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Sales Tax Exempt in Mississippi? A State with No Forms

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Your customer wants to purchase goods and have them delivered to their home state of Mississippi.  They say they wish to purchase the goods sales tax exempt.  Your first response when a customer asks for exempt status is to request a sales tax exemption certificate.  When you go to check in your library of documents for the correct form for the customer to complete, you notice the Mississippi library is empty.  You check the Mississippi Department of Revenue website, and again find nothing.  What does this mean and how should you proceed?

In the State of Mississippi, the burden falls on the seller to prove tax exempt status on the sale.  The documentation portion of exempt transactions is governed by MS Code Sec. 27-65-5.  The State requires the seller to include exempt information on each and every invoice that is generated.  Any purchaser who can provide proof that they are a licensed dealer within the state may claim a resale exemption.  This proof may come in the form of a copy of their state issued license, sales tax return, a form or a statement that includes their Mississippi sales tax account number.

Realistically, it helps to have a document to present to your customer.  Giving them a piece of paper kicks off the process of them thinking about giving you the correct data.  I’ve been using the SST form, as it asks for the purchaser’s state ID and additional information that may be useful.  The form is easy to fill out and many purchasers are now used to seeing the format.  I have also seen people create their own forms with success.  Many times, you will use your own form or the SST form and the customer will just send you a copy of their license anyway.  The best solution is to request and collect a copy of the State issued letter identifying that purchaser as a registered reseller.  Regardless of the format, collect the information and you are in good shape.

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4 Responses to Sales Tax Exempt in Mississippi? A State with No Forms

  • Posted by ASherrodbe on September 29, 2014 7:26am:

    My 501 c 3 organization is also registered with the State Of Mississippi as a non profit charitable organization. We often purchase items from local vendors for fundraisers. Are we eligible for MS sales tax exemption status. If so, how do we obtain the exemption certificate or whatever credential that is required.

    • Posted by Author photo of Susan JaegerSusan Jaeger on December 5, 2014 7:35am:

      Thanks for your question - and I do apologize for the slow response. (Things are very busy on the sales tax front!) While Silvia Aguirre’s very helpful Exemption Certificate blog information is still available – she is no longer posting new items or responding to new comments or questions.
      However – some good news… Andy Johnson and Michael Fleming of Peisner Johnson & Company have taken over the Exemption Certificate blogging activity. If you would like to post an Exemptions Certificate related question – feel free to submit through the comment section in the newest/latest post(s) listed on this linked page.
      http://www.salestaxsupport.com/blogs/sales-use-tax/author/mikefleming/
      Thanks!
      SalesTaxSupport.com

    • Posted by Author photo of Susan JaegerSusan Jaeger on December 5, 2014 7:33am:

      Thanks for your questions! While Silvia Aguirre’s very helpful Exemption Certificate blog information is still available – she is no longer posting new items or responding to new comments or questions.
      However – some good news… Andy Johnson and Michael Fleming of Peisner Johnson & Company have taken over the Exemption Certificate blogging activity. If you would like to post an Exemptions Certificate related question – feel free to submit through the comment section in the newest/latest post(s) listed on this linked page.
      http://www.salestaxsupport.com/blogs/sales-use-tax/author/mikefleming/
      Thanks!
      SalesTaxSupport.com

  • Posted by Pastor on November 5, 2012 2:11am:

    Thank you for this information. I am the Executive Secretary for a religious non-profit organization in Mississippi and I live in Texas. I couldn't find any forms to establish local tax exemption for our organization. Would I need the to create a form?

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