Nevada Sales Tax Exemptions / Tax Free Items Nevada: Sales Tax Handbook


What purchases are exempt from the Nevada sales tax?

While the Nevada sales tax of 4.6% applies to most transactions, there are certain items that may be exempt from taxation. This page discusses various sales tax exemptions in Nevada.

Sales Tax Exemptions in Nevada

In Nevada, certain items may be exempt from the sales tax to all consumers, not just tax-exempt purchasers.

Several examples of exemptions to the sales tax are certain types of machinery, most types of grocery products, prescription medication, and medical devices.

Many states have special, lowered sales tax rates for certain types of staple goods - such as groceries, clothing and medicines. Restaurant meals may also have a special sales tax rate. Here are the special category rates for Nevada:





Prepared Food


Prescription Drugs


OTC Drugs


These categories may have some further qualifications before the special rate applies, such as a price cap on clothing items. Groceries are generally defined as "unprepared food", while pre-prepared food may be subject to the restaurant food tax rate.

Candy and soda may be included or excluded from any preferential tax rate depending on whether or not the state considers them to be a "grocery":

Is candy taxable in Nevada? Candy IS considered a grocery in Nevada
Is soda taxable in Nevada? Soda IS considered a grocery in Nevada

Are services, shipping, installation, etc taxable in Nevada?

The taxability of transactions involving services, shipping, and installation of tangible goods can be slightly complicated with various laws applying to slightly different situations. To learn more about how these transactions, and other more complicated situations, are subject to the Nevada sales tax see the Nevada sales taxability FAQ page.

Other tax-exempt items in Nevada

This table lists a number of additional categories of goods and services that are exempt from Nevada's sales tax. For a list that also shows taxable items, see the list of taxable and nontaxable items in Nevada.

Category Exemption Status
Food and Meals
Grocery Food EXEMPT
Manufacturing and Machinery
Raw Materials EXEMPT
Medical Goods and Services
Medical Devices EXEMPT
Medical Services EXEMPT
Newspapers and Magazines
Newspapers EXEMPT *
Occasional Sales
General Occasional Sales EXEMPT
Optional Maintenance Contracts
General Optional Maintenance Contracts EXEMPT *
Pollution Control Equipment
General Pollution Control Equipment EXEMPT
Janitorial Services EXEMPT
Transportation Services EXEMPT
Software and Digital Products
Canned Software - Downloaded EXEMPT
Custom Software - Delivered on Tangible Media EXEMPT *
Custom Software - Downloaded EXEMPT
Digital Products EXEMPT
General Trade-Ins EXEMPT

* See notes in category taxability page for details

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