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How to File Sales Tax in Iowa

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File sales tax in Iowa
How to Register: You can register your business online via Iowa’s Business Tax Registration system or by downloading and mailing in the form for Business Tax Permit Registration. If you decide to use the state’s online system to register, as part of step 2, selecting “Type of Business Ownership”, there is a button located toward the upper right that says “Get PIN”. Make sure to click this button in order to fully complete registration.

Registration Cost: No Fee.

Filing Requirements: Paper returns are not provided; therefore, eFile & Pay is the best option for filing your sales or use tax returns.

Due Date:

Annual Filers

  • Due no later than January 31following each calendar year

Quarterly Filers

  • Due by the last day of the month following each calendar quarter

Monthly Filers

  • File deposits for each of the first two months of the calendar quarter
    • Due by the 20th of the following month
  • No monthly deposit for the third month of the quarter
  • For the third month, file the quarterly return with the payment for the balance of tax due for that quarter.
    • Due by the last day of the month following each calendar quarter

Semi-monthly (electronic payment required)

  • More than $60,000 tax a year (more than $5,000 per month; more than $2,500 semi-monthly)
  • Required to file deposits twice each month electronically
    • 1st deposit – for the period from the 1st through the 15th; due on the 25th of that month
    • 2nd deposit – 16th through the end of the month; due on or before the 10th day of the following month
    • A deposit is not required for the final (6th) semi-monthly period of each quarter
  • Also file the quarterly return
    • Return and last (6th) deposit of quarter – due by the last day of the month following each calendar quarter

NOTE: the first semi-monthly deposit for the following quarter is due before the final (6th) deposit for the preceding quarter

Where to File: eFile & Pay

What Will You Need: You will need your 8-digit Business e-File Number (BEN) in order to eFile your return. On the your profile page, there will be a “User ID” associated with each specific user. If you are the first (or only) person using the system to manage your account, the number will be 0001. Make note of this number because you will need it along with the password you create in order to login.

Renewal: Not Required.

Additional Information: Iowa Sales Tax Rules and Regulations

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