Note: Our tax lesson is not as step-by-step as our LLC formation lessons, due to the uniqueness and variation among businesses. Taxes are usually not as straightforward as forming an LLC, and therefore, the information below is an overview, and not a comprehensive guide.
You will likely need to hire a tax professional to make sure you meet all your Indiana state and local tax obligations. We recommend using Thumbtack.
Do it yourself in Indiana
Register for Business Tax Application (Form BT-1)
You can register your LLC for Indiana business taxes online via INBiz (and AccessIndiana): InBiz: Tax Registration
(In order to create an INBiz account, you’ll first need to create an Access Indiana login. Please see our Indiana LLC Articles of Organization lesson for instructions on how to register).
You will need to register for additional business taxes in Indiana when you:
- Will be selling products or tangible items (sales tax)
- Have employees (withholding tax)
- Sell food and beverages (sales tax and food-and-beverage tax)
- Rent accommodations for less than 30 days (innkeeper’s tax)
- Rent motor vehicles (motor vehicle rental tax)
- Distribute gasoline or special fuel (fuel tax | gasoline use tax)
- Sell tires (tire fee)
- Sell fireworks (safety fee)
Before registering with the Department of Revenue, feel free to review this checklist:
Indiana Department of Revenue: Online Business Tax Application (BT-1) Checklist
You can also read Quick Start Guide to make your registration easier:
Indiana Department of Revenue: INTax QuickStart Guide
And you can find additional guides and resources here:
Indiana Department of Revenue: DOR Guides & Manuals Library
Depending on your industry, where your business is located, how you are taxed by the IRS, and whether or not you have employees, will determine if you owe any additional state and/or local taxes.
You can find more information from the Indiana Department of Revenue.
Calculating your tax obligations in Indiana can be complicated and if done improperly can negatively impact your LLC.
Hiring a tax professional will not only help you keep your Indiana LLC in compliance, but it will also give you an advisor to go to for other business questions.
You’ll want someone who’s a good fit for your company, makes you feel comfortable, and is willing to answer all of your questions. It should be someone you like personally as well as professionally. We recommend talking with at least 2-3 people before making your final decision.