What is the difference between a Certificate of Registration, License, Certificate of Resale, and tax-exempt number?

A Certificate of Registration or License allows you to do business in the State of Illinois as a retailer, a reseller, or a provider of services or goods that makes you responsible for taxes. It identifies the taxes for which you are responsible and provides your Illinois Account ID or License Number. It is determined by statute which tax types receive a Certificate of Registration and which receive a License.  

A Certificate of Resale  is a statement signed by the purchaser that indicates the merchandise purchased is for resale purposes only, not a sale to an end user, and therefore no tax is due. A completed and signed Form CRT-61, Certificate of Resale, is a valid Certificate of Resale. Other forms or statements may be used, but only if they contain the same information as Form CRT-61.

A tax-exempt number is a number assigned to qualifying non-profit organizations that they can present which allows them to purchase items exempt from tax. This number begins with  “E99” and is followed by six digits (E99XX-XXXX).

If you have additional inquiries, you may submit them to the Questions, Comments, or Request form.