You must file a sales tax return every filing period, even if no sales are made and no tax has been collected. Failure to file will result in the Department filing a return on your behalf and estimating the amount to be billed. These estimated returns will be due and payable until an actual return is filed. If you no longer need your sales tax account (license), close your sales tax account after you have filed your final return(s).
How to File a Zero Return
To file your zero sales tax return through Revenue Online, follow these steps:
- Log in to your Revenue Online account.
- Your homepage will have a list of accounts and account actions.
- To file for the period currently due, click "File Return" on your sales tax account.
- Note: to file older returns or to amend a return, under the sales tax account click on "File/Amend and View Returns/Payments" and click on the period that you need to file or amend.
- Once the “Retail Sales Return” is open, you can begin filing your zero return.
- Physical Locations:
- Open the site by clicking the “Location ID,” once the site is open, mark the "Check this box to verify Gross Sales is $0.00" box, then click “OK” to exit the site.
- All physical location sites must be clicked on and opened completely to file a zero return.
- Physical locations are identified by the red caution symbol (exclamation point in a circle) on the far left of the screen.
- Non-Physical Locations:
- Zero returns are filed for non-physical sites by clicking the "File remaining non-physical sites as $0 returns" button.
- Non-physical locations do not need to be clicked on individually to file a zero return.
- Non-physical locations are identified with a blue edit icon (looks like a pencil).
- Verify that the “Filed” box on the far right of the screen contains a check mark for all sites then click “Next”.
- Click “Next” on the “Return Summary” and “Special District Sales DR0200” screens.
- On the “Confirm Return” screen, read the information on the screen, check the box for “I agree,” click “Submit” then enter your Revenue Online password.