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How To Register For A Louisiana Sales Tax License

How To Register For A Louisiana Sales Tax License

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How To Register For A Louisiana Sales Tax License

When starting a business in Louisiana, you need to register for several things. Perhaps one of the most common is the Louisiana sales tax license, which is sometimes referred to as a retailer certificate, seller’s permit, sales tax permit, sales and use tax number, or sales tax registration.

The Louisiana sales tax license is obtained through the Louisiana Department of Revenue as a part of applying for a Louisiana Revenue Account Number.

Keep reading this guide to learn who needs a sales tax permit, what kinds of products and services are taxable, how to register, and what you need to do for reporting.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Louisiana

Who needs a sales tax license in Louisiana?

A business must register for a sales tax license in Louisiana when:

  • A business has sales tax nexus. Nexus means having a physical presence in the state, such as having a physical location like a retail store or office or using a warehouse or fulfillment center to store inventory.
  • Occasionally selling items at craft shows, fairs, seminars, conventions, etc. in Louisiana
  • Hiring Louisiana employees (including remote employees, sales representatives, or agents)
  • An online business located in Louisiana is selling taxable products to Louisiana residents
  • A remote seller sells over $100,000 in physical goods or has over 200 transactions annually to residents in Louisiana

What products and services are taxable in Louisiana?

Physical Products

There are a few exceptions, but almost all physical products are taxable when sold at retail in Louisiana. Common examples include:

  • General merchandise like furniture, appliances, and clothing
  • Titled or registered items like vehicles

Some food items, prescriptions, and articles traded in for new items are generally tax-exempt. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has a full list of tax-exempt items in Louisiana.

Digital Products

Digital products are taxable in Louisiana.

Services

Most services aren’t taxable in Louisiana, however, there are a few exceptions, some of which include:

  • Short-term lodging
  • Admission or access to amusement, entertainment, recreational or athletic facilities or events
  • Printing services
  • Laundry, cleaning, pressing, and dyeing services
  • Repairing tangible personal property like a cell phone repair shop fixing a cracked screen

How to register for a sales tax license in Louisiana

A sales tax license can be obtained by registering online through GeauxBiz or by mailing in the Application for Revenue Tax Number (CR-1 Form).

Information needed to register includes:

Sales tax reporting

How is sales tax collected?

When a business sells a taxable product or service, the business charges the appropriate sales tax rate to the customer. This tax is collected by the business, which is then sent to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Businesses collecting less than $5,000 annually may file by mail, but over $5,000 will file electronically.

How much is sales tax in Louisiana?

The sales tax rate that is charged varies depending on the address of the business if the purchase is made or shipped from a business located in the state or where the transaction took place, such as a fair or tradeshow.

In addition to the statewide tax, there are additional local sales taxes that may be added. To find the sales tax for your location, see the list of local sales and use tax rates from the Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators.

When are Louisiana sales tax returns due?

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will determine a filing frequency based on the expected annual sales volume, which will be monthly, quarterly, or semi-monthly. Generally, a business selling over $500 monthly in taxable sales will file monthly.

Filings are due on the 20th day of the month following the reporting period unless the 20th falls on a weekend or federal holiday, which would move to the next business day.

Even if the business had no sales during the reporting period, a filing indicating no sales is still required.

Louisiana Sales Tax License FAQs

How much does a Louisiana sales tax license cost?

There is no cost for a sales tax license in Louisiana.

How long does it take to get a Louisiana sales tax license?

Expect 3-4 weeks to receive a sales tax license in Louisiana.

Do you have to renew a Louisiana sales tax license?

The sales tax permit is a one-time registration, and no renewals are needed. Be mindful that if any information about the business changes, such as the mailing address, additional locations, or change in ownership, those changes need to be updated with the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Is a business license the same thing as a sales tax license?

No – A business license and a sales tax permit serve different purposes and are not the same.

A business license authorizes you to conduct business within a particular locality, ensuring compliance with local regulations. Conversely, a sales tax permit enables your business to legally collect sales tax on sales, which you then remit to the state government.

Generally, businesses require both a license and a permit to operate legally and handle taxes correctly.

Related: What business licenses are needed in Louisiana

How do I get a wholesale license in Louisiana?

A business can purchase items to resell without paying state sales tax. The tax liability is passed from the wholesaler or distributor to the retailer, who will then charge sales tax to the end-user of the item.

Wholesalers and distributors will require a Louisiana Resale Certificate (also referred to as a wholesale license, reseller’s permit, or sales tax exemption certificate) to document the items being purchased are for resale.

If you have questions about the sales tax license and regulations, the Louisiana Department of Revenue has a helpful guide or can be contacted by calling or visiting:

Baton Rouge Office
617 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
855.307.3893

New Orleans Office
1450 Poydras St. Suite 800
New Orleans, LA 70112
855.307.3893

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    With over two decades as an entrepreneur, educator, and business advisor, Greg Bouhl has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. Fed up with clients finding and acting on inaccurate and outdated information online, Greg launched StartUp101.com to be a trusted resource for people starting a business.

How To Register For A Louisiana Sales Tax License

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