I am buying or selling a business. What do I need to know about my tax responsibilities?
If you are buying a business:
- Before you buy the business, request a letter from the Department of Taxes stating the amount to be held in escrow to cover any outstanding tax liability.
- Once you own the business, register your business with the Department of Taxes and complete the application to obtain all required tax licenses. Learn how to register online for a Vermont Business Tax Account.
If you are selling a business, you must pay all taxes due up to the closing date.
If you have additional questions please contact the Business Tax section directly.
What is local option tax?
Municipalities in Vermont may choose to levy a 1% local option tax in addition to state business taxes. Local option tax may be applicable to Vermont sales, meals, rooms, and/or alcoholic beverage tax, depending on the municipality. For additional guidance, review our local option tax page.
How do I request a sales & use tax, meals & rooms, or withholding tax refund?
Use Form REF-620, Application for Refund of Vermont Sales and Use Tax, Meals and Rooms Tax, or Local Option Tax, and submit it to the Department of Taxes at the address provided on the form. Include all documentation needed to support the request for a refund.
How do I change the filing frequency for sales and use, meals and rooms, or withholding tax?
Send a letter or an email to the Business Tax section
How do I amend my sales and use, meals and rooms, or withholding returns?
You may amend your return online or by paper form.
Online: Log into myVTax, and click the button for "Amending Returns."
Paper form: Submit the amended return with the word "Amended" written at the top of the form.
Please contact the Business Tax section directly. Note: We will only verify that a license is valid and will not disclose any other information.
Business Tax Accounts
What businesses need to register for a Vermont business tax account?
A Vermont business tax account is required for most businesses before operating in Vermont. Exempt organizations must also register to receive their exemption from Vermont tax.
How do I set up a Vermont business tax account online?
Review our instructions on how to register online for a Vermont business tax account.
May I set up a Vermont business tax account using a paper form instead of online?
Yes. Complete Form BR-400, Application for Business Tax Account and mail to the Department of Taxes.
How do I close my business tax account?
Online: Log into myVTax and click on the link to "Cease Account." Each account used by a particular business must be closed individually (for example, you may close a withholding account if the business no longer has employees, but keep the sales and use account).
Paper form: If you are closing your business or need to cancel a business tax account, you must complete Form B-2, Notice of Change.
What business tax returns may be filed online through myVTax?
Businesses may file returns and make payments for sales and use, meals and rooms, withholding, and corporate or business income taxes using myVTax.
How do I register my business’s account in myVTax?
Signing up for myVTax is Free! From the myVTax home page, please click on the bar labeled Not yet signed up for myVTax? Click here to sign up today, and then follow the instructions.
Having trouble creating a myVTax account? You may file and pay your monthly business taxes without creating a login. Simply click "File a Return" under the "Businesses" tab on the myVTax home page.
Can I pay with either ACH credit or ACH debit in myVTax?
Yes, both ACH credit and ACH debit are available payment methods in myVTax.
Nonprofits and Exempt Organizations
If my business is a nonprofit organization, does it need to pay Vermont sales and use and other taxes?
Nonprofit organizations that qualify for federal tax-exempt status may be exempt from Vermont sales and use tax. However, in some situations, nonprofits are required to collect and remit sales and use tax and other taxes. Read our information on Vermont taxation for nonprofit organizations.
How do I verify a tax exemption certificate?
Please contact the Business Tax section directly. Note: We will only verify that an exemption certificate is valid, and will not disclose any other information.