I'm in an e-commerce business, selling products online. Recently, I've contacted several trusted wholesale companies within US, for selling their products online as well. I was required to present them a federal Tax ID for legally selling to me tax free wholesale goods and a Resale Certificate for an approval that my purchases are for business purposes and not personal. As a foreign citizen who lives outside of US and in fact, only connected to the states by e-commerce business, I can only apply for ITIN (please, do correct me if I'm wrong!). When it comes to a Resale Certificate, it's much more complicated since, as I understand, each state provides its own, depends on your residency - which, in my case is none. My questions are:
- Is ITIN my substitute for a Tax ID, given my residential status?
- If I'm not an American citizen, does it also cover the Resale Certificate requirement or there is other document in my case?
- As far as I know, Resale Certificate is reliant upon each state, depends on my residency, which as you already know, is none. If I'm still required to provide such a document as proof that the merchandise was purchased for resale- how can I possibly obtain it?