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Frequently Asked Questions About the Sales and Use Tax

13 - I am a government contractor. Am I entitled to an exemption on my purchases of materials and supplies?

Yes and no. If you are purchasing materials that will be incorporated into the realty of a federal, state, or local government agency, you are not entitled to an exemption from the sales and use tax. You should pay the tax to your suppliers at the time of purchase. However, if you are purchasing merchandise for resale in its original form to a governmental entity, you may obtain a sales and use tax license that will enable you to issue resale certificates to your vendors. Equipment and tools purchased for your use in fulfilling a contract is taxable even if ownership will pass to the governmental entity after use.

For more information, see Business Tax Tip #18, Real Property Contractors and Maryland Taxes.



 
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Sales and Use Tax FAQs
  1 - What is included in the taxable price?
  2 - How is the tax applied to sales of cigarettes?
  3 - Are there any limitations on the interest deduction?
  4 - Are store coupons included in the taxable price?
  5 - Are warranty charges taxable?
  6 - Are shipping and handling charges subject to the sales tax?
  7 - Are all labor charges exempt?
  8 - What is the difference between repair and fabrication labor?
  9 - I am an out-of-state vendor who makes sales in Maryland. Do I need to register to collect the sales and use tax?
  10 - My nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization does not have a location in Maryland, but we will be attending a conference in your state. Do we qualify for a sales tax exemption on our purchases of food, beverages, and accommodations during our stay?
  11 - Does the sales and use tax apply to rentals of tangible personal property?
  12 - How can I obtain a resale certificate?
  13 - I am a government contractor. Am I entitled to an exemption on my purchases of materials and supplies?
  14 - How can I obtain a tax ID number to give to vendors when I make a purchase for resale?
  15 - Has the Maryland General Assembly provided for tax free shopping periods?
  17 - I am a manufacturer of the products I sell. How do I claim exemption on items purchased for use in production activities?
  16 - How can I determine if a church or other nonprofit organization qualifies for exemption on its purchases?
  18 - Can I make "tax-included" sales?
  19 - How do I change the name of my business for my tax records?
 
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