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How To Register For A Missouri Sales Tax License

How To Register For A Missouri Sales Tax License

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How To Register For A Missouri Sales Tax License

Most businesses starting in Missouri selling a product or offering certain services will need to register for a sales tax license. This license can also be referred to as a seller’s permit, sales tax permit, sales tax number, or sales tax registration.

The sales tax license is obtained by submitting the Missouri Tax Registration Application. This is a joint application between the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to register businesses for sales tax and employee withholding taxes.

Check out the rest of this guide to determine who needs a sales tax license, what products and services are taxable, how to register for a permit, and reporting requirements.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Missouri

How to register for a sales tax license in Missouri

A Missouri sales tax license can be obtained by registering through MyTaxMissouri or by mailing Form 2643.

Out-of-state businesses will register for a Missouri Vendor Use Tax License in addition to posting a bond.

Information needed to register includes:

Sales tax reporting

How is sales tax collected?

When a business sells a taxable product or service, it charges the appropriate sales tax rate to the customer. The business collects this tax, which it then sends to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

How much is sales tax in Missouri?

If the purchase is made at a store or in a mobile location, the sales tax rate varies depending on where the sale took place in Missouri. In addition to the statewide tax, there are additional sales taxes that may be added by cities and municipalities. When shipping in-state, the sales tax is based on the purchaser’s address.

Out-of-state businesses collect a Vendors Use Tax, which is similar to the sales tax.

To find sales tax rates in the state of Missouri, see the sales tax rates by address from the Missouri Department of Revenue.

When are Missouri sales tax returns due?

The Department of Revenue will determine a filing frequency based on the expected sales volume, which will be monthly, quarterly, or annually. Generally, a business collecting over $500 each month 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.

Missouri Sales Tax License FAQs

Who needs a Missouri sales tax license?

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

– A business has a 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.
– Selling products and taxable services in Missouri (includes occasionally selling items at craft shows, fairs, seminars, conventions, etc.)
Hiring employees who work in Missouri (including remote employees, sales representatives, agents, or independent contractors)
– An online business located in Missouri is selling taxable products to Missouri residents
– A remote seller or out-of-state dealer surpassing $100,000 in sales to Missouri residents in the 12 months preceding the current quarter.

What products and services are taxable in Missouri?

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

– General merchandise like furniture, appliances, and clothing
– Titled or registered items like vehicles
– Some prescriptions and medical devices are tax-exempt, in addition to machinery used in agriculture and manufacturing.

See the full list of sales tax exemptions in Missouri.

Digital Products: Digital products are tax-exempt in Missouri.

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

– Charges for rooms, meals, and drinks furnished at any hotel, motel, cabin, etc.
– Places of amusement, entertainment or recreation, games, and athletic events
– When labor fabricates a product that will be sold at retail

See the full list of taxable services in Missouri.

How much does a Missouri sales tax license cost?

There is no cost for a sales tax license in the state of Missouri.

While the license is free, all businesses registering for a sales tax license in Missouri will have to post a sales and use tax bond equal to three times their monthly sales and use tax liability. The bond amount is estimated for new businesses and then based on the previous 12 months after the business is established.

The Missouri Department of Revenue has a sales/use tax bond calculator to figure the cost of a bond. This bond is refundable after two years of good payment history.

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

Expect 2 business days to receive a Missouri sales tax license and state sales tax number when registering online or up to 2 weeks when applying by mail.

Do you have to renew a Missouri sales tax license?

The sales tax license 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 Department of Revenue.

How do I get a wholesale license in Missouri?

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 sales tax number and complete a Missouri Sales Tax Exemption Certificate (also referred to as a wholesale license, seller’s permit, or resale certificate) to document that the items being purchased are for resale.

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

No – A business license and a sales tax permit serve distinct purposes.

A business license authorizes the operation of a business within a particular jurisdiction, ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations. On the other hand, a sales tax permit enables a business to legally collect sales tax from customers, which is then remitted to the state government. Typically, businesses require both a license and a permit to operate fully within the law.

Related: What business licenses are needed in Missouri

If you have questions about the sales tax license, the Missouri Department of Revenue has FAQs for business tax registration in Missouri. They can also be contacted by calling 800-735-2966 or 573-751-0840 or by email at salesuse@dor.mo.gov.


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How To Register For A Missouri Sales Tax License

How To Register For A Missouri Sales Tax License

4 Responses

  1. I have a small hobby shop, making wooden crafts. I make Handmade pens , Planter boxes, Sergving trays, almost any thing out of wood. I have n’t sold much, mostly given as gifts, but am considering selling at craft shows /farmers markets, or Flea markets. Need to know what is required as far as legal issues are concerned.

    1. Hi Dennis – If you haven’t seen this info yet, it breaks down your steps to double check if what you have done so far – https://startup101.com/missouri/.

      If you already have the business structure and name taken care of, your licensing would probably be the next step. There is no state business license, however the city you live in may require one. Also the business tax registration, county Merchant License, and sales tax exemption certificate need to be obtained -https://startup101.com/missouri-business-licenses-permits/.

      I can’t comment too much on legal issues, but you may also want to look into at least product liability insurance (info on the different types of insurance – https://startup101.com/navigating-the-7-types-of-insurance-your-business-may-need/) in case someone harms themselves when using your products. Given you have a small volume, this shouldn’t cost a lot. I would recommend checking with a few local agents to get the best pricing.

      Hope this is a good start. Let me know if you have any other questions!


  2. Hello, I have an on-line retail LLC business. I need help learning about the taxes I need to pay in Missouri. Sales and use tax. When do I pay it? Also, di I need to pay sales tax quarterly? How to know and how to do it?

    1. Hi Lena – In Missouri, the state determines when sales tax is due for a particular business. Based on the activity, they may require monthly, quarterly, or annual returns.

      Here is a list of FAQs from the MO DOR that may help – https://dor.mo.gov/faq/taxation/business/sales-tax-filing.html#:~:text=Quarterly%20returns%20are%20due%20on,31%20of%20the%20following%20year.

      The state assess when your sales tax is due based on your projected sales and you should have received something from the state. But, you can contact the DOR and they can look it up for you – https://dor.mo.gov/contact/

      Hope this helps!

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