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    1 : Sales and Use Taxes for Nonprofit and Exempt Organizations California State Board of Equalization
    2 : Course Objectives How Sales & Use Tax Law impacts nonprofit and faith-based organizations. How and where to get help.
    3 : Written Responses For Specific Sales and Use Tax Questions Write to: Board of Equalization Audit and Information Section 450 N Street, MIC:44 Sacramento, CA 95814
    4 : Board of Equalization Functions Administers more than 25 different tax and fee programs for the State. Produced more than $53 billion in revenue for state and local government in 2007-08. Funding supports education, health care, public safety, transportation, social services, etc.
    5 : No Blanket Exemption In general, no blanket exemption from sales or use tax exists for nonprofit or charitable organizations. The organization’s sales of tangible personal property are subject to tax. The organization’s purchases of tangible personal property, including supplies are subject to tax.
    6 : What Is A Person? Any individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, association, social club, fraternal organization, corporation, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, assignee for the benefit of creditors, trustee, trustee in bankruptcy, syndicate, the United States, this state, any county, city and county, municipality, district, or other political subdivision of the state, or any other group or combination acting as a unit.
    7 : What Is Tangible Personal Property? Personal property, which may be seen, weighed, measured, felt, or touched, or which is in any other manner perceptible to the senses.
    8 : What Is A Sale? Any transfer of title or possession, of tangible personal property for a consideration, regardless of when payment is received.
    9 : Who Is A Retailer? Every seller who makes any retail sale or sales of tangible personal property, and every person engaged in the business of making retail sales at auction of tangible personal property owned by the person or others.
    10 : Who Is A Consumer? One that acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale.
    11 : What is Occasional Sale A sale of property not hold or used by the seller in the course of business for which he/she is requires to hold a seller’s permit. A Sale by a person who is not required to hold a seller’s permit under the sales and use tax law. Any transfer of all or substantially all of the property hold or used by a person in the course of business when after the transfer, the real or ultimate ownership of the property is substantially similar to that which is existed before the transfer.
    12 : Determine Number of Sales A person who makes more than 2 sales of tangible personal property for substantial amounts during any 12-month period is required to hold a seller’s permit. The first 2 sales by a person who is not required to hold a seller’s permit are exempt occasional sales. The 3rd sale and subsequent sales made within any 12-month period, which resulted in the requirement of a seller’s permit, are subject to tax.
    13 : Sales Tax vs. Use Tax Sales Tax Tax imposed on retailer. Seller reports and pays the sales tax due on items sold at retail in California. Tax measured by the gross receipts from the sale. The tax rate is the same for sales tax and use tax
    14 : Sales Tax vs. Use TaxThe tax rate is the same for sales tax and use tax Use Tax Tax imposed on consumer. Consumer owes and pays the use tax due on items purchased without payment of sales tax. Tax measured by purchase price. Out-of-state retailers engaged in business in California must collect and payuse tax on items soldto Californians.
    15 : Sales by Nonprofit Organizations General Rule = Sales are Taxable Statutory Consumer Specific Exemption
    16 : General Rule: Sales are Taxable Even if… The Item is Donated or Homemade. The Item is Bartered or Traded. The Proceeds Benefit the Organization. The Money Received is Designated as a Donation or Gift.
    17 : Exemptions forCertain Consumers Nonprofit parent-teacher associations. Qualified nonprofit youth organizations. Parent cooperative nursery schools. Nonprofit veterans’ organizations. Friends of the library.
    18 : Taxable Activities Bazaars. Carnival booths. Vending machine sales. Internet sales. Raffles. Food sales. Auctions (and silent auctions). Rummage sales.
    19 : Sales of Food “To Go”at Fundraising Events
    20 : Sales of Food “To Go”at Fundraising Events Type of food: Cold food (candy, snack food, produce, etc.) Is sale usually taxable? No. Exception: May be taxable when sold in a combination package.
