How to File a Sales Tax Manually in Every State

by Jennifer Dunn November 1, 2020

Once you’ve registered for sales tax permit, you now need to file a sales tax return when your state requests you to file.

Even if you made $0 in sales, some states require you to file a $0 return to avoid penalties.

How to File A Sales Tax Return Manually

In order to file your sales tax return, it’s important to gather a few key documents and pieces of information.

Every state has specific requirements. Generally, we recommend:

  1. Your TaxJar Sales Tax Report for the state where you’re filing
  2. Your Sales and Use Tax account number
  3. Your state-assigned filing frequency
  4. Your e-File electronic filing login details (ie: username, password, etc)
  5. Your bank account number and routing number that you’d like to use for sales tax payment

Every state and every website is slightly different, so we’ve listed link to every state below with quick access to step-by-step guide instructions, state-provided filing videos and other resources.

How to Use This Post

Use this post to find the state where you need to file a sales tax return and click on it for more info.

And if you’re tired of handling sales tax reporting and filing on your own, give TaxJar a try. Start here with a 30-day free trial!

(Don’t see your state below? More states are on the way and coming very soon!)









New Jersey

New York

North Carolina


South Carolina





Why use TaxJar?

We get it. You didn’t start business so you could have a reason to file a sales tax return. But if you have nexus and are required to file a sales tax return, and you are setting out to do it yourself (we call this “filing manually’) then we’re here to help make it a whole lot easier. 

TaxJar integrates with the eCommerce marketplaces and platforms you already use – Amazon, PayPal, Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce and many more. We import your data, and then we prepare your TaxJar Reports in the format that you need to file. We also tell you exactly how much you collected in all related counties, municipal districts, special taxing jurisdictions and more– so you don’t have to try and figure out which county each of your customers lives in. This is a substantial savings in time and in headaches! Below we’ll show you how to file your return manually in every state.

If you’d rather not spend time filing a sales tax return ever again, enroll in TaxJar AutoFile and let us handle it. Never worry about missing a due dates or remember your state login and password again! Learn how TaxJar AutoFile can solve your sales tax headaches.

Please note: This blog is for informational purposes only. Be advised that sales tax rules and laws are subject to change at any time. For specific sales tax advice regarding your business, contact a tax advisor.

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