I have an Alabama Sales Tax
question, that reflects Sales in other states as well.
I resell Direct mail with my marketing company. I moved to Alabama a couple of years ago, along with my company that I work out of my home with.
Most all my business is out of the state of Alabama, so as I understand it, I am not required to pay or collect sales tax for any of those mailers, due to interstate commerce regulations I believe.
In Alabama itself, any business I re-sell to in this state, as i understand it, I am required to collect or pay for sales tax for what I charge my customers minus postage which is not taxable.
So in 2012, when it looked like I was going to sell 2 small accounts, I contacted the state to get the forms for re-sell and county taxes
. The state sent back a letter stating I was not a re-seller, but rather a retail company, which I am not.
I have the printing and mailing done currently in Alabama for our company. They don't charge me sales tax because I am a reseller. I have had and may have other printers/mailing houses I use for our company mailers that we sell.
In Alabama I guess there is a county sales tax enrollment for every area separately, to need to submit for any business sold out those counties, as they vary in rates, so I submitted my annual one, which only came to about $17 for 2012, but I don't have a form to send in the sales tax for those 2 accounts for 2012 for the State, and don't want to get in trouble with them.
I guess what I'm saying, is that I want to get set up correctly with the State of Alabama for reselling our mailers, and am not sure if it makes a difference where I have them printed/mailed to qualify or not for needing to pay sales tax out of my customers' sales in this state or any other as a reseller.
If they already denied me a re-sell permit, what do I do? I don't want them to come back on me and penalize me for not having it set up with the state for 2012 either. I'm also concerned that without my permit, if they audit my printing/mailing resource and see they haven't been charging me sales tax and I don't have a resell permit, that there could be a problem there also.
My business checking account is still in South Dakota, but all my marketing material/website, and my personal office/residency that is not in my name for ownership of, is in Alabama.
Please advise how to get things set up correctly for Sales Tax, and whether I need to be concerned about other states wanting to collect sales tax from my company down the road because business was sold to them out of state.
I have an Independent Rep also in Wisonsin, and want to recruit many more Independents in other states this year, but do printing/mailing centrally wherever our resources are as a company. Does that make a difference in needing to charge sales tax for those areas also?