Form Exemption Tax St3 PDF Details

The Form Exemption Tax St3 is a tax form used to claim an exemption from the Texas state sales and use tax. This form must be completed and filed by individuals or companies that meet the exemption requirements. The instructions for completing and filing this form are included on the document itself, so be sure to read them carefully before filling out the form. If you have any questions about how to complete this form, or if you need help filing it, please contact your local taxing authority.

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Form NameForm Exemption Tax St3
Form Length6 pages
Fillable fields74
Avg. time to fill out16 min 22 sec
Other namesst3, st3 form mn, tax exempt form mn, tax exempt certificate

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Form ST3, Certificate of Exemption

Purchaser: Complete this certificate and give it to the seller.

Seller: If this certificate is not completed, you must charge sales tax. Keep this certificate as part of your records.

This is a blanket certificate, unless one of the boxes below is checked. This certificate remains in force as long as the purchaser continues making purchases or until otherwise cancelled by the purchaser.

Check if this certificate is for a single purchase and enter the related invoice/purchase order #



If you are a contractor and have a purchasing agent agreement with an exempt organization, check the box to make purchases for a spe- cific job. Enter the exempt entity name and specific project:

Exempt entity name



Project description

















Name of Purchaser
















Business Address





ZIP code









Purchaser’s Tax ID Number


State of Issue












If no tax ID number,


Driver’s license number/State issued ID number



Enter one of the following:


State of Issue











Name of seller from whom you are purchasing, leasing, or renting















Seller’s Address





ZIP code

Type of Business

01 Accommodation and food services

02 Agricultural, forestry, fishing, hunting 03 Construction

04 Finance and insurance

05 Information, publishing and communications

06 Manufacturing

07 Mining

08 Real estate

09 Rental and leasing 10 Retail trade

Reason for Exemption (See Instructions)

A Federal government (department)

B Specific government exemption

C Tribal government (name)

D Foreign diplomat #

E Charitable organization # F Educational organization # G Religious organization # H Resale

I Qualifying capital equipment (see instructions when equipment claimed is part of a construction project)



Transportation and warehousing




















Wholesale trade













Business services













Professional services













Education and health-care services













Nonprofit organization


























Not a business (explain)





















Other (explain)

























Agricultural production












Industrial production/manufacturing












Direct pay authorization












Multiple points of use (services, digital goods, or computer




software delivered electronically)







Direct mail







Other (enter number from instructions)














Percentage exemption












Advertising (enter percentage)








Utilities (enter percentage)






Electricity (enter percentage)




I declare that the information on this certificate is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. (PENALTY: If you try to evade paying sales tax by using an exemption certificate for items or services that will be used for purposes other than those being claimed, you may be fined $100 under Minnesota law for each transaction for which the certificate is used.)

Signature of Authorized Purchaser

Print Name Here



Rev. 7/19

Form ST3 Instructions

Fact sheets and industry guides are available on our website at


Complete this certificate and give it to the seller. Include your Minnesota tax identification number if you have one. Do not send it to the Min- nesota Department of Revenue.

Note: You are responsible for knowing if you qualify to claim exemption from tax and will be held liable for any use tax, interest and pos- sible penalties due if the items you purchased are not eligible for exemption.


Keep this certificate as part of your records. Accepting a completed exemption certificate relieves you from collecting the tax. If this certifi- cate is not completed, you must charge sales tax. You may be required to provide this exemption certificate (or the data elements required on the form) to the state to verify this exemption.

Exemption Descriptions

Use these descriptions to complete the Reason for Exemption section.

A. Federal government — Enter the name of the department. The seller must obtain a purchase order, payment voucher, work order, a completed Form ST3 or similar documentation to show the purchase was from the federal government. See the Government - Federal Government Industry Guide.

B.Specific government exemptions Enter the specific exemption from the list below.

Ambulance services

Biosolids processing equipment

Bullet-resistant body armor

Chore/homemaking services

Correctional facility meals or drinks

Emergency rescue vehicle repair and replacement parts

Emergency vehicle accessory items

Firefighter equipment



Local Governments

Metropolitan Council

Nursing homes

Petroleum products used by government

Regionwide public safety radio communication system

Solid waste disposal facility

State or local government agency from another state

Transit program vehicles

Water used directly in providing fire protection

See Fact Sheet 142, Sales to Governments, Fact Sheet 135, Fire Fighting, Police and Emergency Equipment, Government - Local Gov- ernments Industry Guide, and Fact Sheet 139, Libraries.

