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Here at AOD, we get a few questions from those in our AOD 2014 Artist Alley regarding a Seller's Permit number.
Short answer: Probably
Long answer: The California State Board of Equalization requires a seller's permit for nearly everyone who sells items for money. This includes artists who sell handcrafted or handmade items.
One of the following:
AOD is required to retain this information in case the Board of Equalization requires them for auditing. AOD does not share this information with any other group outside of the convention.
You can apply for a seller's permit from the Board of Equalization Permit website. The site allows you to register for temporary seller's permits, either on line, or through their office.
Some BOE offices will not process temporary permits until 30 days before the date of the convention. If you're applying for a temporary permit and are worried that the state will not handle your seller's permit application, you can contact us and we'll try to work something out.
A parent/guardian will need to apply for the seller's permit.
No. Do not put AOD or the Hotel Kabuki for the business name / email address / or location of your business.
The Seller's Permit is a permit between you (the artist / business) and the State of California. The forms are typically asking for your information (not AOD's).
The only time to cite AOD and/or the Hotel Kabuki is in the context of a temporary event for a temporary seller's permit (see previous question).
Certain individuals can claim they are an "occasional seller". However, this generally only applies to people who are selling items they previously owned; essentially, situations like a garage sale, swap meet, or flea market. Normally this "occasional seller" special status doesn't apply to artists selling their own items, even if they only do this one or twice a year.
That said, there are some very rare circumstances where an artist may qualify as an "occasional seller". If this is true for you, then you can fill in the appropriate fields on the BOE-410-D form
The nuances do get complex. If you're not sure, you should ask the Board of Equalization.
If you have any questions about any part of the sellers permit process, your best bet is to contact the California State Board of Equalization directly. Their phone number are available from their website, and from Board of Equalization Permit website.