Quick Answer: In this blog, you will learn how to register for a sales tax permit in Indiana. The registration process is best completed online via Indiana’s INBiz website. More detailed information is included below.
Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana?
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 Indiana if you have 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 You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana?”
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 Indiana, you can proceed with registering.
Types of Sales Tax Permits Available
The state of Indiana offers two types of permits. Please read the information associated with the two permit types carefully to determine which permit is the best choice for your business.
Sales Tax: This is a permit for in-state or “domestic” businesses.
Registered Retail Merchant Certificate: Note that Indiana law (IC 6-2.5-2-1(c)) requires a seller without a physical location in Indiana to obtain a Registered Retail Merchant’s Certificate.
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 Indiana Cost?
There is a $25 registration fee to apply for a sales tax permit in Indiana. If applying online, there is an additional $1 charge to cover the credit card fee.
Where to Register for an Indiana Sales Tax Permit
There are two ways to register for a sales tax permit in Indiana, 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 Indiana is on their website at https://inbiz.in.gov/BOS/Home/Index.
Paper Application: Form BT-1
Where to Go if You Need Help Registering for a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana
If you are stuck or have questions, you can either contact the state of Indiana directly or reach out to us and we can register for a sales tax permit on your behalf.
How to contact the Indiana Department of Revenue if you have questions: You can contact the Indiana Department of Revenue by calling (317) 234-9768, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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.
Information Needed to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana
Before you begin the process of registering with the state, make sure you have access to the following information:
- Federal tax ID, typically called the EIN, issued by the IRS
- Knowledge of your business entity structure
- Business owner information
- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) number
- Start date with the state of Indiana
- Your estimated yearly tax liability with Indiana
To get started, choose the link titled “Tax Registration Register Now” on the website.
Click on “Don’t have an account, Sign Up Now.” Follow the prompts to register for your sales tax permit.
What Happens After You Apply for a Sales Tax Permit in Indiana?
Within 3-5 business days of submitting your permit application, you should receive an email from the state of Indiana confirming your application.
You should receive your permit at your mailing address within 7-10 business days.
Your permit will include information about your filing frequency and will have a special INtax authorization code. The authorization code will be needed in order to set up your online account.
Next, please go to the INtax website to create your online account. You will select “New User? Register for INtax” and follow the prompts. You will receive an email from INtax within 24 hours of registration approving your login.
All out-of-state certificates are renewed every two (2) years. If you are in good standing, then the Department of Revenue will automatically renew the certificate.
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.