C.Tribal government — All sales to tribal governments are exempt. Enter the name of the tribe. See Fact Sheet 160, Tribal Governments and Members.

D.Foreign diplomat — Sales tax exemption cards are issued to some foreign diplomats and consular officials stationed in this country. Enter the number issued to the foreign diplomat. See the Government - Federal Government Industry Guide.

E.Charitable organizations — Must be operated exclusively for charitable purposes. You must apply for and receive exempt status autho- rization from the department. Some nonprofit organizations do not qualify for sales tax exemption. This exemption may not be used for the purchase of lodging or prepared food. See the Nonprofit Organizations Industry Guide.

F.Educational organizations — Educational organizations operated exclusively for educational purposes must use Form ST3 on qualifying purchases. Organizations such as nonprofit professional and trade schools, scouts, youth groups, youth athletic and recreational pro- grams, etc., operated exclusively for educational purposes must apply for exempt status authorization from the department and use Form ST3 on qualifying purchases. This exemption may not be used for the purchase of lodging or prepared food. See the Nonprofit Organiza-

tions Industry Guide.




Form ST3 instructions (continued)

G.Religious organizations — Churches and other religious organizations operated exclusively for religious purposes can use Form ST3 without exempt status authorization or may apply for exempt status authorization from the department. This exemption may not be used for the purchase of lodging or prepared food. See the Nonprofit Organizations Industry Guide.

H.Resale — Items or services must be purchased for resale in the normal course of business. You may not use this exemption if the vendor is restricted by federal or state law from selling certain products for resale. Liquor retailers cannot sell alcoholic beverages exempt for resale. M.S.340A.505

I.Qualifying Capital Equipment — Machinery and equipment purchased or leased primarily for manufacturing, fabricating, mining, or refining tangible personal property to be sold ultimately at retail if the machinery and equipment are essential to the integrated production process.

Additional information needs to be provided when the CE exemption is claimed for a construction project that would normally be consid- ered an improvement to real property. The purchaser must provide documentation to the contractor to identify the exempt portion of the project.

See Fact Sheet 103, Capital Equipment and Fact Sheet 128, Contractors.

J.Agricultural production — Materials and supplies used or consumed in agricultural production of items intended to be sold ultimately at retail. Does not cover furniture, fixtures, machinery, tools (except qualifying detachable tools and special tooling) or accessories used to produce a product. See the Agricultural and Farming Industry Guide.

K.Industrial production — Materials and supplies used or consumed in industrial production of items intended to be sold ultimately at retail. Does not cover furniture, fixtures, machinery, tools (except qualifying detachable tools and special tooling) or accessories used to produce a product. See Fact Sheet 145, Industrial Production.

L.Direct pay — Allows the buyer to pay sales tax on certain items directly to the state instead of to the seller. Applicants must be registered to collect sales tax in order to qualify and must apply for and receive direct pay authorization from the department. The State of Minne- sota (all state agencies) has direct pay authorization. This means state agencies pay sales tax directly to the department, rather than to the seller. Direct pay authorization may not be used for meals and drinks; lodging or related lodging services; admissions to places of amuse- ment or athletic events, or use of amusement devices; motor vehicles; certain services; or memberships to sports and athletic facilities. If you sell any of the excluded items, you should charge sales tax.

M.Multiple points of use — Taxable services, digital goods, or electronically delivered computer software that is concurrently available for use in more than one taxing jurisdiction at the time of purchase. Purchaser is responsible for apportioning and remitting the tax due to each taxing jurisdiction.

N.Direct mail Allows the buyer to pay sales tax on direct mail directly to the state instead of to the seller. Direct mail is printed material that meets the three following criteria:

It is delivered or distributed by U.S. Mail or other delivery service.

It is sent to a mass audience or to addresses on a mailing list provided by the purchaser or at the direction of the purchaser.

The cost of the items is not billed directly to recipients.

O.Other exemptions —

1.Aggregate delivered by a third party hauler to be used in road construction. Charges for delivery of aggregate materials by third party haulers are exempt if the aggregate will be used in road construction.

2.Airflight equipment. The aircraft must be operated under Federal Aviation Regulations, parts 91 and 135. See the Aircraft Industry Guide.

3.Ambulance services — privately owned (leases of vehicles used as an ambulance or equipped and intended for emergency re- sponse). Must be used by an ambulance service licensed by the EMS Regulatory Board under section 144E.10. See Fact Sheet 135, Fire Fighting, Police, and Emergency Equipment.

