A Vendor's License for an Ohio business serves several purposes. First, it gives notice to the local County Auditor and the Ohio Department of Taxation that a new business has been created. Second, it authorizes a business to make taxable sales and collect sales tax. It does not give a company or person an exemption from paying sales tax. Obtaining a vendor's license solely to avoid paying sales tax is a fraudulent act and a violation of Ohio law.
In addition, a vendor's license helps the consumer understand more about the business with which they are dealing. Every business must post its vendor's license in clear sight of the public, so that the owner or company name, the business or trade name, the business address, business telephone number and the primary kind of business being operated can easily be seen.
The Champaign County Auditor issues the vendor's license for a business with a permanent store front. For each location, a separate license must be obtained. The fee is $25.00 Contact the Champaign County Auditor's Office at 937-484-1600 for more information. If you are outside the county, contact your local County Auditor.
A Transient Vendor's License is issued directly by the Ohio Department of Taxation to a vendor with no fixed place of business.
Service companies and delivery vendors also need a vendor's license. The Department of Taxation issues these.
To purchase a license online you must go to Ohio Business Gateway's link above and log in. The fee for a license is $25.00.
Contact the Columbus District Office at (888) 405-4039 for answers to any questions you may have.
A vendor’s license is canceled by completing line 10 on the final return indicating the last day of business.
Champaign County sales tax is 7.25%.