Generally, nonprofit entities are exempt from paying sales or use tax on their purchases of property and services. A nonprofit entity must apply for and receive the Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption from the Department of Revenue before making tax-exempt purchases. The certificate is valid for four years, and every fourth year, the Tennessee Department of Revenue reissues nonprofit certificates of exemption to all current exemption holders.
Reference: Important Notice 15-16. Tenn. Code Ann. § 67-6-322.