How to File and Pay Sales Tax in Indiana
Quick Answer: This blog provides instructions on how to file and pay sales tax in Indiana using form ST-103. This is really the only return that is available to report sales and use tax. If you are reporting just use tax, you can use form ST-115.
Do You Need to File an Indiana Sales Tax Return?
Once you have an active sales tax permit in Indiana you will need to begin filing sales tax returns. Not sure if you need a permit in Indiana? No problem. Check out our blog, Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana?
Also, If you would rather ask someone else to handle your Indiana filings, our team at TaxValet can handle that for you with our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service. We specialize in eliminating the stress and hassle of sales tax.
How to Sign-in and File a Return on Indiana’s Website
Let’s start with simple step-by-step instructions for logging on to the website in order to file and pay your sales tax return in Indiana.
Step 1: Follow this link, https://www.intax.in.gov/, to come to this screen:
Step 2: Sign in with your username and password.
If you do not have a username and password, then your first step is getting that all setup. These login credentials are generally created when you submit registration paperwork for a sales tax permit.
After you sign in, you will see the page below. Start by selecting “Business” on the left side of the screen.
Step 3: You will be directed to the dashboard for the state.
Think of this page as your home base. You can always come back to this page if you get lost.
Take a minute here to see and explore all of the tabs on the left side of the screen. You will see a “Messages” tab. Click into that, and see if you have any messages from the state. It is a good practice to get into the habit of checking this page every time you log in.
Once you feel that you have a good understanding of the dashboard, proceed by selecting the “Sales” link associated with your sales tax account.
You will now see a page with the previous filings (if you have any) displayed in the middle. The state of Indiana is a bit different for actually getting into the sales tax form. Most states have a clickable link on this page that shows you which period(s) are due. For Indiana, you actually have to navigate to the left side of the screen and find the “File” tab. Then select “File Form ST-103”.
Step 4: You will be directed to this page. You will need to select the filing period end date and click “Next”.
Step 5: Key in Sales Data
If you have filed returns for other states, you will appreciate how simple and easy this Indiana return is. Enjoy it!
You are now faced with a screen that looks something like this:
As you can see, there are only four boxes where you can key in data. If you are filing a past due return the “Penalty Due” and “Interest Due” boxes will also be available to edit.
In #1, enter in your total sales made in Indiana. In #2, put any exemptions or deductions that you had. If you have any use tax that you need to remit, you can do so in #6. You can use the calculator available to be sure you are remitting the correct amount. If you made any payments related to this period previously, enter the total dollar amount of those payment(s) in #9.
Once you have done all of that and double-checked that the data is accurate, check the box at the bottom of the screen. Now click “Submit”.
That’s it! You have filed your Indiana sales and use tax return.
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How to Pay Indiana’s Sales Tax
After you submit your return, you will be faced with this screen:
This is the confirmation page. You can click the “View PDF” button and save your return. As you can see, this business did not owe any tax. If you owe sales tax, you will see an option to proceed with payment.
If you wish to pay your sales tax due while submitting the sales tax return, select that option. You will see a screen that looks like the one below. Carefully, fill in your bank information, the amount due, and select the appropriate due date. Make sure your payment date is scheduled no later than the due date of the tax return.
Once you are sure that everything is entered correctly, hit “Continue”. Follow the rest of the prompts to ensure that you come to the payment confirmation page. Print this page for your records, if you wish.
Things to Consider After Filing a Sales Tax Return in Indiana
If you forgot to print or save a copy of your sales tax return, no need to worry. You can easily go back into the period to view and/or print the return that you just filed. Go back to the dashboard and navigate to the “Filing History” tab on the left side of the screen. From there, select the “View PDF” link next to the period that you need. This will allow you to save and/or print your return.
How to Get Help Filing an Indiana Sales Tax Return
If you are stuck or have questions, you can contact the state of Indiana directly at (317) 233-4015 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST. You can also find additional resources at the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) website.
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Disclaimer: Our attorney wanted you to know that no financial, tax, legal advice or opinion is given through this post. All information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your specific situation and is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Information is provided “as is” and without warranty.