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Posts Tagged ‘sales tax fraud’

NOTICE: DON’T BUY EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES!!!

Posted by salestax on March 18, 2010

I’ve seen my fair share of people trying to get out of paying U.S. sales taxes:  forging certificates, making false claims about exemptions, giving false information on a certificate, shipping to one state and then claiming they took it across the border or in their suitcase to another country.  But in all my years, I don’t think I’ve ever thought about someone trying to make money this way:

I wish that ND would have been more forthcoming with the actual businesses/websites that are claiming you can buy a taxpayer number and exemption certificate. 

But nevertheless, you can’t just go out and purchase an exemption certificate.  Generally, you must apply with the state in which you do business, and they will either provide you with a permit/license or some kind of certificate/letter that you can use to give to your vendors to claim an exemption, or you will use the number given by your state on that permit, license, etc. to complete a valid certificate.

As a vendor, if you need to check that the number placed on a resale/exemption certificate is valid, see the list of states on the right that offer verification sites.

Also, if you need a blank exemption certificate for your state, you can either go to the relevant state’s website or check out CertCapture for current blank exemption certificates available throughout the U.S. –  FREE!

As always, with sales & use tax, it’s not only “buyer beware” but vendors must be equally aware.

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