Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Connecticut
What is Sales Tax Nexus Anyway?
Your business owes sales tax in any state where it has “sales tax nexus”. In short, if you have sales tax nexus you need to collect and remit sales tax. If you don’t have sales tax nexus, you generally don’t need to get a permit.
Sales tax nexus is a legal term that means you have crossed a threshold and now have a sales tax collection responsibility in the state. Nexus can be created by having a physical presence, an economic presence, or by other factors. Nexus rules vary by state and retailers have specific nexus rules based on where they have people, property or inventory.
What Should You Do Once You Determine You Have Sales Tax Nexus?
Once you determine that you have sales tax nexus in Connecticut, your next step is to register for a sales tax permit in the state. Check out our blog post on getting a sales tax permit in Connecticut for more information about that process. If you are not interested in doing the work of getting the permit yourself, TaxValet can handle the permit registration for you with our Sales Tax Permit Registration service.
Common Ways to Have Sales Tax Nexus in Connecticut
1. Economic nexus in Connecticut
If you made $250,000 of sales in Connecticut in the last 12 months AND had 200 or more separate transactions, then you are required to register for, collect, and pay sales tax to the state. If you meet this threshold, it does not matter if you have a physical presence in Connecticut. Nexus has been created based on your volume of sales. For more information, please see the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.
If you need help determining which states you have crossed economic nexus thresholds, check out our Sales Tax Starter Kit service.
2. Physical presence in Connecticut
The following creates physical presence nexus in Connecticut. If you have any of the following in Connecticut, you will need to get a sales tax permit:
- An office or place of business such as a retail store.
- A warehouse or inventory stored in the state.
- Employees or independent contractors in the state for more than 2 days per year.
- Ownership of real or personal property in Connecticut.
- Delivery of merchandise to Connecticut customers with company vehicles.
If you need help determining which states you have a physical presence in, check out our Sales Tax Starter Kit service.
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Do You Need a Sales Tax Permit in Connecticut If You Only Sell on Marketplaces?
If you are an online retailer who ONLY sells on approved marketplaces (such as Amazon, eBay, etc), Connecticut sales tax will be remitted by the marketplace, but you are still required to get a sales tax permit and file sales tax returns on an annual basis. For more information about marketplace sellers, see the Office of the Commissioner Guidance Regarding Marketplace Facilitators and Marketplace Sellers.
If you are an e-commerce seller who is unsure of where you need to get a sales tax permit, check out our Sales Tax Starter Kit service. In fact, if at any point you are stuck and want a team of experts to handle all of this for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.