4.Aquaculture production equipment. Qualifying aquaculture production equipment, and repair or replacement parts used to main- tain and repair it. See the Agricultural and Farming Industry Guide.

5.Automatic fire-safety sprinkler systems. Fire-safety sprinkler systems and all component parts (including waterline expansions and additions) are exempt when installed in an existing residential dwelling, hotel, motel or lodging house that contains four or more dwelling units.

6.Coin-operated entertainment and amusement devices are exempt when purchased by retailers who (1) sell admission to places of amusement, or (2) make available amusement devices. See Fact Sheet 158, Vending Machines and Other Coin-Operated Devices.

7.Construction exemption for special projects under M.S. 297A.71. Certain purchases for the construction of a specific project or facility are exempt under M.S. 297A.71, such as waste recovery facilities. This exemption does not apply to projects for which you must pay sales or use tax on qualifying purchases and then apply for a refund.

8.Exempt publications. Materials and supplies used or consumed in the production of newspapers and publications issued at average intervals of three months or less. Includes publications issued on CD-ROM, audio tape, etc. See Fact Sheet 109, Printing Industry.

Continued 2

Form ST3 Instructions (continued)

9.Farm machinery. Qualifying farm machinery, and repair or replacement parts (except tires) used to maintain and repair it. See the

Agricultural and Farming Industry Guide.

10.Handicapped accessible (residential building materials). Building materials and equipment purchased by nonprofit organizations if the materials are used in an existing residential structure to make it handicapped accessible, and the homeowner would have qualified for a refund of tax paid on the materials under M.S. 297A.71, subd. 11 or subd. 22. Nonprofit organizations include those entities organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, educational or civic purposes; and veteran groups exempt from federal taxation under IRC 501(c)(19).

11.Handicapped accessible (vehicle costs). Conversion costs to make vehicles handicapped accessible. Covers parts, accessories and labor.

12.Herbicides for use on invasive aquatic plants. Starting July 1, 2019, herbicides used under an invasive aquatic plant management permit are exempt from sales tax. The exemption only applies to herbicides labeled for use in water and registered with the Depart- ment of Agriculture for use on invasive aquatic plants. The herbicides must be purchased by lakeshore property owners, a lakeshore property association, or a contractor hired to provide invasive aquatic plant management.

13.Horse materials. Covers consumable items such as feed, medications, bandages and antiseptics purchased for horses. Does not cover machinery, tools, appliances, furniture and fixtures. See the Veterinary Practice Industry Guide.

14.Hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. Sales to a hospital and outpatient surgical center are exempt if the items purchased are used in providing hospital or outpatient surgical services. (M.S. 297A.70, subd. 7)

15.Instructional materials required for study courses by college or private career school students (M.S. 297A.67, subd. 13a)

16.Logging equipment. Qualifying logging equipment, and repair or replacement parts (except tires) used to maintain and repair it. See

Fact Sheet 108, Logging Equipment.

17.Materials used for business outside Minnesota in a state where no sales tax applies to such items; or for use as part of a mainte- nance contract. This exemption applies only if the items would not be taxable if purchased in the other state (e.g., a state that does not have sales tax).

18.Materials used to provide certain taxable services. Materials must be used or consumed directly in providing services taxable under M.S. 297A.61, subd. 3(g)(6).

19.Medical supplies for a health-care facility. Purchases by a licensed health care facility, outpatient surgical center or licensed health- care professional of medical supplies used directly on a patient or resident to provide medical treatment. The exemption does not apply to equipment, lab or radiological supplies, etc. See Fact Sheet 172, Health Care Facilities.

20.Motor carrier direct pay (MCDP). Allows motor carriers to pay tax directly to the state when they lease mobile transportation equipment or buy certain parts and accessories. Applicants must be registered for sales tax in order to apply. You must apply for and receive MCDP authorization from the Department of Revenue. See the Motor Vehicle Industry Guide.

21.Nonprofit snowmobile clubs. Certain machinery and equipment is exempt when used primarily to groom state (or grant-in-aid) trails. Prior certification from DNR must be received.

22.Nursing homes and bonding care homes. Sales to nursing homes and boarding care homes are exempt. Nursing homes must be licensed by the state. Boarding care homes must be certified as a nursing facility.

23.Packing materials. Packing materials used to pack and ship household goods to destinations outside of Minnesota.

24.Poultry feed. The poultry must be for human consumption.

