If your business sells physical products or certain types of services, you will need to collect and pay sales tax. In Maine, the first step is visiting the revenue services website and registering for sales tax in order to acquire a seller’s permit, or sales tax permit.
What Products and Services Are Subject to Sales Tax in Maine?
Sales of tangible property are subject to sales tax in Maine. Services subject to sales tax include rent to purchase items, telecommunications, cable services, and home support services. Groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from sales tax in Maine.
Maine Sales Tax Rate
The state sales tax rate in Maine is 5.5%.
Maine sales tax rates vary depending on which county and city you’re in. Check Maine Revenue Services site for the exact rates.
How to Register for Maine Sales Tax
In Maine, acquire a seller’s permit by following the revenue department’s detailed instructions for registration:
- Visit the Maine revenue department’s e-business services website.
- Fill out the sales and use tax registration form.
- There is no fee to register for sales and use tax in Maine.
Use our Sales Tax Calculator to determine your exact sales tax rate and total purchase amount.
In Maine, and across the country, collecting sales tax is a must if you want to avoid potentially heavy fines and even closure. It’s crucial that you follow your state’s laws, and you might consider consulting with an accountant or tax attorney to make sure you’re in full compliance.