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Use this registration service to establish a new tax account for Sales & Use Tax, Use Tax, Service Provider Tax, and/or Income Tax Withholding. For all other tax registrations, a paper application must be completed at this time. For paper applications, go to http://www.state.me.us/revenue/forms/general/reg.pdf.
No, this is a free service.
To qualify for a resale certificate, a retailer must apply for or have an active account and report $3,000 or more of gross sales per year. Maine Revenue Services annually reviews all active sales tax accounts and reissues expiring resale certificates to those retailers that qualify.
If you do not qualify for a resale certificate, sales tax must be paid to your vendor on all items purchased for resale. A credit can be taken on your next sales tax return on the line that reads, "Credit for Sales Tax Paid on Goods Resold". Enter the amount of sales tax paid.
Any entity other than a sole proprietor will need an EIN to register for a tax number. A federal EIN must be provided to register for Maine Income Tax Withholding.
To obtain a Federal EIN, go to www.irs.gov to apply online or download IRS Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. To contact the IRS by phone, call 1-800-829-4933.
Employers can register for both a state unemployment insurance account number (known as an SEIN) with the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) and a Maine withholding account number with Maine Revenue Services (MRS) by clicking this link to the Maine Employer Registration Internet System (MERIS) at https://gateway.maine.gov/dol/meris/.
The application needs to be completed in less than 45 minutes; however, it should take less than 20 minutes to complete.
Certificates will be mailed for Sales and Service Provider tax registrations and a confirmation letter will be mailed for Income Tax Withholding and Use Tax registrations within 20 business days. Instructions on how to file will be included. For more information or to download forms you may visit www.maine.gov/revenue.
Online applications are received by the Central Registration Unit the following business day. Applications are processed within several days of receipt. You may contact the Central Registration Unit at (207) 624-5644 to check on the status of your application.
Central Registration Unit (207) 624-5644
Unemployment Compensation Tax Division (207) 621-5120 option 3, then 1
Sales/Use Tax (207) 624-9693 option 4
Income Tax Withholding (207) 626-8475 option 1 for touchtone phone, then 4
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