How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Arizona

by | Oct 30, 2019

Quick Answer: Registration for a sales tax permit in Arizona is best completed online via the Arizona Department of Revenue website. More detailed information on how to register for a sales tax permit in Arizona is included below.

Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Arizona?

The first step in registering for a sales tax permit is determining if you even need one. In general, you need a sales tax permit in Arizona if you have a physical presence or meet economic nexus requirements. For more detailed information on the necessity of getting a permit, you can learn more at our blog post “Do I Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Arizona?”. 

If you are not sure where you should get sales tax permits, we can help determine that for you with our Sales Tax Starter Kit Service

Once you’re sure you need a sales tax permit in Arizona, you can proceed with registering.

 

Types of Sales Tax Permits Available

Arizona refers to sales tax as Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) as it is a tax on a vendor for the privilege of doing business in that state. There’s no need to get confused though because Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) functions in the same way as sales tax. But if you ever call the state, be prepared to get corrected if you use the incorrect terminology.

Effective October 1, 2019, Arizona offers two different types of sales tax permits:

  • Transaction Privilege/Use Tax License
    • You can find more information about this sales tax permit here.
  • Remote Seller/Out-of-state Marketplace Facilitator Transaction Privilege Tax License
    • You can find more information about this sales tax permit here.

Please read the information associated with the two permits types carefully to determine which permit is the best choice for your business. If you’re already feeling a little overwhelmed, you should know that we can handle the entire permit registration process for you with our Sales Tax Permit Registration Service.

 

How Much Does a Sales Tax Permit in Arizona Cost? 

When applying for the Remote Seller/Out-of-state Transaction Privilege Tax License, the state charges a flat license fee of $12.00.  

When applying for the regular TPT permit,  Arizona requires you to select a region and business code.  This information determines your permit fees. Permit fees range from $1 to $50 per region. If you are unsure about which region to select, then choose the one that you make the most sales in.  Once you make a sale in another region, the state of Arizona will send you an additional licensing fee statement.  

 

Where to Register for an Arizona Sales Tax Permit

There are two ways to register for a sales tax permit in Arizona, either by paper application or via the online website. We recommend submitting the application via the online website as it will generally be processed faster and you will receive confirmation upon submission. Having a submission confirmation will help in the event that your application is not processed on-time, or in the event that it is not processed at all (which unfortunately can happen every now and again).

Online Application Location: The best place to register for a sales tax permit with the state of Arizona is on their website at https://aztaxes.gov/Home/Page.

If you are a business owner that has an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) then you will need to file a paper application.  You can either mail or hand-deliver it directly to the Arizona Department of Revenue. If mailing, it often takes up to 6 weeks for the state to process the application.  

Paper Application Location: https://azdor.gov/forms/tpt-forms/joint-tax-application-tpt-license

 

Where to Go If You Need Help Registering for a Sales Tax Permit

If you are stuck or have questions, you can either contact the state of Arizona directly or reach out to us and we can register for a sales tax permit on your behalf. 

How to contact the Arizona Department of Revenue if you have questions: You can contact the Arizona Department of Revenue by calling (800) 352-4090 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST Monday through Friday

How to contact TaxValet if you want someone to handle your permit registration for you: You can learn more about our sales tax permit registration service by clicking here.

Check Out Our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service

Let our team of professionals help you determine where you have nexus, register for sales tax permits, and file your returns.

Information Needed to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Arizona

Before you begin the process of registering with the state, make sure you have access to the following information:  

To get started, choose the link titled “Enroll to File and Pay Online” on the website. 

Next, click “Continue” and follow the prompts that walk you through the process of registering with the state of Arizona.

 

What Happens After You Apply for a Sales Tax Permit in Arizona?

Keep in mind, once you have an active sales tax permit in Arizona, you will need to begin filing sales tax returns. Our team can handle your sales tax returns for you with our Done-for-You Sales Tax Service. You can also learn more about how to file and pay a sales tax return in Arizona by clicking here

In the process of applying for your Arizona sales tax permit, you created a login and password with the state.  Once you have completed the registration process and submitted your sales tax permit application, you can then log back into your account and see all of your account details.  

In order to find that information, log in to your account and click on the word “View” on the right part of the screen (listed under the title “Actions”).  

Next, choose “Account Details”.

Located under “Account Details” you will be able to see your account number, your filing frequency, the account balance, and transaction history.  If your start date is a future date, your license will show up as inactive. On your start date, check back to make sure the permit status is switched to active.  

A paper copy of your Transaction Privilege Tax License license will arrive at your mailing address within 7-10 business days.  

All Arizona sales tax permits are issued for one calendar year and need to be renewed by January 1st, regardless of when you applied for the permit.  

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.

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.

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