Arizona Sales Tax Guide
Chapter 1: An introduction to Arizona sales tax management
Sales tax is a tax paid to a governing body (state or local) for the sale of certain goods and services. First enacted in the United States in 1921, sales tax dates back to ancient Egyptian times where paintings depict the collection of tax on commodities. Arizona first adopted a general state sales tax in 1942. Since that time, the rate has risen to 6. In the second quarter of 2015, the Arizona Department of Revenue reported $1,554,426 in revenue from taxes on general sales and gross receipts; 40.6% of total Arizona state taxes.
As a business owner selling taxable goods or services, you act as an agent of the state of Arizona by collecting tax dollars from purchasers and passing it along to the state and local tax authority. This is an important point worth emphasizing. Any sales tax collected from residents belongs to the Arizona Department of Revenue. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to manage the taxes you collect to remain in compliance with state laws and avoid penalty and interest payments.When does Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax need to be collected?
In Arizona, Transaction Privilege Tax is collected on the sale of tangible goods and some services. The tax is collected by the seller and remitted to state and local tax authorities. The seller acts as a pseudo-tax collector.Do I need to collect Transaction Privilege Tax in Arizona?
To better understand whether you need to collect Transaction Privilege Tax in Arizona, we've created a simple three step checklist you can use to get a better feel for your Arizona tax situation:
- Do I have nexus in Arizona?
- Am I selling taxable goods or services to Arizona residents?
- Is my buyer required to pay Transaction Privilege Tax?
If the answer to all three of the questions above is "Yes", then you are required by the Arizona Department of Revenue to collect, file, and remit Transaction Privilege Tax.Does Transaction Privilege Tax accept out-of-state resale certificates?
Yes! At the time of publication, the Arizona Department of Revenue is accepting out-of-state resale certificates.What happens if I don't collect any Transaction Privilege Tax?
If you meet the criteria for collecting sales tax (nexus in Arizona and selling taxable goods or services to taxable residents) and choose not to collect Transaction Privilege Tax, you will be held responsible for the tax due. As such it is extremely important that you set up tax collection at the point of sale. Attempting to contact customers to collect sales tax after the fact is time consuming and unlikely to be fruitful.Is Arizona a Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) state?
At this time, Arizona is not a member of the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Agreement.What state sourcing rules apply to Arizona?
Arizona is a destination-based state. Destination-based states are those where the transaction location is defined as the customer delivery location rather than the shipping location of the business. As a seller in Arizona, this means you are responsible for applying the sales tax rate determined by the ship-to address on all taxable sales.