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The Ultimate Guide To Nevada Sales Tax

Welcome to our handy guide on Nevada sales tax. We'll walk you through everything you need to know, from the specific sales tax rates in different counties and cities across Nevada to answering some of the most common questions. Plus, we'll guide you on how to efficiently collect and file your sales tax in Nevada.

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What is Nexus?

You'll need to collect sales tax in Nevada if you have nexus there. There are two main ways that sellers can be tied to a state when it comes to nexus: physical, or economic.

Physical nexus means having enough tangible presence, or activity in a state to merit paying sales tax in that state.

Economic nexus means passing a states' economic threshold, for total revenue, or the number of transactions in that state.

Calculating Nexus in Nevada

Physical Nexus

Physical nexus happens when your business has a real, tangible presence in Nevada. This includes:
  • Operating a physical office, warehouse, or store in the state
  • Having employees or sales reps working in Nevada
  • Storing inventory or property in Nevada, including in third-party fulfillment centers
  • Participating in trade shows or making in-person sales in Nevada
If your business has this kind of physical footprint in Nevada, you’ll need to collect and pay sales tax on sales to customers in the state.

Economic Nexus

Economic nexus kicks in when your sales or transactions in Nevada hit certain levels, even if you’re not physically there. As of 2021, the rules in Nevada are:
  • Making $100,000 or more in gross revenue from sales of tangible goods, services, or digital products delivered into Nevada, or
  • Having 200 or more separate transactions involving these goods and services in Nevada
If you cross these thresholds within a year, it's time to start dealing with Nevada sales tax.

Affiliate Nexus

Affiliate nexus is about your business connections in Nevada. This might be:
  • Sharing ownership or management with a company in Nevada
  • Partnering with a Nevada-based affiliate for promotions or sales, like referrals or ads
With affiliate nexus, you're on the hook for collecting and paying sales tax in Nevada.

Click-Through Nexus

Click-through nexus comes into play with online referrals. While Nevada doesn't have specific laws for this, the rules for affiliate nexus might still apply.

Marketplace Nexus

Marketplace nexus is for those selling through online marketplaces like Amazon or eBay. In Nevada, if these marketplaces meet the state’s economic nexus thresholds, they’re responsible for handling the sales tax for you.
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Sales Tax Registration in Nevada

How to Get Your Nevada Sales Tax Permit

To get your Nevada sales tax license, here’s what you need to do:
  1. Gather Your Info: Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary details ready. This includes your business's legal name, address, contact info, and your Federal Tax ID Number (EIN). You’ll also need to know your business structure – like if it’s a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC.
  2. Head to the Tax Department Website: Visit the Nevada Department of Taxation website to get to their online registration system.
  3. Create an Account: Click on "Nevada Tax Center" and set up an account if you don’t already have one. You’ll need your name, email, and a password.
  4. Fill Out the Application: Once you're logged in, click "Register a Business" to start the application. You’ll be asked a bunch of questions about your business and its sales tax responsibilities. Be accurate and thorough to avoid any hiccups.
  5. Submit and Pay (If Needed): After filling everything out, double-check your info. If all’s good, submit your application. There might be a registration fee, so be ready to pay that with a credit card or electronic check.
  6. Wait for Your Permit: After your application is approved, you’ll get your sales tax permit. It might take a few weeks, and remember, you can’t legally collect sales tax until you have this permit in hand.

Cost of Registering for a Nevada Sales Tax License

Good news – there’s no fee to register for a Nevada sales tax license. But keep in mind, depending on your sales tax liability, you might need to post a security deposit with the Department of Taxation. The amount varies.

Federal Tax ID for Nevada Sales Tax License

Yes, you’ll need a Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) to register. It’s issued by the IRS to identify your business for tax purposes. You can apply for this number online at the IRS website.

Other Nevada Registrations to Consider

Your business might also need to register with other agencies in Nevada, depending on what you do and where you’re located:
  • Nevada Secretary of State: For setting up your business entity, annual reports, and other corporate paperwork.
  • Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation: If you have employees, for unemployment insurance and workforce programs.
  • Nevada Division of Industrial Relations: For workers' compensation and meeting safety regulations.
  • Local Licensing Offices: Some cities and counties in Nevada also require local business licenses or permits.

