SUT-89 - Exemption for Packaging Materials

Packaging materials, including pallets, containers, labels, sacks, bags, or bottles used for packaging products that will accompany the products when sold in a retail sale or sale for resale are exempt from sales and use tax.

The dealer should present a completed Streamlined Certificate of Exemption to its supplier to purchase the packaging materials exempt from sales and use tax. On Line 4 of the exemption certificate, the purchaser should select its type of business (e.g., retail trade, manufacturing, or wholesale trade). On Line 5 of the exemption certificate, the purchaser should select Box L “other” and include the explanation “packaging used incidental to the sale of products.” 

Reference: Tenn. Code Ann. § 67-6-329(a)(13). Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1320-05-01-.11(1). Important Notice 18-16.

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