How to Get a Resale Certificate for Your Screen Printing Business

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One of the most common questions that screen printing businesses have early on is "How do I get a resale certificate so I can buy wholesale t-shirts and blanks?"

Thankfully, this isn't a very complicated process! Each wholesaler has easy-to-follow instructions to help you.

Why you want a resale certificate

Resale certificates are fundamentally about taxes. Each state collects sales taxes differently, so you'll have to understand your state's laws. 

When you buy wholesale garments, you may be exempt from paying the sales tax on your wholesale purchases. You're still typically responsible for collecting sales taxes on your sales, however.

How to get a resale certificate

Search for your state's specific requirements for resale certificates before you begin. Your state's revenue department will typically have the most relevant information for getting a resale certificate.

You may need a business license, or to understand any variety of requirements for getting your certificate.

Thankfully, several states have banded together to create the multi-state resale certificate.

These states include:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

If you live in one of those states, the multi-state resale certificate (pictured and linked below) will suffice. Several other states also accept the same certificate.

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If you live outside of those states, check with your local revenue office for more details.

Getting a resale certificate from SanMar

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SanMar requires resale certificates to purchase at their lowest prices.

To get a resaler certificate from SanMar:

Getting a resale certificate from AlphaBroder

AlphaBroder may sell wholesale t-shirts without a reseller's license and tax certificate in some circumstances.

AlphaBroder's requirements are less strict, since they offer a contract decorator program.

However, to get the best pricing and bulk discounts, you'll want to have a resale certificate.

Apply for an AlphaBroder account here. If you're already registered, check on the tax certificates you'll need here.

Getting a resale certificate from S&S Activewear

S&S Activewear offers some inventory for sale without a reseller's license and tax certificate. In other words, you may be able to buy blanks from S&S without a tax certificate.

However, to access the majority of their inventory and get the best prices, you'll still need the correct licenses and tax forms for your state, just like the other major wholesalers.

Get more info from S&S Activewear here.

Getting a resale certificate from TSC Apparel

You will need the correct licenses and tax documents for your state to purchase wholesale from TSC Apparel. TSC does not offer any non-wholesale sales.

If you want to access the brands that TSC sells (particularly their athleticwear and hats), then you'll need a re

TSC Apparel offers comprehensive help with getting your multi-state retail license on their sign-up page.


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