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New Jersey Sales Tax Guide for Businesses

Sales Tax Rate
7.0%
Local Taxes
None
Website
Department of the Treasury
Tax Line
609-292-6400

We wrote this guide for online sellers who want to know if they even have to bother with sales tax in New Jersey, and if so, how best to tackle the sales tax situation in the Garden State.

After reading this, you’ll know:

  • Do you or don’t you need to collect New Jersey sales tax?
  • Which customers do you collect from?
  • How much do you collect?
  • What do you do with all the sales tax you’ve collected?
  • Way more than you probably ever wanted to know about New Jersey sales tax!

Do you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey?

Good news! You only have to begin thinking about New Jersey sales tax if you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey.

“Sales tax nexus” is just a fancy way of saying “significant presence” in a state.

New Jersey considers a seller to have sales tax nexus in the state if you have any of the following in the state:

  • An office or place of business
  • An employee present in the state
  • Goods in a warehouse
  • Ownership of real or personal property
  • Delivery of merchandise in New Jersey
  • Independent contractors or other representatives in New Jersey
  • Provide any maintenance program in New Jersey

You can click here to read exactly what the New Jersey Division of Taxation (New Jersey’s taxing authority) has to say about what constitutes sales tax nexus in New Jersey.

Do you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey if you sell on FBA?

If you sell on Amazon FBA, you may have sales tax nexus in New Jersey. Storing physical products in a state can create sales tax nexus, and New Jersey is home to two Amazon Fulfillment Centers.

To determine whether or not you have items stored in an FBA warehouse in New Jersey, you can do one of two things:

  1. Login to Amazon Seller Central and pull your inventory report
  2. Use a paid service like WhereStock.com

You may find that your inventory is stored in one or both of New Jersey’s Amazon fulfillment centers in this list:

Warehouse Code Address County Tax Rate
EWR4 50 New Canton Way Robbinsville, NJ 08691 Mercer 7%
EWR6 2277 Center Square Rd. Swedesboro, NJ 08085 Gloucester 7%
EWR7 301 Blair Rd. Avenel, NJ 07001 Middlesex 7%
EWR9/LGA6 8003 Industrial Ave. Carteret, NJ 07008-3529 Middlesex 7%
LGA7 380 Middlesex Avenue, Carteret, NJ 07008 Middlesex 7%
Unknown 309 Cedar Lane, Florence, NJ 08518 Burlington 7%

Read here for more about Amazon FBA and sales tax nexus. Here’s a list of all Amazon Fulfillment Centers in the country.

Is what you’re selling even taxable?

You’ve probably read this far because you realized you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey. Your next step is to determine if what you’re selling is even taxable.

Services in New Jersey are generally not taxable. So if you’re an attorney or a hairdresser, you’re in luck and you don’t have to worry about sales tax. But watch out – if the service you provide gives any access to information like stock quotes or marketing trends, that information service is not sales tax exempt.

Tangible products are taxable in New Jersey , with a few exceptions. These exceptions include clothes, groceries, and prescription drugs.

So if you sell jewelry, then charge sales tax to your New Jersey customers.

But if you’re a landscaper, don’t charge sales tax to your New Jersey customers.

If you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey and your products are taxable, your next step is to register for a sales tax permit.

How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in New Jersey

Sellers with sales tax nexus in New Jersey must apply for a New Jersey sales tax permit.

Don’t skip this step! New Jersey considers it unlawful to collect sales tax in their name without a permit. Go here for more on how to register for a sales tax permit in New Jersey .

How to Collect Sales Tax in New Jersey

So you’ve determined that you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey and what you’re selling is taxable. And you’re all set and registered for your New Jersey sales tax permit.

The next step is to determine how much sales tax to collect.

How to Collect Sales Tax in New Jersey if You are Based in New Jersey

Collecting sales tax in New Jersey is fairly easy because New Jersey doesn’t have local sales tax rates. If you have sales tax nexus in New Jersey and sell to buyers in New Jersey just charge the 7% state tax rate. And that’s it!

Should you collect sales tax on shipping charges in New Jersey?

New Jersey requires you to charge sales tax on shipping of taxable items. If you ship a taxable item and a non-taxable item, you will need to separate the shipping costs based on their respective weights. This way you will not have to charge sales tax on the shipping of the non-taxable item.

If you do not separate the shipping charges between taxable and non-taxable items, you will have to charge sales tax on the shipping charges you bill the customer.

Read a full explanation of sales tax on shipping in New Jersey here.

When are New Jersey Sales Tax Returns Due?

New Jersey sales tax returns are always due the 20th of the month following the reporting period. You’ll be assigned a sales tax filing frequency when you apply for your New Jersey sales tax permit.

To break it down:

2016 New Jersey Monthly Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Taxable Period Due Date
January February 22, 2016*
February March 21, 2016*
March April 20, 2016
April May 20, 2016
May June 20, 2016
June July 20, 2016
July August 22, 2016*
August September 20, 2016
September October 20, 2016
October November 21, 2016*
November December 20, 2016
December January 20, 2017

2016 New Jersey Quarterly Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Taxable Period Due Date
Q1 (Jan - Mar) April 20, 2016
Q2 (Apr - Jun) July 20, 2016
Q3 (Jul - Sep) October 20, 2016
Q4 (Oct - Dec) January 20, 2017

2016 New Jersey Annual Sales Tax Filing Due Date

Taxable Period Due Date
Year 2016 January 20, 2017

*indicates a due date pushed back due to a weekend or holiday

Click here for a more about New Jersey sales tax filing due dates in 2016.

How to File Sales Tax in New Jersey

When it comes time to file sales tax in New Jersey you must do three things:

  1. Calculate how much sales tax you owe
  2. File a sales tax return
  3. Make a payment

We’ll walk you through these steps.

How to Calculate How Much Sales Tax You Owe in New Jersey

Calculating how much sales tax you should remit to the state of New Jersey is easy with TaxJar’s New Jersey sales tax report.

All you do is connect the channels through which you sell – including Amazon, eBay, Shopify, Square and more – and we’ll calculate exactly how much sales tax you collected. All the information you need to file your New Jersey sales tax return will be waiting for you in TaxJar. All you have to do is login!

How to File and Pay Sales Tax in New Jersey

You have three options for filing and paying your New Jersey sales tax:

Other Facts You Should Know about New Jersey Sales Tax Filing

There are a few more things you should know about sales tax in New Jersey:

Penalties:

  • The late filing penalty is 5% of the tax due for each month or part of a month the return is late. The maximum penalty for late filing is 25%. A penalty of $100 for each month the return is late may also be charged.
  • A late payment penalty of 5% of the tax due may also be charged.
  • Interest is calculated at the annual rate of 3% above the prime rate for every month or part of a month the tax is unpaid, compounded annually. At the end of each calendar year, any tax, penalties and interest still due become part of the balance on which interest is charged.

Other penalties for fraud or serial offenses include higher penalties and even criminal charges.

“Zero returns”:

New Jersey requires that any seller with a sales tax permit file a sales tax return on your due date even if you don’t have any sales tax to report or pay.

And that’s it. You’ve mastered New Jersey sales tax filing! Now that sales tax is out of the way, you can get back to what you do best – running your business.

New Jersey Sales Tax Resources

For more about New Jersey sales tax, check out the New Jersey section of the TaxJar blog.

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