Contrary to what some people believe, a sales and use tax license is not a "tax number" that exempts you from paying sales and use tax.
To make tax-exempt purchases for items intended for resale or for property that will be incorporated into something you manufacture to sell, you must give the vendor a resale certificate. Do not confuse the resale certificate with the exemption certificate.
A resale certificate is a written statement that you provide stating that the merchandise or taxable service you buy will be resold in a taxable sale or that it will be incorporated into tangible personal property or used in a service that will be taxed when it is sold. Although there is no specific form for a resale certificate, it must include:
- a signed statement that the purchase is intended for resale,
- the purchaser's name and address, and
- the purchaser's Maryland sales and use tax registration number
NOTE: Your sales and use tax registration number is an eight digit number that has been assigned to your business. You'll find your registration number on each sales and use tax return we send you and on your sales and use tax license.
If you frequently deal with the same supplier, you may provide that supplier with a blanket resale certificate stating that all purchases are for resale. Then all you have to do is give the supplier your sales and use tax registration number.
A resale certificate can be generated here.
Vendors must clearly document the reason for all tax-exempt sales and should keep resale certificates on file as part of your business records. You must be able to match your sales records with the appropriate resale certificates for audit purposes. You can be held liable for uncollected taxes if you accept resale certificates for sales that you know or should know are not for resale.
Purchases under $200
Resale certificates may not be used to make tax-free purchases for resale if the purchase is less than $200 and payment is by cash, check or credit card unless the seller delivers the goods directly to the buyer's retail place of business.
View a Sample Resale Certificate.