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South Dakota 2023 Sales Tax Guide

South Dakota 2023 Sales Tax Guide

South Dakota Sales Tax in a Word

Hello, trailblazers! Today, we're embarking on an expedition across the wide-open prairies of South Dakota sales tax. From establishing if you have nexus in this beautiful state, to registering, collecting, and filing your sales tax, we've got you covered.

Just like the majestic Mount Rushmore, this guide stands as a monument to your business success, providing you with top tips to avoid common filing mistakes. So, strap on your hiking boots, grab your binoculars, and let's delve into the wilderness of South Dakota sales tax. The Accountingprose team is ready to walk this trail with you, every step of the way.




South Dakota Sales Tax Contacts

Navigating the South Dakota sales tax landscape can feel like trying to find your way through the Badlands without a map. But don't worry, we've got the compass you need: the contact information for the South Dakota Department of Revenue. They're the rangers of the sales tax wilderness, ready to guide you on your journey.


Who manages South Dakota sales tax and what is their contact information?

South Dakota sales tax is managed by the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Think of them as the Mount Rushmore of tax information – a steadfast symbol of authority and guidance.

Here's how to reach them:

Mailing Address

South Dakota Department of Revenue

445 East Capitol Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501

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Whether you're looking to register for a sales tax permit or need help figuring out sales tax rates, the Department of Revenue is there to help. Don't be shy to reach out! Remember, even the most experienced explorers sometimes need a bit of guidance.

And of course, you've also got the Accountingprose team at your side, ready to support you on your South Dakota sales tax adventure. With us on your team, you'll feel as confident as a cowboy riding across the Dakota prairies!


Do You Have Nexus in South Dakota?

Before you can saddle up and ride on the open plains of South Dakota sales tax, you first need to determine if you have 'nexus'. Nexus, in the tax world, is a bit like a homesteading claim in the Old West - it establishes your business's tax connection with a state. But just as there are different ways to stake a claim, there are different ways to establish nexus in South Dakota.


What Creates Sales Tax Nexus in South Dakota?

Sales tax nexus in South Dakota can spring up like a prairie dog town, popping up in various forms. These include physical nexus, economic nexus, affiliate nexus, click-through nexus, and marketplace nexus.


What creates physical nexus in the state of South Dakota?

Physical nexus in South Dakota is like having your own log cabin on the prairies. It comes from having a tangible presence in the state, like an office, warehouse, or store. Even having employees or salespeople in South Dakota can create a physical nexus.


What creates economic nexus in the state of South Dakota?

Economic nexus in South Dakota is created if your business has $100,000 or more in sales or 200 or more transactions in the state within a calendar year. It's like selling enough buffalo hides to fill a trading post!


What creates affiliate nexus in the state of South Dakota?

Affiliate nexus in South Dakota comes from having a close relationship with a business in the state, like a subsidiary or parent company. Think of it as having a cousin who owns the general store.


What creates click-through nexus in the state of South Dakota?

South Dakota does not have specific laws indicating a click-through nexus, which typically involves online retail through a commissioned link. So, no need to worry about this one, partner.


What creates marketplace nexus in the state of South Dakota?

Marketplace nexus in South Dakota is created when you make sales through a marketplace facilitator like Amazon or eBay. It's like selling your wares at the local town fair.


Does South Dakota have use tax laws?

Yes, South Dakota does have use tax laws. Use tax is like the other side of the sales tax coin, applying to purchases made outside the state for use within South Dakota. Think of it as paying your dues for bringing out-of-state goods onto your South Dakota homestead.

Remember, determining your nexus is just the first step on the trail to managing your South Dakota sales tax. It may seem like a wild ride, but with the Accountingprose team as your trusty sidekick, you'll be galloping through the sales tax prairies with ease.




South Dakota Sales Tax Registration

Setting up camp in the South Dakota business landscape? You'll need to register for sales tax. This process is an essential part of your journey, like securing the right gear before a hike in the Black Hills. But don't worry! We're here to guide you every step of the way.


How to Register for Sales Tax in South Dakota

Registering for sales tax in South Dakota is as simple as saddling a horse — once you know what you're doing! Here are the steps:

  1. Identify if You Have Nexus: Just like deciding if the prairie is the right place for your log cabin, you need to determine if you have sales tax nexus in South Dakota. As we mentioned earlier, this could be physical, economic, affiliate, or marketplace nexus.

  2. Collect Your Information: Gather your business information like a prospector panning for gold. You'll need details like your business name, address, EIN, and the products or services you sell.

  3. Register Online: Head on over to the South Dakota Department of Revenue's online Tax License Application portal. It's like the trading post of the South Dakota sales tax world.

  4. Complete the Application: Fill out the application with the same care as a cartographer crafting a map. Make sure all your information is accurate to avoid any future complications.

