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Avoiding Tax Registration Pitfalls: Wrong Application, Steps

avoiding tax registration pitfalls

There are several areas of the sales tax world that can be a bit complex for some business owners, and one of these is in the realm of sales tax registration. Each state has its own registration requirements and approaches, plus economic nexus thresholds, and avoiding certain common errors as you go about registering your business in a given state is very important.

At SalesTaxSolutions.US, we’re proud to offer numerous forms of sales tax assistance to varying business clients, from sales tax registration and nexus determination to things like sales tax reports, Shopify tax documents and more. What are some of the key errors we often see from clients in the realm of sales tax registration, and how will working with experts like ours help you steer clear of these for your business? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.

Wrong Application Filled Out

Unfortunately, one of the most common errors we see from businesses when it comes to sales tax registration is simply filling out the wrong application form. We’ll explain why this happens in a bit, but the point is that it can be an incredibly costly mistake if you don’t correct it quickly and get your business registered with the right forms. In some cases, this error can even lead to your business being flagged by the state and charged with noncompliance fees.

Now, why does this happen? There are a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is that businesses don’t realize that each state has its own unique application form for sales tax registration. This means you can’t just fill out a single application and expect it to be accepted – you need to find the specific form for your target state, fill it out correctly and submit it in order for your registration to go through.

Working with experts like our team at SalesTaxSolutions.US can be hugely helpful in this regard, as we’re familiar with the application forms and requirements for each state – plus, we’ll check over your submissions before they’re sent out to make sure everything is accurate.

Failing to Consider Multi-Step Processes

As we alluded to above, there are a few states that require multiple steps in order to get your business registered for sales tax. For example, some states require you to register with the Department of Revenue first, then apply for a sales and use tax permit from the Department of Taxation afterwards.

Failing to consider these multi-step processes can be very costly, as it delays the registration process significantly and can even lead to noncompliance penalties. This is why it’s so important to make sure you understand the specific requirements of each state before you start your sales tax registration – otherwise, you could run into significant difficulties along the way. Fortunately, working with experts like us can help take some of that burden off your shoulders.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some additional errors to avoid while registering your business for sales tax in your state. For more here, or to learn about any of our sales tax services for varying businesses, speak to our team at SalesTaxSolutions.US today.


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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