How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Louisiana
Quick Answer: In this blog, you will learn how to register for a sales tax permit, called the Direct Marketer Permit in Louisiana. The registration process is best completed online via the Louisiana Department of Revenue website. More detailed information is included below.
Do You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Louisiana?
The first step in registering for a Direct Marketer Permit is determining if you even need one. In general, you need a sales tax permit in Louisiana 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 Louisiana?”
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 Direct Marketer Permit in Louisiana, you can proceed with registering.
Types of Sales Tax Permits Available
Louisiana has two different types of sales tax permits. This post is going to primarily address the Direct Marketer Permit as the state of Louisiana generally recommends that online retailers apply for the Direct Marketer Permit.
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 Direct Marketer Permit in Louisiana Cost?
Currently, there is no charge to apply for either the Direct Marketer Permit or the General Sales and Use Permit in Louisiana.
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.
Where to Register for a Louisiana Sales Tax Permit
There are two ways to register for a Direct Marketer permit in Louisiana, 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 a 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 is on the state of Louisiana website.
The paper application can be found at this link.
Where to Go if You Need Help Registering for a Sales Tax Permit in Louisiana
If you are stuck or have questions, you can either contact the state of Louisiana directly or reach out to us and we can register for a sales tax permit on your behalf.
How to contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue if you have questions: You can contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue by calling (855) 307-3893 or you reach them through email at Sales.Inquiries@la.gov if you have questions or need additional information.
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.
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Information Needed to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Louisiana
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
To get started, choose the link titled “Register a Business” on the website.
Next, click “Register Your Business” and follow the prompts that walk you through the process of registering with the state of Louisiana.
What Happens After You Apply for a Sales Tax Permit in Louisiana?
Keep in mind, once you have an active Direct Marketer Permit in Louisiana, 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 Louisiana by clicking here.
In the process of applying for your Louisiana Direct Marketer 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. Please note that Louisiana requires an authorization code each time you log in, so be sure you have access to the email account you registered with.
A paper copy of your Direct Marketer permit will arrive at your mailing address within 7-10 business days.
**When applying for a Louisiana Direct Marketer permit, it is important to note that Louisiana does not ask for a start date. Direct Marketer permits will automatically begin on the first day of the month of your application. If you need a date farther back, please contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue at (855) 307-3893 to discuss a different start date.
**It is also important to note that Louisiana Direct Marketer permits are automatically assigned a monthly filing frequency.
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.