  5. Wait for Confirmation: Once you've submitted your application, wait for your sales tax permit before you start collecting sales tax. It's like waiting for the right weather before setting out on a trail ride.

Remember, while the process of registering for sales tax in South Dakota may seem daunting, it's perfectly manageable when broken down into these steps. Think of it as a series of trail markers leading you to your destination.


How Much Does it Cost to Register for a South Dakota Sales Tax License?

Good news, pioneers! Registering for a South Dakota Sales Tax License is absolutely free. That's right, it costs less than a cup of cowboy coffee at the local saloon!


Do I Need a Federal Tax ID Number or EIN to Register for a South Dakota Sales Tax License?

Yes, you do need an EIN or Federal Tax ID Number to register for a South Dakota Sales Tax License. It's like your business's personal branding iron, stamping your unique identity on everything you do.


Which Agencies in South Dakota Might I Need to Register With Additionally?

Besides the South Dakota Department of Revenue, you may also need to register with the South Dakota Secretary of State if you're setting up a corporation, LLC, or partnership. Consider it as part of laying the foundation stones of your business homestead.


Just like the vast South Dakota prairies, the world of sales tax can seem overwhelming. But with the Accountingprose team guiding you, you'll be navigating the terrain like a seasoned frontiersman in no time!



Collecting Sales Tax in South Dakota

Rounding up sales tax in South Dakota is like herding cattle on the open plains. It requires a firm understanding of the lay of the land and the rules of the trail. So, buckle in and let's explore!


Is South Dakota an Origin or Destination Sales Tax State?

South Dakota is a destination-based sales tax state. Think of it as delivering a package of goods from your ranch to a homestead in a far-off corner of the prairie. The sales tax rate is determined by the location of your customer, or where the product ends its journey, not where it starts.


What Sales are Subject to Sales Tax in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, most tangible goods and some services are subject to sales tax. Whether you're selling saddles, wagon wheels, or blacksmithing services, you'll likely need to collect sales tax. However, there are some exceptions, which we'll get into next.


Is Software as a Service (SaaS) taxed in South Dakota?

Yes, partner! The digital frontier of Software as a Service (SaaS) is indeed taxed in South Dakota. It's like the modern equivalent of selling a trusty horse - it's a service, but it's still subject to sales tax.


What is Exempt from South Dakota Sales Tax?

While many items are subject to sales tax, some goods and services in South Dakota are exempt. Like a hidden gold mine, these exemptions can save you a lot! They include certain groceries, prescription drugs, and many professional services. Always check the South Dakota Department of Revenue's list of exempt goods and services for the most accurate information.


Who is Eligible for South Dakota Sales Tax Exemptions?

Certain customers may be eligible for South Dakota sales tax exemptions. These include resellers, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Think of them as the sheriffs and deputies of the sales tax world – they play by a slightly different set of rules.


What Should I Do If My Customer is Exempt from Sales Tax in South Dakota?

If your customer is exempt from sales tax, you'll need to collect a completed exemption certificate from them. It's like a "get out of jail free" card for sales tax. Keep this document in your records in case of an audit.


What Happens If I Lose a South Dakota Sales Tax Exemption Certificate?

Losing an exemption certificate is like losing your cowboy hat in a dust storm – it's a problem. If you can't provide exemption certificates for sales during an audit, you could be held responsible for the uncollected sales tax. So, keep your records as secure as a bank vault in Deadwood.


Collecting sales tax may seem as tricky as a high-stakes poker game, but with understanding and organization, you'll hold the winning hand. And remember, the Accountingprose team is always ready to sit at the table with you, helping you play your cards right.



Filing and Paying Sales Taxes in South Dakota

Filing and paying your South Dakota sales tax is like navigating the Missouri River — it's a journey, but with the right map and guide, you'll reach your destination with ease. Let's chart out your course!


When to File and Pay Sales Tax in South Dakota

Just like changing seasons on the prairie, the timing of filing and paying your sales tax in South Dakota depends on your situation. Business who obtain a license with the Department will be notified how frequently they are required to file returns. Sadly, no other information is available online. 



What if a South Dakota Sales Tax Filing Date Falls on a Weekend or Holiday?

If your sales tax filing date falls on a weekend or holiday, don't worry. Just like a prairie dog burrow moving with the landscape, the due date moves to the next business day. So, you'll have until the next wagon rolls into town to file your sales tax return!


How Do I File a South Dakota Sales Tax Return?

Filing your South Dakota sales tax return can seem as complex as deciphering a cowboy's lasso tricks, but once you understand the process, it's as straightforward as a horse ride on a sunny day.

