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Who is a Vendor?

For tax purposes, New Jersey considers anyone who makes retail sales of products or services in this State to be a vendor. This includes retailers who sell at flea markets, craft shows, music events, fairs, bazaars, gun shows, or trade shows. New Jersey requires vendors to collect Sales Tax on all taxable sales made in this State. This includes online sales of products or services delivered to New Jersey.

Every vendor, whether a person or entity, doing business in New Jersey must register with New Jersey at least 15 days before engaging in business activity. To register, file a Business Registration Application (Form NJ-REG) online at the New Jersey Business Gateway Services Website.

Once registered, you will receive a:

      • New Jersey Business Registration Certificate; and a
      • New Jersey Certificate of Authority to be able to collect Sales Tax (if applicable).

You must display both certificates at all times at any event where you sell goods or services, including events where the vendor arranges for sales to be completed online or through some other off-site means. All persons required to collect the tax must file the Business Registration Application (Form NJ-REG). Each registrant’s authority to collect the Sales Tax is certified by a Certificate of Authority issued by the New Jersey Division of Taxation, and the certificate must be prominently displayed at each place of business where the vendor makes sales.

As a vendor, you are required to:

      • Collect Sales Tax on all taxable transactions and remit the taxes to the State;
      • File New Jersey Tax returns (personal and/or business) if appropriate; and
      • Withhold and remit New Jersey Income Tax and contributions for unemployment insurance/workforce development partnership fund/supplemental workforce fund, disability insurance, and family leave insurance (UI/DI/FLI) for employees working or living in New Jersey.

Your Responsibility for Taxes and Fees

  • You collect New Jersey Sales Tax or withhold New Jersey Income Tax on behalf of New Jersey. You must submit this money to the State.
  • You are personally responsible for ensuring the Sales Tax you collect is sent to the State.
  • If you are an employer, you are responsible for paying New Jersey Income Tax you withhold from your employees.

Warning: The State of New Jersey will charge penalties and interest if you do not send these taxes to Taxation by the due dates.

Division of Taxation’s Responsibilities

  • The Division of Taxation enforces State tax laws. 
  • Our personnel can make onsite, jeopardy assessments of a vendor’s operations. If Taxation staff members observe improper tax collection procedures, they can take immediate steps to ensure that New Jersey’s interests are protected. 
  • We may seize all available assets to satisfy the on-site tax assessment. This may be deemed necessary when a vendor, particularly one operating from a non-fixed location, does not register the business, file tax returns, and/or remit taxes due.

Before you register your business, visit Taxes and Fees Administered by the Division for information about taxes or fees that may apply to you.

Sales Tax
For more information about Sales Tax see Technical Bulletin TB-78(R) (Nexus for Sales and Use Tax)
The Division of Taxation provides several Sales Tax publications. The following may interest you:
ANJ-11, Arts & Crafts Businesses & New Jersey Sales Tax
ANJ-15, Flea Markets & New Jersey Sales Tax
S&U-6, Sales Tax Exemption Administration (New Jersey Sales Tax Exemption Certificates)

Corporation Business Tax
Your business activity may require you to register for New Jersey Corporation Business Tax. A foreign corporation must register for Corporation Business Tax if it will have employees or representatives at trade shows in New Jersey to display samples, hand out brochures, provide information, take orders, or sell products. For more information visit Corporation Business Tax Overview or see Technical Bulletin TB-79(R) (Nexus for Corporation Business Tax).

If you need help completing the Business Registration Application (Form NJ-REG) or have any registration questions:
Call the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services’ Business Registration Services Office at 609-292-9292 (Option #1). Its hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding State holidays).
For questions about vendors, email

Last Updated: Tuesday, 04/04/17

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