Is an EIN the same as a NYS vendor ID number?
An employer identification number (EIN) or federal tax identification number is different than a NYS vendor ID number. An EIN is issued by the IRS and is used to identify a business entity and federal business tax returns.
How to get a NYS vendor ID and register as a vendor in New York state?
To register as a vendor in New York State, you must complete a form and submit it and any other relevant information to the contracting agency. The agency will then initiate the vendor registration process on behalf of the vendor, bidder, and their subcontractors with the Office of the State Comptroller.
Once the registration is processed and approved, your business is registered to the New York State Vendor File and will receive a unique 10-digit vendor identification number for use on all future transactions with all New York State agencies.
After you receive an NYS vendor ID, you can register on VendRep and complete your vendor responsibility registration. By law, New York State can only award contracts to responsible vendors. If the contract is valued at more than $100,000, you must file a Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire with the state contracting entity. The questionnaire provides vendors with an opportunity to self-disclose any issues and provide necessary information, which the contracting entity will use as part of its determination.
With a NYS vendor ID in hand, you can also access the Statewide Financial Management System (SFS) — an online portal that allows vendors to centrally manage transaction-related information, including payments.
Does a subcontractor need a New York State vendor identification number?
If a subcontractor is engaged to perform part of the work — and is known at the time of the contract award and the subcontract is valued at $100,000 or more — the state contracting agency will conduct a separate responsibility review.
To support this review, the subcontractor must submit a separate questionnaire using its own Vendor ID (not the prime contractors). If the subcontractor doesn’t have one, the contracting agency will request a Vendor ID on their behalf.
Note: A subcontractor includes any company that receives funds form a vendor to perform work on a state-awarded contract.
Do I need a NY sales tax ID?
Any business that sells tangible personal property or provides services in New York State must register with the NY Tax Department and obtain a sales tax Certificate of Authority. In addition, certain installation, repair, and maintenance services are subject to NY sales tax.
A Certificate of Authority enables your business to collect sales tax on taxable sales and accept most NY State sales tax exemption certificates.
Note: The term “Certificate of Authority” is also used in many states to authorize a company to do business in a state other than its original formation state.
How to register for New York State sales tax
To receive a NY tax ID, your business must register for a sales tax Certificate of Authority with the New York Tax Department or via the state’s Business Express portal — a process also known as “Sales Tax Vendor Registration”.
The registration process requires the following information:
- Reasons for the application
- Entity type and information (business contract, EIN, etc.)
- Date your business will commence for sales tax purposes
- Bank account information
- License numbers (if applicable)
If your business expects to make taxable sales or provide taxable services, it must register with the Department 20 days prior to beginning operations.