Guide to collecting sales tax in Nevada

Is Nevada an Origin or Destination Sales Tax State?

Nevada uses destination-based sales tax. This means you'll calculate the sales tax rate based on where your customer is located, not where your business is. If you're selling to customers in different parts of Nevada, it's important to know the specific sales tax rate for each location.

What Sales are Subject to Sales Tax in Nevada?

In Nevada, you'll generally be collecting sales tax on these things:
  • Sales of tangible items like furniture, electronics, and clothing
  • Leasing or renting tangible personal property
  • Some services, including short-term lodging and certain repair services
  • Digital products, such as e-books, music, and software

Is Software as a Service (SaaS) Taxed in Nevada?

Nope, SaaS isn't taxed in Nevada. The state doesn't consider SaaS taxable since it's not delivered in a tangible form. But keep in mind, sales tax laws can change, so it's wise to stay updated with the Nevada Department of Taxation. And if you're selling SaaS in multiple states, make sure to check the sales tax laws in each state.

What is Exempt from Nevadane Sales Tax?

Not everything is taxed in Nevada. Here are some of the exemptions:
  • Prescription drugs and certain medical devices
  • Groceries and unprepared food
  • Newspapers, magazines, and periodicals
  • Sales to government agencies and nonprofits
  • Services like legal, medical, and educational services

Who is Eligible for Nevada Sales Tax Exemptions?

In Nevada, these groups can often skip sales tax:
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofits with tax-exempt status
  • Religious organizations
  • Schools and educational institutions

What To Do If Your Customer is Exempt from Sales Tax in Nevada?

If you've got a customer who's exempt from sales tax, you need to get a completed Nevada Sales Tax Exemption Certificate from them. Keep this form on file – you’ll need it for at least four years, just in case of an audit.

What if You Lose a Nevada Sales Tax Exemption Certificate?

If you misplace an exemption certificate, ask your customer for a new one. You'll need these certificates to prove sales were tax-exempt if you're ever audited. Not having them could lead to penalties and interest on the tax you should have collected.
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Steps for Filing a Nevada Sales Tax Return

Your filing frequency in Nevada depends on how much sales tax you collect. Here’s how it works:
  • Monthly Filing: If your sales tax liability is over $10,000 a year, you’re on a monthly schedule. Monthly returns are due by the last day of the month after the reporting period.
  • Quarterly Filing: Collecting between $250 and $10,000 a year? Then you file quarterly. These returns are due by the last day of the month after the quarter ends.
  • Annual Filing: If you’re under $250 a year in sales tax, you file annually. Your deadline is January 31st of the following year.

What If a Filing Date Falls on a Weekend or Holiday?

If your Nevada sales tax due date lands on a weekend or holiday, you get a bit more time. The deadline moves to the next business day.

How to File a Nevada Sales Tax Return

Filing your Nevada sales tax return is pretty straightforward. Here’s what you do:
  1. Gather Your Info: Make sure you have all your sales data – total sales, taxable sales, and the sales tax collected.
  2. Log Into Nevada Tax Center: Head over to the Nevada Tax Center website and log in.
  3. Pick the Right Period: Once logged in, find the "File a Return" section and choose the right filing period.
  4. Fill Out the Return Form: Enter your sales info, including a breakdown by jurisdiction if you sell in multiple places in Nevada.
  5. Review and Submit: Double-check everything, then submit your return.
  6. Pay Your Tax: After submitting, pay the due tax. You can use a credit card, debit card, or electronic check. Remember, some payment methods might include extra fees.

Penalties for Late Filing in Nevada

Missed a filing or payment deadline? Here’s what could happen:
  • Late Filing Penalty: There’s a 10% penalty on the unpaid tax for filing late.
  • Late Payment Penalty: Also a 10% penalty on the unpaid tax for late payments.
  • Interest: You’ll owe interest on any unpaid tax from the due date until you pay it off.

Sales Tax Incentives in Nevada

  • Economic Development Sales Tax Abatements: These are for businesses creating new jobs and investing in Nevada, offering tax breaks on capital equipment purchases.
  • Green Energy Project Exemptions: Get tax breaks for buying equipment and materials for renewable energy projects.
  • Data Center Exemptions: Qualified data centers can get tax breaks on certain computer equipment and hardware.

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