Sales Tax Bonds

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Sales Tax Bond Guide 

Retailers and merchants must post a sales tax surety bond to provide proof to the state or city that they are financially responsible for paying the sales tax.

What Is a Sales Tax Bond?

A sales tax surety bond is a form of financial security that ensures a business will remit all applicable sales taxes due to local and state governments by the specified deadlines.

The bond is also referred to as: 

  • Continuous bond of seller
  • Sales and use tax bond

How Do I Get My Bond? proudly provides the fastest and easiest bonding process. Simply follow these quick steps:  

  • Step 1: Determine which tax bond(s) you need. 
  • Step 2: Apply with and receive a free quote. 
  • Step 3: Pay for your bond. We offer convenient payment options.
  • Step 4: Receive your bond and file it with the obligee. 

Depending on your obligee’s requirements, we'll ship you a physical document set or e-mail you a digital document to file. If you’re in a rush, we offer an overnight shipping option. is licensed to issue sales tax bonds in all 50 states.

State-Specific Bond Requirements

The requirements for each bond fluctuate because they are determined at the state level. Select your state below for more information about the sales tax bonds in your area or call now to speak with a surety expert:

How Much Does a Sales Tax Bond Cost? 

The bond amount is calculated based on the businesses’ gross receipts or projected sales taxes at the end of the year. The sales tax bond premium cost is a small percentage of the full bond amount, typically 1–5%. 

How Do Sales Tax Bonds Work?

The sales tax bond is purchased by retailers and other merchants as required by the state in which they operate. Each surety bond serves as a legal contract, which binds three entities together:

  1. Principal: The business owner or professional purchasing the bond
  2. Obligee: The government agency requiring the bond to ensure payment of taxes
  3. Surety: The insurance company financially backing the bond

Sales tax bonds protect the obligee if a bonded business does not pay proper taxes. 

How Are Sales Tax Surety Bond Claims Handled?

In the event of misconduct, a claim may be filed against the bond. If the claim is valid, the surety will pay out the claim up to the full bond amount. 

For example, a $7,000 sales tax claim can be paid in full from a $10,000 bond. Then, the principal is required to reimburse the surety for the entire claim amount.

Who Needs to Purchase a Sales Tax Bond?

Various businesses across the U.S. need a sales tax bond to legally operate. In general, a sales tax surety bond is necessary if you are selling, producing or storing the following product categories: 

Some businesses may need additional types of tax bonds in some states. In other locations, however, only a general sales tax bond is necessary. Check with your state, county and city government agencies to verify your bonding requirements.

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