South Carolina: Sales Tax Handbook
How to get a South Carolina Sales Tax License
In South Carolina, 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 South Carolina for the first time, you will need to determine your business' permit requirements. The good news is that you can get a South Carolina Sales Tax License and be ready to do business instantly after you submit your application. This guide will help you learn how!
Who needs a South Carolina Sales Tax License?
South Carolina law states that "a retail license is required of every person in the business of selling tangible personal property at retail in South Carolina. A license must be obtained for each location of a business selling tangible personal property at retail." Certain services are also subject to sales tax (dry cleaning, laundry services, communication services, etc). These businesses must also register for a retail license.
Businesses with a taxable presence within South Carolina are considered to have sales tax nexus within the state. For more details on what constitutes a taxable presence, see sales tax nexus in South Carolina.
How to get a South Carolina Sales Tax License:
South Carolina has a new online tax portal called MyDORWAY that enables new businesses to register for all the necessary state and local permits and tax accounts necessary for full tax compliance. This is the online equivalent of Form SCDOR-111, the Business Tax Application.
If you register online, you will receive your sales tax permit number instantly and your physical permit will arrive within a few days' time.
You can also register in person at any of the SC Department of Revenue's numerous service centers located throughout the state.
If you have any questions about how to acquire your sales tax license, you can contact the SC Department of Revenue at 803-898-5000?.
You need the following information to apply for a South Carolina Sales Tax License:
Type of ownership,
Personal information of business owners; partners; officers; and members
South Carolina Sales Tax License Application Fee, Turnaround Time, and Renewal Info
Applying for a South Carolina Sales Tax License is free, and you will receive your permit instantly after filing your application.
Application Fee: $50
Turnaround Time: Instantly
Permit Renewals: No Renewals Needed
Apply For Your South Carolina Sales Tax License Now:
Get Your South Carolina Sales Tax License Online
You can easily acquire your South Carolina Sales Tax License online using the South Carolina Business One Stop website. If you have quetions about the online permit application process, you can contact the Department of Revenue via the sales tax permit hotline (803) 896-1350 or by checking the permit info website .
Offline South Carolina Sales Tax License Application Form
While generally slower than applying online, you can apply for a South Carolina Sales Tax License for your business offline using Form SCDOR-111, the "Business Tax Registration Form". Form SCDOR-111 can be downloaded from the Department of Revenue here .
Mail Completed Form SCDOR-111 To:SC Department of Revenue
Columbia, SC 29214-0140
What's Next? Now that you know how to apply for your South Carolina Sales Tax License, learn how to collect and remit the South Carolina sales tax.
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