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June 5th, 2007


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08:48 am - Taxing Churches?
As a church, our Grove is exempt from sales tax on most items purchased.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, the requisite exemption certificates "are prescribed by the Tax Commissioner and can be obtained from a local printer or office supply store."

The question, then, becomes thus:

How do you supply the vendor of exemption certificates with a sales tax exemption certificate if you have to buy them first?

Taxes rock!
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From:tesinth
Date:June 5th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
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So basically you need one of these, right?:

http://tax.ohio.gov/documents/forms/fill-in/sales_and_use/exemption_certificates/STEC_B_FI.doc

Per your question, I'm guessing ya eat it. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 5th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. Yep. I grabbed that one after posting. Amusingly, though, this form has the line, "Purchaser must state a valid reason for claiming an exception or exemption."

And, of course, they don't actually have any real guidance about what to put in the box. I'm tempted to get a big red marker and write, "I'm a Church!" and see if the store will accept that.
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From:tesinth
Date:June 5th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, back when I had to use Ohio State's, the reason given was "State Institution", so stating "Church" would probably get ya by.
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From:gothicdruid
Date:June 5th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Lucky you...CA is one of only four states that require nonprofits (including churches) to pay sales tax. It may actually be the only state that requires churches to both pay sales tax and collect sales tax (i.e., on merchandise sales). Count your...um...blessings... ;)

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