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A Chicago, IL wholesale license has tremendous benefits:
✓ Also known as a certificate of authority, a seller's permit, a resale certificate, etc.
✓ Required for any business in Chicago selling tangible goods.
✓ Avoid paying sales tax on purchases.
✓ Quality for wholesale discount pricing.
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Get Your Chicago, IL Wholesale License Today

Chicago is not only the largest city in Illinois, it's also the biggest in the entire Midwestern region. If you plan to set up a business here, you can take advantage of Chicago's position as one of the hubs of international finance and commerce. But there are a few things you need to do first. There is red tape to contend with and forms that need to be filled out. Among other things, you need to get what is known as a seller's permit. This is a type of business license that also goes by a number of alternative names, including wholesale license, sales and use tax permit, reseller permit, and resale license. It gives you legal permission to collect sales tax on behalf of the state. How do you get one? Just leave it to the experts at FastFilings. With our convenient online ordering process, you’ll have your reseller permit/wholesale license in Chicago with only a little effort on your part.

Do You Really Need a Chicago Seller's Permit?

 Yes, if you’re in the business of selling “tangible personal property” anywhere in Illinois. Businesses that sell this type of property are subject to the Illinois sales tax and what is known as a Retailers’ Occupation Tax. If your business has a presence in Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois—even if it’s just a storage location—then you are bound by state law governing sales of tangible personal property.

Tangible personal property in Illinois is classified into three separate groups, each with its own tax rate:

  • Qualifying food, drugs, and medical appliances – Includes prescription medications and food not intended for immediate consumption (e.g., sold at grocery stores, but not hot food).
  • Items required to be titled or registered – Includes ATVs, motor vehicles, mobile homes, trailers, and watercraft.
  • General merchandise – Includes soft drinks, food prepared at restaurants, grooming products, and prepaid phone services.

Illinois tax law is unusually complicated, which is why it’s best to come to an experienced filing service like FastFilings for help with obtaining your sales tax permit.

Chicago Seller’s Permit Vs. Resale Certificate in IL

This is a topic that confuses many novice business owners. It is important to understand that your Illinois wholesale license is not the same thing as an Illinois resale certificate (officially called a Certificate of Resale). A resale certificate gives you the right to purchase goods tax-free on the condition that you later resell them. A copy of this certificate is provided by the buyer to the seller at the time of the original transaction. You should retain this resale certificate in Chicago in your business records for auditing purposes.

How to Get an Illinois Seller’s Permit for Your Business

Getting a seller’s permit in Illinois has never been so easy. We’ve done everything we could to make the process as streamlined as possible. All you have to do is fill out our online ordering form, and we’ll do the legwork. You just need to have the following information ready:

  • The name of your business
  • The type of business entity
  • Address and phone number of your business
  • Driver license number of the owner or an officer
  • Social Security number
  • Projected monthly sales
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