How to Apply for a Sales Tax License in Michigan

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Michigan requires all businesses or individuals who sell personal property to consumers to collect sales tax. Wholesalers, businesses that sell products to another business or individual for resale, are not required to obtain a sales tax license. Contractors and subcontractors receive an exemption from collecting sales tax since the materials they buy are used on real property and are not resold to a consumer. The Michigan Department of Treasury has streamlined the application process to make it easier for businesses. All applications are submitted online.

Visit the Michigan Department of State's Michigan Business One Stop website. Click on "Start & Register" located in the middle of the page.

Enter all information requested. Create a "Login ID" which is your last name, first initial and four numbers. Other necessary information includes your first and last names, mailing address and email address. Click "Submit."

Wait for your temporary password, which will be sent to the email address provided in a few moments. Open the email and click "Michigan Business One Stop Users click here to login" located at the top of the message.

Insert your user credentials in the Registered Users section on the right side of the screen. Click "go."

Insert the required information including your mother's maiden name, your father's middle name, the city you were born in and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Click "Continue." These are security questions you will need to provide the answers to if requested in the future.

Read the Terms and Conditions and choose either "Accept" or "Decline." If you choose "Decline" you will be unable to continue the process of applying for a Sales Tax License.

Insert all requested information about your business and choose "Sales Tax License" when asked what type of license you are applying for. After the online application has been submitted, your Sales Tax License will be mailed to the address provided within eight to 10 days.


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About the Author

Stephanie Steensma began writing in 1998 as a radio news reporter. Her work has appeared in print publications such as "Engineering Today" and "Dome Magazine" as well as online. Steensma has a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Western Michigan University.

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