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How to Register For A West Virginia Sales Tax Permit

How to Register For A West Virginia Sales Tax Permit

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How to Register For A West Virginia Sales Tax Permit

Most businesses starting in West Virginia that are selling products or services will need to register for a sales tax permit, which is often referred to as a seller’s permit, sales tax license, sales tax number, or sales tax registration.

The sales and use tax permit is obtained through the state of West Virginia State Tax Department as a part of the West Virginia Business Registration Certificate. In addition to registering for the sales tax permit, a business will also be able to register for withholding taxes.

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

Also See: Guide to starting a business in West Virginia

Who needs a sales tax permit in West Virginia?

A business must register for a sales tax permit in West Virginia when:

  • A business has an “economic nexus” (physical presence in the state) when they have a retail store, office, or warehouse where products are produced or inventory is stored.
  • Making a sale of tangible personal property or taxable services in West Virginia (includes occasionally selling items at craft shows, fairs, seminars, shows, etc.).
  • Charging admission to any place of amusement, sport, or recreation.
  • A business that has employees working in West Virginia.
  • Transient Vendors are vendors from outside of West Virginia, that transport and sell tangible personal property while not having a business located in the state.
  • A remote seller who sells over $100,000 or ships over 200 transactions annually to residents in the state

What products and services are taxable in West Virginia?

Physical products

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

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

Digital Products

Digital products are tax exempt in West Virginia.

Services

Most services are taxable in West Virginia, however, there are a few exceptions, some of which include:

  • Advertising (radio or TV broadcasting time, preprinted advertising circulars, outdoor advertising space, etc.)
  • Contracting – construction, alteration, repair improvement, or decoration of real property provided the work improves the property
  • Daycare centers
  • Prescriptions and Drugs
  • Durable medical goods

See the full list of sales tax exemptions in West Virginia.

How to register for a sales tax permit in West Virginia

A sales tax permit can be obtained by registering online through the WV State Tax Department or by mailing the Business Registration Application (Form WV/BUS-APP).

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 and sends it to the West Virginia State Tax Department.

How much sales tax is charged?

If the purchase is made at a store or in a mobile location, the sales tax rate varies depending on the location of where the sale took place in West Virginia. In addition to the statewide sales tax, municipalities may add additional sales taxes. When shipping in-state, the sales tax is based on the address of the purchaser.

When are West Virginia sales tax returns due?

The West Virginia State Tax Department will determine a filing frequency based on the expected volume of sales, which will be monthly, quarterly, or annually. Generally, a business collecting over $250 in sales taxes each month will file monthly.

Filings are due 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. Failure to file or pay the tax due will result in the assessment of penalties and interest.

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

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West Virginia Sales Tax Permit FAQs

How much does a West Virginia sales tax permit cost?

The Business Registration Application, which is used to register for the sales tax permit, costs $30.

How long does it take to get a West Virginia sales tax permit?

Expect 2-3 business days to receive a sales tax permit when registering online or 2-3 weeks when applying by mail.

Do you have to renew your West Virginia sales tax permit?

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 State Tax Department.

How do I get a wholesale license in West Virginia?

A business can purchase items to resell without paying state sales tax. The tax liability is passed from the vendor or wholesaler 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. The reseller will fill out a West Virginia Certificate of Exemption (also called a sales tax exemption certificate or resale certificate) to document that the items being purchased are for resale.

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

No – A business license and a sales tax permit are not the same thing. Here’s how they differ:

A business license gives you the right to operate your business in a specific area, while a sales tax permit allows you to collect sales tax from your customers on behalf of the state.

Related: What business licenses are needed in West Virginia

If you have questions about the sales tax permit, the West Virginia State Tax Department has a helpful guide to West Virginia taxes or can be contacted by calling 304-558-3333 or emailing TaxHelp@WV.gov.

How to Register For A West Virginia Sales Tax Permit

How to Register For A West Virginia Sales Tax Permit

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