax License and be ready to do business 5-8 days after you submit your application. This guide will help you learn how!
Who needs a Missouri Sales Tax License?
All businesses that sell tangible property with a tax nexus in Missouri must register for a Missouri sales tax license.
Businesses with a taxable presence within Missouri are considered to have sales tax nexus within the state. For more details on what constitutes a taxable presence, see sales tax nexus in Missouri.
How to get a Missouri Sales Tax License:
You can complete your entire sales tax registration online, and must have an EIN number and a registered business entity before you begin. If you need to add an additional location or add a sales tax license to an exisiting account, you will need to use the paper Form 53-1.
Missouri requires a deposit / bond to be paid upon application for a sales tax license that is equal to three times the average amount of sales/use tax that will be owed by your business. You can use the official Missouri sales tax bond calculator to determine the amount of bond you must post. You will not be issued a sales tax license until your bond clears, but you can request a refund of your bond after two years of on-time tax payments.
You can call the Missouri Department of Revenue at 573-751-5860 with any questions.
You need the following information to apply for a Missouri Sales Tax License:
Business into (EIN, address, etc),
Estimated monthly in-state sales
Missouri Sales Tax License Application Fee, Turnaround Time, and Renewal Info
Applying for a Missouri Sales Tax License is free, and you will receive your permit 5-8 days after filing your application.
Application Fee: Bond required
Turnaround Time: 5-8 days
Permit Renewals: No Renewals Needed
Apply For Your Missouri Sales Tax License Now:
Get Your Missouri Sales Tax License Online
You can easily acquire your Missouri Sales Tax License online using the Missouri Online Business Registration website. If you have quetions about the online permit application process, you can contact the Taxation Division via the sales tax permit hotline (573) 751-5860 or by checking the permit info website .
Offline Missouri Sales Tax License Application Form
While generally slower than applying online, you can apply for a Missouri Sales Tax License for your business offline using Form 2643, the "Tax Registration Application". Form 2643 can be downloaded from the Taxation Division here .
Mail Completed Form 2643 To:Missouri Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 357
Jefferson City, MO 65105-0357
Alternately, you can fax Form 2643 to the Taxation Division at (573) 522-1722.
What's Next? Now that you know how to apply for your Missouri Sales Tax License, learn how to collect and remit the Missouri sales tax.
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