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Colorado Seller’s Permit, Wholesale License & Reseller License

Colorado, the eighth-largest U.S. state by area, has grown steadily in population over the last few decades. As a result, there are a lot of business opportunities here, largely centered on Denver, which is not only the capital of the state but also its most heavily populated city. The median household income in Colorado is more than $70,000/year, so this state has plenty of potential customers with disposable income to spend on your business venture.

As with every state, however, setting up a business in Colorado requires a certain amount of paperwork. This includes applying for a type of business permit that is known as a sales tax license. Possessing one of these is necessary if you sell products or services in Colorado that are subject to the state’s sales tax.

This type of license is mandated by most states, and it also has a number of other names, depending on where you live: wholesale license, seller’s permit, sales and use tax permit, sales tax permit, resale license, and reseller permit. By any name, it has the same function—it authorizes businesses to collect sales tax on retail transactions. 

If you’re not certain how to get your Colorado wholesale license, there’s no need for concern. We can help. At FastFilings, you can use our online ordering system to request a reseller permit in Colorado—and it takes just a few minutes of your time.

Does Your Business Need a Wholesale License in Colorado?

The short answer is that you need a seller’s permit in Colorado if your business is involved with selling “tangible personal property” anywhere in the state. The definition of tangible property includes digital products such as e-books and videos.

With a few exceptions, you do not need a sales tax license if you sell services. Exceptions include sales of food and drink from public dining establishments, gas and electric service, and intrastate telephone service. Businesses involved in short-term room rentals are also subject to sales tax licensing requirements.

Real property and intangible personal property (e.g., deeds, stocks, contracts) are considered non-taxable. Transactions involving these do not require a sales tax license. 

In general, if you’re a retailer located in Colorado, you must have a wholesale license. You’re considered to have a presence in Colorado if you sell, lease, deliver, store, or distribute taxable goods or services in the state. Even if you have no physical location in the state, you must have a sales tax license if you advertise or have representatives operating here.

However, retailers are exempt from the sales tax license requirement if they have no physical location here and generate retail sales under $100,000/year.

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Seller’s Permit and Resale Certificate

Seller’s Permit Vs. Resale Certificate in Colorado

While a seller’s permit is needed to collect sales tax, a resale certificate performs a different function. This is important to understand because there is widespread confusion on this point. A Colorado resale certificate gives a business the right to purchase ordinarily taxable goods without paying sales tax on the transaction, provided that these goods will be resold later. In Colorado, this form is officially called a Sales Tax Exemption Certificate.

The resale certificate is filled out by the buyer in the transaction and given to the seller. The seller should retain the certificate for a minimum of three years. It should be noted that Colorado law requires the seller to perform a reasonable amount of due diligence when entering into these kinds of transactions—they should not sell items tax-free if it’s obvious that the purchaser does not intend them to be resold.

How to Get a Colorado Seller’s Permit for Your Business

At FastFilings, we do everything possible to streamline the ordering process. All you need to do is input some information into our online system. Before you begin, make sure to have the following data on hand:
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