Utah: Sales Tax Handbook
What purchases are taxable in Utah?
The taxability of various transactions (like services and shipping) can vary from state to state, as do policies on subjects such as whether excise taxes or installation fees included in the purchase price are also subject sales tax. This reference is here to help answer your questions about what is and is not subject to the Utah sales tax.
Contents1.) Taxability of Goods and Services
- General Utah taxability guidelines
- Are services subject to sales tax?
- Is shipping & handling subject to sales tax?
- Are drop shipped items taxable?
Section 1: Taxability of Goods and Services
What transactions are generally subject to sales tax in Utah?
In the state of Utah, sales tax is legally required to be collected from all tangible, physical products being sold to a consumer. Some examples of items that are exempt from Utah sales tax are prescription medications, items used in agricultural processes,fuels, medical equipment, or items used in manufacturing.
This means that an individual in the state of Utah purchases school supplies and books for their children would be required to pay sales tax, but an individual who purchases medical equipment may not be required to charge sales tax.
Are services subject to sales tax in Utah?
The state of Utah does not usually collect sales taxes on the vast majority of services performed. However, there are some services which are taxed, for example services which include repairs, renovations, or installation, laundry services or dry cleaning services.
This means that a web designer would not be required to collect sales tax, while the owner of a dry cleaning company might be required to collect sales tax.
You can find a table describing the taxability of common types of services later on this page.Top
Are shipping & handling subject to sales tax in Utah?
In the state of Utah, the laws regarding tax on shipping and handling costs are relatively simple. Essentially, shipping and handling charges are stated seperately on the invoice, then the shipping charge is not considered to be taxable. If the charges are not stated seperately, they are not considered to be taxable.Top
Are drop shipments subject to sales tax in Utah?
"Drop shipping" refers to the common business practice in which a vendor, often in a different state, makes a sale of a product which is shipped to the end-user by a third party supplier hired by the initial vendor. In Utah, drop shipments are generally subject to state sales taxes.
Section 2: Taxability of Various Items in Utah
This table shows the taxability of various goods and services in Utah. If you are interested in the sales tax on vehicle sales, see the car sales tax page instead. Scroll to view the full table, and click any category for more details.
|Products on Amazon.com||EXEMPT|
|Food and Meals|
|Grocery Food||TAXABLE *|
|Leases and Rentals|
|Motor Vehicles||TAXABLE *|
|Tangible Media Property||TAXABLE|
|Manufacturing and Machinery|
|Utilities & Fuel||EXEMPT|
|Medical Goods and Services|
|Medical Devices||EXEMPT *|
|Newspapers and Magazines|
|General Occasional Sales||EXEMPT *|
|Optional Maintenance Contracts|
|General Optional Maintenance Contracts||TAXABLE|
|Parts Purchased for Use in Performing Service Under Optional Maintenance Contracts||EXEMPT|
|Pollution Control Equipment|
|General Pollution Control Equipment||TAXABLE *|
|Janitorial Services||EXEMPT *|
|Transportation Services||TAXABLE *|
|Software and Digital Products|
|Canned Software - Delivered on Tangible Media||TAXABLE|
|Canned Software - Downloaded||TAXABLE|
|Custom Software - Delivered on Tangible Media||EXEMPT|
|Custom Software - Downloaded||EXEMPT|
|Customization of Canned Software||TAXABLE *|
|Vending Machine Sales|
* See notes in category taxability page for details
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