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Renewing Exemption Certificates


Application available at the above link at the end of May/Early June 2017


In May 2017, the Comptroller's Office will mail notice of the upcoming renewal period and instructions to all nonprofit organizations holding a valid Maryland sales and use tax exemption certificate with a September 30, 2017 expiration date. The due date for returning the completed application is August 1, 2017.  If your organization submitted a complete application by the deadline, you should receive your certificate by mail in mid-September. Certificates are renewed every five (5) years.

If your organization does not receive a Renewal Notice by June 15, 2017, you may contact Taxpayer Service for more information by phone at 410-260-7980 or toll-free 1-800-638-2937 from elsewhere in Maryland, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

It is not necessary to renew exemption certificates issued to government agencies since those certificates do not expire.

Completing the renewal application

The renewal application will be an online web application.  The online web application will be available at the end of May/early June 2017 and will be posted on this webpage.  When completing the application, you will be asked to acknowledge the exempt status of your nonprofit organization and indicate any changes that would affect its exempt status.  The application must be signed by an officer of the organization.  An Authorized Officer is a person formally empowered by a business entity to conduct business on its behalf, or a person who can act in an official capacity on behalf of the organization, such as an executive director, CEO, CFO, COO, president, secretary, treasurer, deacon, elder, pastor or any other officer specified by the rules of operation, Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.

You must have the following information before you can renew your organizationís Maryland Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate:

- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

- Maryland Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate Renewal Notice mailed to organization

If the name of the organization has changed, you must upload a copy of the amended articles of incorporation. You must also upload documentation from the IRS if there has been a change in your organization's FEIN.

All organizations are urged to submit the renewal through the application online.  If you are unable to complete the online web application, you may contact Taxpayer Service for a paper application.  Although paper submissions are accepted, the processing time will be delayed because all paper applications must be manually reviewed.  


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