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April 06, 2018

Department of Revenue Launches Improved Online Registration Tool for New Businesses

JEFFERSON CITY

The Missouri Department of Revenue, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, recently launched an improved online registration tool for new businesses, which cuts the average processing turnaround time from 12 days down to two.

“DOR and DOLIR want to make starting your business as easy as possible,” said Mark Godfrey, director of the Department’s Taxation Division. “Online registration is part of our combined effort to simplify the registration process so that our customers can focus on growing their businesses.”

New businesses can register online for the following tax types: Sales Tax, Unemployment Tax, Vendor’s Use Tax, Tire and Lead Acid Battery Fee, Consumer’s Use Tax, Corporate Income/Franchise Tax and Withholding Tax. After online registration is complete, customers will receive a confirmation number and additional information about their registration.

“The Department of Revenue has been making a concentrated effort to develop the type of intuitive, convenient services that’ll make taxpayers’ lives easier and the process of starting a new business in Missouri simpler,” stated Department Director Joel Walters. “With our online new business registration application, we’re able to offer a tool that helps accomplish both objectives. And we don’t plan to stop here. We’re looking to further expand this ease of registration across state agencies.”

“Although we’ve had an online new business registration tool for some time, Department employees essentially had to re-enter the information taxpayers submitted,” said project lead Cindy Doss. “The old process wasn’t very efficient. However, our new registration system has proven to be very user-friendly and such a time-saver that Department staff are even using it to key in the paper new business registrations we receive.”

The state has received more than 1,620 new business registrations through the online portal since the application went live on March 14. In comparison, about 791 paper applications have been received during that same time period. 

To access the online new business registration portal, please visit dor.mo.gov/registerbusiness.

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