Quick Answer: This post offers information on how to register for a sales tax permit in Ohio. Registration is best completed online via the Ohio Business Gateway website. More detailed information is included below.

    Registration Fee: The sales tax permit registration fee in Ohio is free.

    Renewal Required?: Sales tax permit renewal is not required in Ohio.

    Turnaround Time: In Ohio, sales tax permit account access is gained after applied. Remember to set up sales tax payment.


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

    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 Ohio 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 You Need to Get a Sales Tax Permit in Ohio?”

    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 Ohio, you can proceed with registering.


    Types of Sales Tax Permits Available in Ohio

    There are five (5!) different types of permits available in Ohio: Vendor, Transient Vendor, Out of State seller, Direct Pay Permit Holder, and Consumer’s Use Tax Account.  For the purpose of this blog, we will be demonstrating how to register for the Out of State Seller Permit. Please follow the link https://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/license.aspx to read carefully about each permit type. 

    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 Ohio Cost?

    Currently, there is no charge for the Ohio Out-of-State Seller Permit.


    Where to Register for an Ohio Sales Tax Permit

    There are two ways to register for a sales tax permit in Ohio, 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).  Additionally, the paper application with the state of Ohio can take around 4-6 weeks to process depending on their caseload. 

    Online Application Location: The best place to register for a sales tax permit with the state of Ohio is on their website here. 

    The paper application can be found here. 


    Where to Go if You Need Help Registering for a Sales Tax Permit in Ohio

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

    How to contact the Ohio Department of Revenue if you have questions: You can contact the Ohio Department of Revenue by calling (888) 405-4039.

    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 Ohio

    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 “Never used the gateway? Create an account” on the website.

    Click “Continue” to create your Ohio account.


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

    Keep in mind, once you have an active sales tax permit in Ohio, 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 Ohio by clicking here

    Once you apply for your sales permit in Ohio, you will receive a confirmation and receipt page.

    Click on the link to view transaction receipt.  This will take you to a page where you can generate a registration letter.  

    If you click the link to generate your registration letter, this will serve as your Ohio permit.  Make sure to note your account number and filing frequency as well.  

    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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