    21 : Sales of Food “To Go”at Fundraising Events Type of food: Hot Prepared Food. Is sale usually taxable? Yes. Exception: Tax does not apply to sales of individual hot drinks and bakery goods. Not Taxable
    22 : Sales of Food “To Go”at Fundraising Events Type of food: Combination packages. Is sale usually taxable? Yes. Application of tax depends on contents of package.
    23 : When a combination food package includes: A hot, prepared food product or hot beverage and any other food item. Examples: Hot coffee and a sandwich; hot soup anda cold sandwich. Tax applies to full selling price. Sales of Combination Food Packages “To Go” at Fundraising Events
    24 : When a combination food package includes: Cold food products only. Example: Cold sandwich, chips, and an apple. Tax does not apply. Sales of Combination Food Packages “To Go” at Fundraising Events
    25 : When a combination food package includes: A carbonated beverage and one or more cold food items. Example: Cold sandwich , chips, candy, and a soft drink. Tax applies only to the portion of the selling price that represents the charge for the carbonated beverage. Sales of Combination Food Packages “To Go” at Fundraising Events
    26 : Type of sale, location Meals served at fundraising events Is sale usually taxable? Yes. Sales of Food for Consumption“On-site” at Fundraising Events
    27 : Type of sale, location: Food sold where admission is charged. Is sale usually taxable? Yes. Exception: Cold food sold in a form or quantity that buyers would normally take home. Sales of Food for Consumption“On-site” at Fundraising Events
    28 : Type of sale, location Food sold where dining facilities are provided. Is sale usually taxable? Yes. Exception: Cold food sold in a form or quantity that buyers would normally take home. Sales of Food for Consumption“On-site” at Fundraising Events
    29 : Sales of Food for Fundraising Fund Raising Dinners. Taxable. Generally, the person serving the meal is responsible for the tax. If a caterer serves the meal, the caterer is the retailer and is responsible for the tax.
    30 : Certain Nonprofit Activities are Nontaxable Advertising for inclusion in a newsletter or publication etc., Gift Cards/Certificates Show Tickets Movie Tickets Coupon Books
    31 : 501(c)3 Publications Tax Does Not Apply if the publication is Regularly Issued (averaging at least 4 issues a year) Distributed to Members Without Additional Charge OR No Revenue is Accepted from Commercial Advertising
    32 : Non 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization Periodicals Sale is Exempt if Both Apply Distributed to Members Without Additional Charge AND Cost of Printing is less than 10% of the Annual Membership Fee
    33 : Do I Need a Seller’s Permit? “Every person, firm, partnership, corporation, etc., engaging in the business of selling tangible personal property of a kind the gross receipts from the retail sale of which are required to be included in the measure of the sales tax, must apply to the State Board of Equalization for a permit on a form prescribed by the Board. Wholesalers, as well as retailers, must secure such permit. No permit fee is required.”
    34 : How to Obtain a Permit 1. Complete application BOE-400-SPA 2. Submit application with all necessary documentation in person mail fax 3. Cost=Free
    35 : Filing Requirements A tax return (with payment) is dueeach period. If no sales are made, you are required to file azero “0” return Notify the Board of any changes to your permit
    36 : Books and Records Records of all sales, including sales you believeare nontaxable Records of purchases Documentation to support claimed deductions Records must be maintained for at leastfour (4) years
    37 : Resale Certificates Resale Certificates are issued for purchases of items that will be resold or incorporated into products that will be resold.
    38 : Resale Certificates When making sales for resale, you should obtain supporting documentation from the purchaser that your sale is not subject to sales tax. This typically consists of obtaining a resale certificate from the purchaser.
    39 : Resale Certificate
    40 : Services Available Local Board Offices: http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/phone.htm Website: www.boe.ca.gov Information Center1-800-400-7115/TDD 1-800-735-2929 24 hr. Fax-back ServiceCommonly requested forms and publications to choose from automatically faxed back to you.
    41 : Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate If you have been unable to resolve an issue with the Board, or if you would like to know more about your rights under the law, you may contact the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate at: 888-324-2798
    42 : Thank you for all the important work you do for the State of California. Thank You

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