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The CA state sales tax registration form asks for some personal information. Do we really need to provide all such information?

Full Question: Our company has been in business in Nevada for the last four years. We have hired a web design company to create an e-commerce website to augment our business model providing our customer base with the products we recommend. We have been informed that we need charge sales tax on all products shipped to California. We checked with the State and they sent us a link with an application for collecting this tax, plus a CA resellers permit. The application is asking for some really personal information, such as board members' names, home address, and a copy of their driver license. I know this maybe standard, but do we really need to provide such personal information? A couple of members do not want to provide this information. Can you shed some light or point me in the right direction?

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Answer:

Diane Yetter photoMost states, if not all, ask for this type of information on their sales tax applications. However, with the rise of identity theft, some will still process your application with certain items like the social security number or copies of driver's licenses omitted. You should contact the state to make this request. However, it is unlikely that you would be allowed to withhold the officer/owners/board members' names. As far as home address and phone numbers, you may be able to substitute their business addresses and phone numbers. This is up to the states' discretion.

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