Vermont: Sales Tax Handbook
How to get a Vermont Sales Tax License
In Vermont, 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 Vermont for the first time, you will need to determine your business' permit requirements. The good news is that you can get a Vermont Sales Tax License and be ready to do business 3 to 5 days after you submit your application. This guide will help you learn how!
Who needs a Vermont Sales Tax License?
If you are an individual or business engaged in any of the following activities within Vermont, you are required to apply for a Vermont Sales & Use Tax Account before beginning operations:
- Selling or renting tangible personal property in Vermont
- Selling public utility services at retail (excluding water, telephone and transportation services)
- Producing, fabricating, printing (or imprinting tangible personal property for customers who supply the materials used)
- Charging admission to places of amusement or recreation
- Claiming exemption from sales tax as a 501(C)(3) organization
- Buying tangible personal property tax-free
Businesses with a taxable presence within Vermont are considered to have sales tax nexus within the state. For more details on what constitutes a taxable presence, see sales tax nexus in Vermont.
How to get a Vermont Sales Tax License:
You can register your Vermont business with the Vermont Department of Taxes online through the BizFile web portal. Once you submit your application, the Department will mail you further instructions and your sales tax license within 3 to 5 business days. It takes 7 to 10 business days to process paper applications (Form BR-400). You must display your new license prominently in your place of business.
If you have any questions about how to register your business with the state of Vermont, call the Vermont Department of Taxes' helpline at (802) 828-2551 and select option #3.
You need the following information to apply for a Vermont Sales Tax License:
Federal EIN Number,
Business NAICS Code,
Estimated Tax Liabilities
Vermont Sales Tax License Application Fee, Turnaround Time, and Renewal Info
You will need to pay an application fee when you apply for a Vermont Sales Tax License, and you will receive your permit 3 to 5 days after filing your application.
Application Fee: FREE
Turnaround Time: 3 to 5 days
Permit Renewals: No Renewals Needed
Apply For Your Vermont Sales Tax License Now:
Get Your Vermont Sales Tax License Online
You can easily acquire your Vermont Sales Tax License online using the VTBizFile Business Taxes Online website. If you have quetions about the online permit application process, you can contact the Department of Taxes via the sales tax permit hotline (802) 828-2551 or by checking the permit info website .
Offline Vermont Sales Tax License Application Form
While generally slower than applying online, you can apply for a Vermont Sales Tax License for your business offline using Form BR-400, the "Sales and Use Tax Return". Form BR-400 can be downloaded from the Department of Taxes here .
Mail Completed Form BR-400 To:Vermont Department of Taxes
PO Box 547
Montpelier, VT 05601-0547
What's Next? Now that you know how to apply for your Vermont Sales Tax License, learn how to collect and remit the Vermont sales tax.
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