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Frequently Asked Questions About Purchases for Resale

7 - What about third-party drop shipments?

In a typical transaction, you would sell merchandise to a vendor who is not registered to collect Maryland sales and use tax. The unregistered vendor asks you to deliver the merchandise to a customer in Maryland. In this case, you must:

  • Require the vendor to obtain a Maryland sales and use tax license and provide a valid resale certificate; OR
  • Charge the vendor the tax based on the amount of the sale. You are responsible for collecting or documenting the tax on your sale to the vendor.

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Purchases for Resale FAQs
  1 - Is a resale certificate the same thing as an exemption certificate?
  2 - What information should be included on a resale certificate?
  3 - What is my sales and use tax registration number?
  4 - Must I fill out a new resale certificate every time I make an eligible purchase?
  5 - What should I do with resale certificates my customers give me?
  6 - May I accept resale certificates from unlicensed out-of-state customers?
  7 - What about third-party drop shipments?
  8 - How can I protect myself from unnecessary tax liabilities?
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