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Virginia Seller’s Permit, Wholesale License & Reseller License

What is a sales tax certificate? It’s simply a type of business permit that gives you the authority to collect sales tax on retail sales. Most states issue a license of this nature, and across the U.S. it goes by more than a few names: wholesale license, seller’s permit, sales tax permit, resale license, sales and use tax permit, and reseller permit. In Virginia, the official name is Sales Tax Certificate of Registration (Form ST-4). You’re usually given one of these certificates when you register your business with the State of Virginia.

If you’re interested in setting up a business in Virginia, it could be the best decision you’ve ever made. “Old Dominion” has a varied economy powered by a wide spectrum of businesses, large and small. Twenty-one Fortune 500 companies maintain headquarters in the state (as of 2019).

But it’s also likely that you’re not certain how you need to go about filing the proper paperwork with the state to obtain your Sales Tax Certificate of Registration. 

Fortunately, FastFilings has the answer. All you need to do is spend a few minutes filling out our online registration form to get the process started to obtain your seller’s permit in Virginia.

Do You Need a Reseller Permit in Virginia?

Basically, any business that sells, leases, rents, or distributes tangible personal property in Virginia needs to register with the state to collect retail sales and use tax. Virginia law places this requirement on in-state dealers as well as out-of-state dealers. You are defined as an out-of-state dealer if you have no physical location here but generate at least 200 transactions to Virginia-based customers or over $100,000 in annual gross sales in Virginia

This requirement also applies to marketplace facilitators (e.g., payment processors) and accommodations providers (e.g., hotels). 

Most services are non-taxable in Virginia; however, there is an exception for services connected to the sale of tangible property, such as catering. If you provide services, be sure to check current state law to determine whether your business operations require you to have a Virginia wholesale license.

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Virginia Seller’s Permit Vs. Resale Certificate in VA

Although a sales tax certificate/wholesale license in Virginia is generally essential for remaining compliant with state law, there are some privileges it cannot provide. For one, it does not allow your business to purchase wholesale goods on a tax-free basis. To do that, you need a Virginia resale certificate, which is officially known as a Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption.

You can use a resale certificate in Virginia to purchase goods tax-free so long as you intend to resell them later. As the buyer in this transaction, you simply have to fill out a Certificate of Exemption and give it to the seller.

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

Registering your business with the proper state agency is easy when you use FastFilings. With our online ordering platform, you’ll have your Sales Tax Certificate of Registration in no time. You’ll have to provide a few simple pieces of information, including:

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