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Avoiding Tax Registration Pitfalls: Timing, Address, Backdating

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common initial mistakes that businesses make when filling out sales tax registration forms and related documents. From using the wrong application to a few other potential pitfalls, there are just a handful of simple errors you want to steer clear of during this process to ensure your business is on good footing and in full legal compliance.

At SalesTaxSolutions.US, we’re happy to offer a wide range of business sales tax services, including everything from sales tax registration to nexus determination, Shopify tax reporting and much more. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some additional possible mistakes to stay away from when registering your business.

Improper Time Frame Considerations

Depending on where you’re located and the type of business you have, the time frame for registering your sales tax may vary. While some states allow businesses to register at any point during the year, many require registration within 30 or 60 days of opening a business. Failing to meet this requirement can result in hefty fines and penalties, so be sure you know what timeline applies to your business.

In addition, timing should also be considered in terms of how long it will take for applications to be processed. Depending on the state, this could take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. If you’re getting ready to start accepting payments, make sure you factor in the processing time when deciding when to register your business.

No Proper US Virtual Address for State Mail

If you’re a business that’s active in multiple states, you may need to set up a virtual or physical address in each state. This is so you can use the address on your registration form and also be available for mailing purposes should the state need to contact you at any point. If you don’t have an appropriate address listed, you could risk being flagged and not receive timely notifications from the state about changes in tax laws or other important information.

Issues With Backdating

There may sometimes arise a need to backdate a sales tax registration application, but there are also some states that place limits on this. Georgia, for instance, won’t allow you to backdate an application by more than six months, while others may include fees or penalties. Make sure you’re familiar with any limitations on backdating in the states where you do business before submitting your application to ensure it’s accepted without issue.

As you can see, there are many factors to consider when filing sales tax registration forms and other related documents. If you’re ever unsure about anything, SalesTaxSolutions.US is always here to help guide you through the process for a smooth, successful experience every time. Contact us today to learn more about this or any of our quality sales tax services!


Christopher Stout

Christopher Stout has 25 years of experience as a sales tax accountant, working across a wide variety of industries and sales platforms. He's personally prepared or supervised the preparation of over 60,000 sales and use tax returns in his career.

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