Here's how you do it:

  1. Gather Your Sales Data: Just like a trapper checks his traps, you'll need to gather all your sales data. This includes total sales, taxable sales, and the amount of sales tax collected.

  2. Log in to the South Dakota Department of Revenue's EPath Portal: Think of it as hopping onto your trusty steed. You'll need a secure, reliable way to get to your destination.

  3. Select the Correct Filing Period: Like picking the right trail for a journey, you'll need to choose the correct filing period for your sales tax return.

  4. Fill Out the Sales Tax Return: Carefully fill out your sales tax return. Imagine you're writing a letter home from the frontier. Make sure every detail is accurate and complete.

  5. Submit Your Return and Payment: Once you've filled everything out, submit your return and your payment. It's like sending off a telegraph — once it's gone, it's on its way!

  6. Keep a Record: After you've submitted your return, be sure to keep a record. You'll want to have proof of your journey, just like a cowboy keeps a record of the cattle he's branded.

Remember, filing your South Dakota sales tax return might seem like a wild ride, but with a little practice and guidance, you'll be handling it like a seasoned cowboy in no time!


What are the various penalties that can be assessed for sales tax filing in South Dakota?

Just like a cowboy faces penalties for stepping out of line, businesses can be assessed penalties for late sales tax filing and payment in South Dakota. These include a 10% penalty of the tax due or a $10 penalty, whichever is greater, plus interest on late payments.


Does South Dakota offer any sales tax incentives?

Indeed, South Dakota does offer sales tax incentives! Certain areas of the state, such as Revitalization Zones and Enterprise Zones, offer tax incentives to stimulate business growth. It's like finding a fertile patch of prairie for your homestead!


Filing and paying your sales tax in South Dakota may seem like a journey, but with the Accountingprose team as your guide, you'll navigate the process like a seasoned pioneer. We're here to help every step of the way, so saddle up and let's hit the trail!



5 Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes When Filing South Dakota Sales Tax Returns

Filing South Dakota sales tax returns can feel like wrangling a wild stallion, but with a little preparation and guidance, you can avoid the most common mistakes. Here are five tips to keep you in the saddle and on the right trail.

  1. Stay on Top of Deadlines: The South Dakota tax filing landscape is as varied as the state's Black Hills. Depending on your tax liability, you could be filing monthly, quarterly, or semi-monthly. Don't let a deadline sneak up on you like a rattlesnake in the grass. Keep a calendar of all relevant tax dates and set reminders to ensure you're always on time.

  2. Check Your Math: It might seem simple, but mistakes in calculations are as common as tumbleweeds in the Badlands. Always double-check your figures to ensure you're reporting the right amounts. Remember, it's better to take an extra moment to double-check than to face a penalty down the line.

  3. Keep Accurate Records: Just like a frontiersman keeps a detailed journal, you should maintain accurate records of all sales and tax collected. In the event of an audit, these will be your map to navigate any challenges.

  4. Understand Tax Exemptions: Some sales are exempt from South Dakota sales tax, just like some streams are free from gold panning. It's crucial to understand these exemptions and how they apply to your business. Remember, you'll need to keep documentation for any exempt sales.

  5. Seek Professional Help When Needed: The world of sales tax can be as complex as a cattle drive during a thunderstorm. Don't be afraid to seek help from a tax professional. The Accountingprose team is like your trusted trail guide, ready to help you navigate any obstacles you encounter.

Remember, with a little preparation and guidance, you can avoid the common mistakes when filing your South Dakota sales tax returns. Keep these tips in mind, and you'll be on your way to a smooth ride through the world of sales tax.



Navigating the prairies and peaks of South Dakota sales tax may seem daunting, but with a little knowledge and the right trail partner, you can tackle it like a seasoned cowboy. Whether you're deciphering tax rates, wrangling exemption certificates, or riding the trail of filing and paying taxes, remember: you're not alone on this wild frontier.

At Accountingprose, we're here to lend a hand, whether it's helping you lasso those tricky tax laws or guiding you through the process of filing returns. We're committed to ensuring your journey is as smooth as a ride across the calm Dakota plains.

Remember, in the world of sales tax, knowledge is like a trusty horse — it gets you where you need to go. Keep learning, stay organized, and don't hesitate to reach out for help when you need it. With these tools in your saddlebag, you're ready to ride into the sunset of sales tax success. Happy trails!



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And don't forget to check out our blog about Economic Nexus, which serves as an invaluable resource for businesses who have sales that are subject to sales tax. 


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This blog is for informational purposes only and the information is accurate as of 2023-06-19. If you want legal advice on sales tax law for your business, please contact a State and Local Tax (SALT) professional. Keep in mind that sales tax regulations and laws are subject to change at any time. While we strive to keep our blog current, this blog possibly may be out of date by the time you review it.

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