Starting a business with a physical location is not easy, there are a lot of moving parts that you need to consider. Not only do you need to decide where to get your inventory, but how you will do it cost effectively and with the least amount of excess tax.
Therefore, if you are a business that purchases items from other businesses for resale, then the only method to avoid paying sales tax, in the form of a resale certificate. This certificate requires adequate documentation and indicates that the item was in good faith when the purchaser obtained the item. At the final sale, the purchaser will resell the item and report tax.
Typically, a reseller’s certificate is provided by a retailer to a wholesale dealer. In some states, it is known as a reseller permit, a resale license, or a sales tax permit. Overall, the resellers certificate is used to identify your company as a reseller to wholesalers.
You might need a Wyoming resellers certificate if you are a business that is registered for sales and use tax. In this case, you can only use a reseller's certificate when merchandise is being purchased specifically to be resold. You cannot use a resale certificate in order to purchase merchandise that you plan to use or consume for your business.
Basically, you will need a resellers certificate whenever you plan to buy wholesale products. This means that if you want to be exempt from sales tax when purchasing items for your business, you will need one. It is good to note that any merchandise obtained with a resale certificate is subject to use tax if it is consumed by the purchaser. This means that it must be reported, and then the tax must be paid appropriately.
There are some cases in which businesses are not required to hold a seller’s permit. This might be because you do not make sales in a particular state, or because you do not sell items that are subject to sales tax when sold at retail.
If you happen to be selling to a purchaser that does not need to hold a seller’s permit but who does want to purchase using a resale certificate, this must be indicated on the certificate. It must blatantly state that the purchaser does not hold a permit and why they do not require one.
When you are speaking about a nexus, it is in relation to being a business that has a “sufficient physical presence”. This means that your nexus will determine whether or not a business must collect sales tax, or use tax on the products that it plans to sell.
Different states have different rules on what is considered a “sufficient physical presence”, but in Wyoming, one of the following must exist:
If you do have a nexus in Wyoming, you will be expected to collect sales tax. When you are purchasing from a nexus, you must use a reseller's certificate to avoid paying that sales tax.
There are a few easy steps to obtain a reseller's certificate.
If you plan to purchase items at wholesale and sell them in a retail store, then you should obtain a reseller's certificate in Wyoming. This will provide you with the opportunity to avoid paying sales tax on items that you plan to resale. It is essential to do so if you own a business with a storefront. To learn more about reseller’s certificates and how to acquire them, contact a Wyoming attorney today!