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MERCHANT’S LICENSE INFORMATION

 

Who is a Merchant?

Missouri Law, 150.010 RSMo 1994, indicates that every person, corporation, co-partnership or association of persons, who deals in selling goods, wares, and merchandise at any store, stand or place occupied for that purpose, is a merchant.

 

Do I really need a merchant’s license?  If you answer yes to all the items on the check list below, you need a merchant license.

You own or operate a business.

  • The business is located in Carroll County, either within or outside city limits of any incorporated area.
  • There is a sales tax number issued to the business by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  • Product or merchandise is sold at retail.
  • You collect and remit sales tax to the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  • If your business is within a city limit you should also check with that city for their licensing requirements.

 

How do I obtain a Merchant’s License?

Call our office at 660-542-1977 or come by and we will help you through the process.  You may print and fill out your application on this site.  After you complete the application, attach a copy of your sales tax ID and a check for $25.00.  You may mail it or drop it off in the Collector’s Office.

License fees are NOT prorated if issued for a partial year.

You will need a Merchant License plus any other local city licenses needed.

I do not have a permanent site for my business but travel from place to place selling goods.  Do I need a Merchant’s License?

  • Yes! If you reside in Carroll County but engage in or conduct a temporary or transient business of selling goods, you must have a Merchant’s License, providing you meet the other requirements on the checklist.

 

You do not need a Merchant’s License if:

  • You are a physician, dentist, or veterinarian selling medicines, at either wholesale or retail, or used in your practice
  • You are a farmer who grows or processes any article of farm produce or farm products on your farm, as long as you do not have a regular stand or place of business away from your farm.

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