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Minnesota Seller’s Permit, Wholesale License & Reseller License

What is there to do in Minnesota? Plenty—this state has a strong economy with representation from a wide range of industries. A number of internationally known corporations are headquartered here, such as 3M, Target, General Mills, and Best Buy. Of course, Minnesota isn’t just a state for Big Business. It has one of the nation’s highest income levels (per capita), which means a lot of buyers with disposable dollars to spend on retail businesses of all kinds, large and small. 

Minnesota is certainly a good place to start a business—but many would-be entrepreneurs have trouble sorting through all the red tape that goes with launching a retail venture. There are multiple business permits and licenses you need to obtain. Among these is a type of license that is commonly referred to as a seller’s permit

Most states require retail businesses to hold a seller’s permit, although its specific name varies by region. Alternative names for a seller’s permit include wholesale license, sales tax permit, sales and use tax permit, resale license, and reseller permit. In Minnesota, it is usually called a Tax ID Number. This permit gives retail businesses the right to charge sales tax on transactions; this money is then remitted to the state.

At FastFilings, we understand that new business owners often have trouble figuring out what permits they need to apply for, and from which government agency. That’s why we have set up a simple online ordering system that takes all the confusion out of the process. In just a few short minutes, you can easily request your Minnesota Tax ID Number through our website.

Does Your Business Need a Wholesale License in Minnesota?

You are expected to register for a Minnesota Tax ID Number if any of the following conditions apply to your business operations:   

  • You have a physical presence in Minnesota (such as an office)
  • You sell products to Minnesota customers via mail order, telephone, or the internet (low-volume sellers may be exempt)
  • You ship at least 200 retail sales transactions into the state during a 12-month period
  • You ship at least $100,000 in retail sales transactions into the state during a 12-month period
  • You have an agent or company representative operating in the state
  • You deliver goods into the state with your own vehicle
  • You provide taxable services to customers in Minnesota
  • You maintain a fulfillment center in Minnesota 
  • You are affiliated with a Minnesota retailer that provides services to your business
  • You have an agreement with a resident of Minnesota who receives a commission of some kind for referring customers, directly or indirectly, to your business

Most types of retail sales in Minnesota are subject to sales tax. Exceptions include food (non-prepared), clothing, and prescription medications. Be sure to obtain your Minnesota wholesale license/Tax ID Number before you begin making sales in the state. 

Reseller Permits
Seller’s Permit and Resale Certificate

Seller's Permit vs. Resale Certificate in MN

Sometimes, businesses need to purchase items on a wholesale, tax-free basis for later resale. It is important to understand that your seller’s permit in Minnesota does not give you the right to do this. If you want to make a tax-free purchase of this nature, you need to use a Minnesota resale certificate. In Minnesota, it is officially known as a Certificate of Exemption (Form ST3).

A resale certificate in Minnesota is intended to be filled out by the purchaser, then given to the seller, who should retain the document in their business records. Note that the State of Minnesota does not allow alcoholic beverages to be exempt from sales tax.

How to Get a Minnesota Seller's Permit for Your Business

FastFilings can help you order your Minnesota Tax ID Number in just a few minutes of your time. You will need to provide the following information: 

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