Sales of tax-free products and services
Who is obliged to register sales tax
When you sell in Arizona to Arizona purchasers you need to be registered in Arizona to collect and pay sales tax.
Starting October 1, 2019, remote dealers with sufficient physical or economic presence for establishing nexus in Arizona need to be registered to collect and pay sales tax in Arizona. This includes online sellers or remote sellers that have $100,000 in annual Arizona gross sales.
Marketplace thresholds by state
The special rules apply to the SAAS business.
Software as Service Tax Thresholds by state.
If all your sales in Arizona come from online marketplaces, in this case, you can’t register for paying sales tax in Arizona. Your marketplace promoter pays the sales tax itself.
If a Marketplace facilitator has a physical presence in Arizona, then it must obtain a TPT(transaction privilege tax) license regardless of the sales amount.
If the Marketplace facilitator is located outside of the state, then it will need to obtain a TPT license only if it meets the threshold requirements for sales to customers from Arizona.
For Marketplace facilitators, the threshold is the same as for remote sellers $100,000.
Sales tax payment and filing date
Depending on your tax liability, determine your filing frequency – either annual monthly or quarterly:
- Annual – $0 to $2,000;
- Quarterly – $2,000 to 8,000;
- Monthly – $8,000 and up.
Sales tax returns are always due on the 20th day of the month following the broadcasting period. If the filing due date falls on a weekend or holiday, sales tax is due the next day. Quarterly filing periods end on the last days of January, April, July, and October.
Penalty and interest
Taxpayers who missed filing an electronic return will be subject to a fine of 5 percent of the tax amount due for filing a paper return. The minimum penalty is $25, including filings with zero obligation.
Taxpayers required to pay electronically will be subject to a penalty of 5% of a load of payment made by check or cash.
Taxpayers who file their tax return late will be subject to a late file penalty of 4.5% of the tax required to be shown on the return for each month, or a fraction of a month if the return is late. There is a minimum of $25 and a maximum of 25% of the tax due or $100, per return, whichever is bigger.
For certain business positions, transactions are not subject to TPT. The department has created exemption certificates to document non-taxable transactions. This establishes a ground for state and city tax deductions or exemptions. It is to be filled out fully by the purchaser and furnished to the vendor at the time of the sale.