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Items you use to operate your business are taxable unless an exemption applies. Several services are also taxable. If you do not pay sales tax on a taxable purchase, then use tax is due. See the table below for specific examples.
If you donate or give away taxable items, you owe sales or use tax on your cost of the items, no matter who receives it. For example, if you change the oil in a church van at no charge, you owe use tax on your cost of the filter and the oil used.
If you subcontract with another business for repair work or services, do not pay sales or use tax on your purchase. Instead, give the subcontractor a completed Form ST3, Certificate of Exemption. Specify the resale exemption.
But you must charge sales tax to your customer for any taxablesubcontracted labor, parts, or materials. Charges for repair labor are not taxable.
General clothing items are not taxable. Examples include:
If you buy equipment, supplies, or other taxable items for your business and the seller does not charge Minnesota sales tax, you owe use tax on the cost of the items. If your business is located in an area with a local tax, you may also owe local use tax.
Some common situations where you may owe use tax include:
You buy taxable items or services online without paying sales tax
You withdraw an item from inventory to use (instead of selling it), donate, or give away
You buy taxable items outside of Minnesota
You buy taxable items in another Minnesota city or county with a lower (or no) local sales tax