25.Preexisting construction bids and contracts. Tangible personal property or services purchased in relation to a preexisting construc- tion bid or contract are exempt from a new local tax or a tax rate increase for six months from the effective date of the new local tax or rate increase. This exemption is only for the change in tax on items or services purchased during the transitional period. The preexisting bid must be submitted and accepted before the effective date of the tax change and the building materials or services must be used pursuant to an obligation of the bid. A construction contract must have documentation of a bona fide written lump-sum or fixed price construction contract in force from before the effective date of the tax change.

26.Prizes. Items given to players as prizes in games of skill or chance at events such as community festivals, fairs and carnivals lasting fewer than six days.

27.Purchasing agent. Allows a business who has been appointed as a purchasing agent by an exempt organization to make purchases exempt from sales tax. All documentation pertaining to the purchasing agent agreement is kept by the purchasing agent to verify exemption.

28.Repair or replacement parts used in another state or country as part of a maintenance contract. This does not apply to equipment or tools used in a repair business.

29.Resource recovery facilities. Applies to equipment used for processing solid or hazardous waste (after collection and before dis-

posal) at a resource recovery facility. You must apply for and receive approval from the department.



Form ST3 Instructions (continued)

30.Rolling-stock for railroad use. Railroad businesses involved in interstate or intrastate commerce can buy certain rolling-stock items exempt. See the Transportation Service Providers Industry Guide.

31.Senior citizen groups. Groups must limit membership to senior citizens age 55 or older, or under 55 but physically disabled. They must apply for and receive exempt status authorization from the department.

32.Ship repair or replacement parts and lubricants. Repair or replacement parts and lubricants for ships and vessels engaged princi- pally in interstate or foreign commerce. See the Transportation Service Providers Industry Guide.

33.Ski areas. Items used or consumed primarily and directly for tramways at ski areas, or in snowmaking and snow-grooming opera- tions at ski hills, ski slopes or ski trails. Includes machinery, equipment, water additives and electricity used in the production and maintenance of machine-made snow.

34.Solar energy system means a set of devices whose primary purpose is to collect solar energy and convert and store it for useful purposes including heating and cooling buildings or other energy using processes, or to produce generated power by means of any combination of collecting, transferring, or converting solar-generated energy.

35.Taconite production items. Mill liners, grinding rods and grinding balls used in taconite production if purchased by a company taxed under the in-lieu provisions of M.S. 298 if they are substantially consumed in the production of taconite. See Fact Sheet 147, Taconite and Iron Mining.

36.Telecommunications, cable television and direct satellite equipment used directly by a service provider primarily to provide those services for sale at retail. See Fact Sheet 119, Telecommunications, Pay Television, and Related Services. This exemption was not in effect from July 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

37.Textbooks required for study to students who are regularly enrolled.

38.Tribal government construction contract. Materials purchased on or off the reservation by tribal government or non-tribal govern- ment contractors and subcontractors for use in construction projects on the reservation when the tribe or a tribally owned entity is a party to the contract, and the contract is being undertaken for the purpose of the tribe’s welfare. It does not extend to the purchase or lease of equipment or tools for use on the project.

41.TV commercials. Covers TV commercials and tangible personal property primarily used or consumed in preproduction, production or post-production of a TV commercial. Includes rental equipment for preproduction and production activities only. (Equipment purchased for use in any of these activities is taxable.) See Fact Sheet 163, TV Commercials.

42.Veteran organizations. Limited exemption applies to purchases by veteran organizations and their auxiliaries if they are organized in Minnesota and exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(19); and the items are for charitable, civic, educational or nonprofit use (e.g. flags, equipment for youth sports teams, materials to make poppies given for donations).

43.Waste-management containers and compactors purchased by a waste-management service provider to use in providing waste- management services that are subject to solid-waste management tax.

44.Wind energy systems. Wind energy conversion systems and materials used to construct, install, repair or replace them.

P. Percentage Exemptions —

Advertising materials: Percentage exemptions may be claimed for advertising materials for use outside of Minnesota or local taxing area. Purchaser must enter exempt percentage on Form ST3. See Fact Sheet 133, Advertising.

Utilities: Exemption applies to percent of utilities used in agricultural or industrial production. General space heating and lighting is not included in the exemption. Purchaser must enter exempt percentage on Form ST3. See the Agricultural and Farming Industry Guide and Fact Sheet 129, Utilities Used in Production.

Electricity: Exemption applies to percent of electricity used to operate enterprise information technology equipment, or used in office and meeting spaces, and other support facilities in support of enterprise information technology equipment. Purchaser must enter exempt percentage on Form ST3. See Revenue Notice 16-07: Sales Tax – Exemptions – Qualified Data Centers.

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