Dec 18, 2023 • 4 minute read
January Sales Tax Filing Dates
After the chaos that resulted from last month’s sales tax filing dates falling on holidays and being pushed to other dates, January will see a more typical month of sales tax filing dates. 

The new year might be a fresh start, but when it comes to sales tax filing, not much changes, thankfully. After the chaos that resulted from last month’s sales tax filing dates falling on holidays and being pushed to other dates, January will see a more typical month of sales tax filing dates. 

Hopefully, by the time your sales tax filings are due you’re feeling rested from some time off (and that you’ll have had a successful holiday season in sales). 

Here’s our guide to starting the year by getting your January sales tax filing dates right.   

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 15

Maine is an early bird when it comes to tax filing deadlines. Every month, Maine’s state tax filing is the first due. 

Maine: Monthly sales tax due

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 20

This month a lot of states that typically have a 20th day of the month deadline will shift to the next business day – while others will keep the 20th as their filing date. Be sure to adjust your calendars!  

Alabama: Monthly sales tax due

Colorado: Monthly sales tax due

District of Columbia: Monthly sales tax due

Florida: Monthly sales tax due

Hawaii: Monthly sales tax due

Illinois: Monthly sales tax due

Kentucky: Monthly sales tax due

Louisiana: Monthly sales tax due

Maryland: Monthly sales tax due

Michigan: Monthly sales tax due

Mississippi: Monthly sales tax due

New York: Monthly sales taxes due

North Carolina: Monthly sales tax due

Virginia: Monthly sales tax due

Wisconsin: Monthly sales tax due

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 22

These states all typically have a sales tax filing due date that’s the 20th of the month. But since that falls on a Saturday this year, you get a few extra days! 

Arizona: Monthly sales tax due

Arkansas: Monthly sales tax due

Georgia: Monthly sales tax due

Idaho: Monthly sales tax due

Indiana: Monthly sales tax due 

Minnesota: Monthly sales tax due

Nebraska: Monthly sales tax due

New Jersey: Monthly sales tax due

Oklahoma: Monthly sales tax due

Pennsylvania: Monthly sales tax due

Puerto Rico: Monthly sales tax due

Rhode Island: Monthly sales tax due

South Dakota: Monthly sales tax due

South Carolina: Monthly sales tax due

Tennessee: Monthly sales tax due

Texas: Monthly sales tax due

West Virginia: Monthly sales tax due

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 23

Ohio is the only state that has set the state filing due date on the 23rd of every month. 

Ohio: Monthly sales tax due 

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 25th

Despite everything moving around last month because of Christmas, January brings a bit more stability. States that typically have sales tax filing due dates on the 25th day of the month, return to the 25th as their filing dates in January.  

Kansas: Monthly sales tax due

New Mexico: Monthly sales tax due

Vermont: Monthly sales tax due

Washington: Monthly sales tax due.

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 30

Massachusetts is one of the states that likes to do things differently. Make sure to remember to file your sales taxes to Massachusetts on the 30th of every month. 

Massachusetts: Monthly sales tax due

Sales Tax Filing Due Date: January 31

It’s the last day of the month! That means there are a bunch of states with sales tax filing due dates. Don’t forget to file your taxes before January ends. 

Alaska: Monthly sales tax due (Alaska doesn’t have a state sales tax, but many cities do)

California: Monthly sales tax due

Connecticut: Monthly sales tax due

Iowa: Monthly sales tax due

Missouri: Monthly sales tax due

North Dakota: Monthly sales tax due

Utah: Monthly sales tax due

Wyoming: Monthly sales tax due

Nevada: Monthly sales tax due

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the penalty for filing sales tax late?

The penalty for filing sales tax late depends on the tax jurisdiction you’re filing sales taxes in. For example, in Michigan, the penalty for failing to pay taxes is 5% of the unpaid total for the first two months or portions thereof. After that, the state assesses another 5% of the unpaid amount each month. The maximum late penalty you can accrue is 25% of the unpaid tax you owe. In California, you’re charged 10% of the tax amount due if you fail to file. If you failed to file because of fraud or intent to evade your tax obligations, they tack on another 25%. 

Who is exempt from U.S. sales tax?  

Who might be exempt from paying sales taxes varies from state to state but often government entities, non-profits, and schools are the organizations that are exempt from paying sales taxes. If you’re doing business with an entity that isn’t required to pay sales tax due to a sales tax exemption, they’ll have to provide you with their exemption certificates to take advantage of their sales tax exemption. You’ll need to keep a copy of these exemptions on file. 

How is an excise tax different than a sales tax? 

Excise tax are different from sales tax in a few ways. First, it’s typically only charged on specific goods whereas a sales tax often applies to all goods. Second, it’s typically charged per unit rather than as a percentage of the purchase price. For example, an excise tax on cigarettes would charge a set amount on every pack of cigarettes, no matter the price. Goods that often have excise taxes on them are things like gasoline, cigarettes, airline tickets, beer, and luxury vehicles.