All business entities engaged in business in Nevada MUST register for the Commerce Tax, regardless of whether there is tax due or not. This includes private individuals who own rental properties within Nevada. According to Commerce Tax law, rent is NOT considered passive income and is therefore subject to the tax.
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Commerce Tax FAQs
According to the State of Nevada’s Department of Taxation, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Commerce Tax.
What is Commerce Tax?
Commerce Tax is a tax on a privilege of engaging in business in Nevada.
What entities are subject to Commerce Tax?
Business entities engaged in business in Nevada are subject to Commerce Tax.
What is a business entity?
A business entity means:
- business association
- business trust
- C- or S-corporation
- holding company
- joint stock company
- joint venture *
- limited-liability company
- limited-liability partnership
- professional association
- savings and loan association
- sole proprietorship
- any other person engaging in a business in Nevada, including a natural person filing schedule E, part I, with their Federal tax return
*Note: joint venture, except a joint operating or co-ownership arrangement which meets the requirements of 26 C.F.R. §1.761-2(a)(3), Treasury Regulations §1.761-2(a)(3) that elect out of federal partnership treatment as provided by 26 U.S.C. §761(a).
What is “engaging in business”?
“Engaging in business” means commencing, conducting or continuing a business, the exercise of corporate or franchise powers regarding a business, and the liquidation of a business which is or was engaging in a business when the liquidator holds itself out to the public as conducting that business.
What entities have to file the Commerce Tax return?
Each business entity engaged in business in Nevada is required to file the Commerce Tax return regardless of whether there is tax due or not.
What entities are exempt from Commerce Tax?
The list of entities exempt from the Commerce Tax is limited to:
- Natural person, unless such person is engaged in a business and files Schedule C, E (Part 1) or F with the federal tax return;
- Governmental entity
- Non-profit organization pursuant to section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Business entity organized pursuant to NRS 82 or NRS 84;
- Credit union
- Grantor trust, excluding a trust taxable as a business entity for federal tax purposes;
- Estate of a natural person, excluding an estate taxable as a business entity for federal tax purposes;
- Certain REITs – Real Estate Investment Trusts
- REMIC – Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit
- Passive Entity
- Entity, which only owns and manages intangible investments, such as stocks, bonds, patents, trademarks
- Participant in an exhibition NOT required to obtain state business license (NRS 360.780)
- Any person or entity which is prohibited from taxing pursuant to Constitution or law
What is the $4,000,000 threshold?
$4,000,000 is the standard amount a business entity is allowed to deduct from its Nevada gross revenue before the Commerce Tax is imposed. It reduces the business entity’s revenue subject to tax but it does NOT exempt the business entity from the filing requirement.
I am a sole proprietor and I am exempt from the Nevada Business License. Am I exempt from the Commerce Tax?
No. The fact, that you are not required to obtain a Nevada Business License does NOT exempt you from the Commerce Tax filing requirement.
I am a small business owner and my revenue is less than $4,000,000. Do I have to file the Commerce Tax return?
Yes, every business entity engaging in business in Nevada has to file the Commerce Tax return; however, because the revenue of your business is under the $4,000,000 threshold, there will be no Commerce Tax due.
I received a Form 1099-MISC from the company I work for here in Nevada. Am I a business entity?
Yes. Your company treats you as an independent contractor. Independent contractors are subject to Commerce Tax. If you file Schedule C with your Federal tax return, you must file a Commerce Tax return.
I have a rental property in Nevada. Am I a subject to the Commerce Tax?
Yes. According to Commerce Tax law, rent is NOT passive income.
I am registered with the Nevada Secretary of State but my corporation makes $0. Do I have to file the Commerce Tax return?
Yes. Commencing business in Nevada includes registering your business with the Nevada Secretary of State. Unless your entity is specifically exempted by Commerce Tax law, you are required to file the Commerce Tax return.
My Nevada business closed during the year. Do I have to file the Commerce Tax return?
Yes. To close the Commerce Tax account with the Department of Taxation you have to file a final Commerce Tax return for your business.
My business is incorporated outside of Nevada. Does it have a Commerce Tax filing requirement?
For businesses located outside of Nevada, a minimum connection with Nevada is necessary in order for them to be subject to Commerce Tax. Please review section 16 of the Commerce Tax Regulations. The Department also developed a Nexus Questionnaire to help out-of-state businesses to determine their filing requirement.
Our Nevada company has subsidiaries in Nevada and in other states. It files a consolidated Federal tax return. Can it file a consolidated tax return for the Commerce Tax?
No. Each entity has to determine its own filing requirement and file its own return, if a filing requirement exists.