You must obtain a Texas sales and use tax permit if you are an individual, partnership, corporation or other legal entity engaged in business in Texas and you:
"Tangible personal property" is personal property that can be seen, weighed, measured, felt, or touched or that is perceptible to the senses. See Tax Code Section 151.009, "Tangible Personal Property."
The sale of certain services, including amusement, cable television, data processing and telecommunication services, is subject to Texas sales and use tax. See Tax Code Section 151.0101, Taxable Services for a full list of taxable services. See also Publication 96-259, Taxable Services for more information.
You are engaged in business in Texas if any of the following statements apply:
You can apply for a sales tax permit using our Texas Online Sales Tax Registration Application System, or print AP-201, Texas Application for Sales and Use Tax Permit (PDF) from the Texas Sales and Use Tax Forms webpage and mail it to the Comptroller’s office at:Comptroller of Public Accounts
There is no fee for the permit, but you may be required to post a security bond. For more information on security bonds, contact a Comptroller field office.
As a permit holder, you are required to:
You are required to file a sales and use tax return even if there are no taxable sales or purchases to report during that filing period.
Yes, you can submit an application for a sales and use tax permit without including a federal identification number on the permit application.
As a seller, you must have a tax permit for each active place of business. A place of business is an established outlet, office or location that the seller, the seller's agent or employee operates to receive three or more orders for taxable items in a calendar year. If you have multiple active places of business, you will receive separate permits for each business location with the same taxpayer identification number but with separate outlet numbers.
A warehouse, storage yard or manufacturing plant is not a "place of business of the seller" for tax permit requirement purposes unless the seller receives three or more orders in a calendar year at the warehouse, storage yard or manufacturing plant.
If you held a permit for a previous business and your permit has been cancelled or is inactive, you must reapply for a sales tax permit for your new business even if it is at the same location.
A permit is valid only for the person to whom it was issued and only for the business at the address shown on the permit. It cannot be transferred from one owner to another. For additional information on buying an existing business, see the Buying, Selling, or Discontinuing a Business section of this FAQs webpage.
Yes. Your business needs a new permit if there are any changes in ownership. If you are a sole proprietor and you incorporate your business, or you form a partnership or limited liability company, this is considered a change of ownership. For example, if you operate a business as a sole proprietor but decide to incorporate, the corporation will have to obtain a new permit for the business, even though you may operate the business as an officer of the corporation. You also must close the sole proprietor sales tax permit if it is no longer needed.
Your permit is valid only if you are actively engaged in business as a seller. If you are no longer conducting business, you should close the business location and return your permit to the Comptroller’s office for cancellation. Likewise, the Comptroller’s office may cancel your permit if it finds that you are no longer engaged in business as a seller.
Please note that if your permit is active, you must still file sales tax returns – even if you have no taxable sales or purchases to report.
Yes. Your current business and contact information must be accurate.
Update your information through one of the following methods:
When you apply for a sales and use tax permit, we may be able to inform you of other taxes, licenses or fees for which your business might be responsible; but it is ultimately your responsibility to determine what taxes, licenses or fees (federal, state or local) your business must report or pay.
Yes. Your records may be audited to determine whether you have collected and paid the correct amount of tax. The audit may determine that you owe tax, that you are entitled to a refund of overpaid taxes or that you have paid the correct amount. In general, you may be audited in four-year intervals; thus, you are required to keep records for a minimum of four years. See the Keeping Records section of this FAQs webpage.
The Comptroller’s office receives requests each week for a list of businesses that have been issued new sales tax permits. This is public information, and our office is required by law to provide the requested public information, including the permittee’s telephone number. Please keep the following in mind: