Quick Answer: This blog gives instructions for how to file and pay sales tax in New Jersey with the ST-50 Sales and Use Tax Quarterly return, a return commonly used by out-of-state sellers. Once a return is submitted, a payment can be made electronically.
Do You Need to File a New Jersey Sales Tax Return?
Once you have an active sales tax permit in New Jersey, you will need to begin filing sales tax returns. Not sure if you need a permit in New Jersey? No problem. Check out our blog, Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in New Jersey?
Also, If you would rather ask someone else to handle your New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s Website
Step 1: The first step to file and pay your New Jersey sales tax return is to log into https://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_BusinessFilings/jsp/common/Login.jsp?taxcode=55
If you do not have login information, you can click on “Get Started” on New Jersey’s Business Registration page and then follow the instructions for signing up.
Step 2: Once you are logged in, you will need to select the return you intend to file. In this case, we are filing the ST-50 Quarterly Return. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page to select the month and year of the return. Click “Submit.”
Step 3: Enter your sales information. Enter the amounts to the nearest dollar (no cents) on lines 1 and 2. If you made any pre-payments to the state, enter that amount on line 9. Once you are finished, click “Calculate.”
Step 4: It is time to review. If your figures look correct you are ready to submit your return. If not click “Reset” and make corrections.
Once you submit the return, you will be directed to make a payment if you owe anything.
Hooray! You have now filed your return.
Also, make sure to save the confirmation number that comes up on the screen after submitting your return. We also recommend saving a copy of your return for your records.
Let our team of experts handle it for you with our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service.
How to Pay New Jersey’s Sales Tax
Now that you have filed your sales tax return, it is time to make your payment. To get started go back to the “Sales and Use Tax Processing Center.” This time you are going to choose the payment option you would like to pay your return with. Then choose the month and year and submit.
Next, you will choose the payment method (Electronic Check used here) and enter the amount due.
The next screen will ask for your company information and your banking information. Once you have correctly entered your information, click “Submit.”
Success! You have now filed and paid your sales tax return to the state of New Jersey. Please do make sure to save/print a copy of the confirmation screen.
Things to Consider After Filing a Sales Tax Return in New Jersey
If you forgot to print or save your return, you still can! To print or save your return go back to the “Sales and Use Tax Processing Center.” Click on “File Quarterly Return, ST-50 / View ST-50 filed using File Online system.” Enter the month and year you want to view then select print.
How to Get Help Filing a New Jersey Sales Tax Return
Lastly, here is the contact information for the state if case you end up stuck or have questions along the way. You can contact the state of New Jersey directly by phone at (609) 292-6400.
If instead, you are looking for a team of experts to handle your sales tax returns for you each month, you should check out our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in becoming a client.