Welcome to our handy guide on Georgia sales tax. We'll walk you through everything you need to know, from the specific sales tax rates in different counties and cities across Georgia to answering some of the most common questions. Plus, we'll guide you on how to efficiently collect and file your sales tax in Georgia.
Sales Tax Rate
Groceries are taxed, but lottery tickets are not. In Georgia, dreaming big is tax-free.
How to Get Your Georgia Sales Tax Permit
Cost of Registering for a Georgia Sales Tax LicenseGood news - registering for a Georgia sales tax license is free!
Federal Tax ID for Georgia Sales Tax LicenseYes, you will need a Federal Tax ID Number or EIN to register for a Georgia Sales Tax License. You can get this number from the IRS website, and the process is quick and free.
Other Georgia Registrations to Consider
Is Georgia an Origin or Destination Sales Tax State?
What Sales are Subject to Sales Tax in Georgia?In Georgia, most tangible personal property is taxable – things like furniture, electronics, appliances, and more. Some services, like event admissions and telecommunications, are also taxed. Keep an eye on the state tax rate of 4%, plus any additional local taxes.
Is Software as a Service (SaaS) Taxed in Georgia?Currently, SaaS isn’t taxed in Georgia. However, there's potential legislation on the horizon that might change this, so stay informed, especially if you’re in the SaaS business.
What is Exempt from Georgiane Sales Tax?Sales tax exemptions in Georgia include food and medicine, prescription drugs, gasoline and diesel fuel, utilities, newspapers, books, and clothing for kids under 12, among others. Always check with the Georgia Department of Revenue for the most current list of exemptions.
Who is Eligible for Georgia Sales Tax Exemptions?Groups like nonprofits, government agencies, and certain individuals (like the elderly or disabled) might qualify for sales tax exemptions on specific purchases. If you're not sure, it's worth checking the requirements for each exemption category.
What To Do If Your Customer is Exempt from Sales Tax in Georgia?When a customer is exempt from sales tax, make sure you get and keep a valid exemption certificate from them. This is your proof for not collecting tax on that sale. Keep these documents safe and organized – they’re important for your records.
What if You Lose a Georgia Sales Tax Exemption Certificate?If you lose an exemption certificate, get in touch with the customer for a replacement. It’s always good to keep a record of your efforts to replace the certificate, just in case of an audit. If you can't get a new one, contact the Georgia Department of Revenue for advice.
Edible gourds are exempt from sales tax. Who decides which gourds are edible and which ones aren’t?
What If a Filing Date Falls on a Weekend or Holiday?If a filing deadline falls on a weekend or a public holiday, you get a bit of extra time. The deadline extends to the next business day, giving you a small breather to get your tax affairs in order.
How to File a Georgia Sales Tax Return
Penalties for Late Filing in Georgia
Sales Tax Incentives in Georgia
Discount for Early PaymentGeorgia offers a sweet deal for those who pay early. You can get a 3% discount on the first $3,000 of the tax due, and 0.5% on any additional amount. To grab this discount, file and pay electronically and do it on time.
Sales Tax HolidaysGeorgia hosts two sales tax holidays. One is the Back-to-School holiday in late July for school supplies and clothes. The other is the Energy Star holiday in October for energy-efficient appliances and products. These holidays let shoppers buy certain items without paying sales tax, making it a great time to save some cash.
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