Sales Tax Exemptions on Purchases
For Tufts employees who purchase goods and services on behalf of Tufts University, it is expected that all retailers and suppliers will request a completed Tax-Exempt Purchaser Certificate in order for the university to avoid paying a sales, use or meals tax. Information required on the Tax-Exempt Certificate will include the name of the tax-exempt entity; date of purchase; and a university taxpayer identification number. Some examples when the university is exempt from sales, use and meals tax will generally apply to the following conditions:
- When purchases and meals are used in the conduct of the university’s exempt purpose and mission (e.g. education and research)
- When the university is billed directly and no amount is paid by the consumer
- If meals are for the benefit of students
- When meals are purchased as part of University business that includes employees and guest of the university
Purchases made through Amazon: For instructions on how to obtain tax-exempt status for Amazon.com purchases please direct all inquiries using the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Hotel Taxes: As a general rule, when traveling outside of Massachusetts, university personnel are more than likely required to pay a local and state hotel tax. Some states do, however, offer sales/use tax exemptions if proper documentation is provided at the time of payment.
State Sales & Meals Tax: Tufts University is generally exempt in the following states:
|- Colorado||- Massachusetts|
|- Connecticut||- New Jersey|
|- Florida||- New York|
|- Illinois||- Rhode Island|
Tax Exempt Forms: State tax exemption forms are available to download.