I didn't collect any tax this filing period. Do I need to file a $0 return?
When you register for a sales tax license, the state will assign you a filing frequency. (Depending on the regulations of each state and your sales volume, your frequency will usually be either monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual.)
Once you've been assigned a filing frequency, the state will expect you to file returns based on that schedule, even if you only collected a small amount of tax. In most cases, if you didn't make any sales to customers in the state during the filing period, the state will still expect you to file a zero return to simply report that you had no sales.
- If you didn't make sales in your nexus state during the filing period, we recommend contacting the state's DOR to determine if they require you to file a $0 return in this scenario, as failure to do so may result in penalties and additional fees.
- We list contact details for each state's DOR here.
Will AutoFile support $0 returns?
Yes, our AutoFile service will file $0 returns.
- If you did make sales but all your sales were nontaxable (exempt) or sales tax was automatically collected and remitted by a supported marketplace (as we explain here), your return may also reflect a $0 amount.
- The AutoFile fee is still applicable when we file a $0 return on your behalf.