Tax Guide for Home-Based Businesses

More than half of all U.S. businesses are home-based. We understand that there are many rewards as well as challenges in starting a home-based business. We realize that locating and reviewing all of the information needed to manage your business can be overwhelming. Therefore, we created this guide to provide you easily accessible information to assist you in understanding your sales and use tax obligations.

How to Use This Guide

This guide contains important information on managing your home-based business.

The Getting Started section provides key resources related to registration, return filing, account maintenance, and other important information you may need.

The Managing Your Sales section includes topics important to the success of your business such as good recordkeeping practices, determining your tax and fee rates, and allowable exemptions specifically related to your business.

The Industry Topics section covers many topics that are common in home-based businesses that may be helpful to you in running your business.

The Resources section provides links to a wealth of information, including forms and publications, current updates, and other helpful resources.

Please note: The information included is general in nature and is not intended to replace any law or regulation.

If You Need Help

If at any time you need assistance with topics included in this guide — or with topics not included — feel free to contact us by telephone or email. Contact information and hours of operation are available in the Resources section.

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