Sales Tax Exemption

Our sales tax exempt status in Illinois might be allowed in other states. If you are planning to travel to a another state and will likely have substantial purchases, please see below.  You may need to inquire of the Business Office if you need more information. Student Government groups are not allowed to use tax exempt status for club activities. 

See below for specific state information.  Please note only college related business can receive tax exempt status.

The following states do allow or do not allow our tax exempt status. Be sure to follow the instructions, if any, below. 
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Alaska: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

California: No, cannot apply sales tax exempt status, per Patty (888) 745-3886. Can only apply welfare exemption which LFC does not meet all criteria. 

Colorado: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Connecticut: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Florida: Yes, can apply sales tax exempt status. Must submit form DR-14. Expires 10/31/2015.

Hawaii: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Idaho: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Illinois: Yes. Must provide copy of our Sales Tax Exempt Form. Expires 5/1/15.

Iowa: No, cannot use sales tax exempt status; It is only allowed for organizations in Iowa or State Educational institutions outside of Iowa. 

Kansas: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Lousiana: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Massachusetts: Yes. LFC applied for and was approved September 2008. Must provide copy of Form ST-2 and ST-5 to merchants for sales tax exemption. Expires 3/24/2018. 

Michigan: Yes, can apply sales tax exempt status. Complete on demand. Must submit form 3372 to merchant (per merchant form). Blanket form is valid for four years from date of signature. Section 3 Basis of Exemption, can check “Nonprofit Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c )(3).

Minnesota: Yes, must complete form ST16. Tax exempt status is typically not allowed for meals and lodging. 


Mississippi: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Missouri: Yes, but must complete and have approved form 1746. Spoke to Rebecca at (573) 751-4450. Once approved, exemption will be granted for up to 3 years. Must complete new form 1746 to retain exempt status.

New Mexico: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

North Carolina: No. Cannot apply sales tax exempt status per Shiela at (877)-252-3052. 

North Dakota: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Ohio: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Oklahoma: Must file form 13-16-A Application for Sales Tax Exemption available on seventh page at: http://www.tax.ok.gov/btforms/PktE.pdf

Oregon: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Rhode Island: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

South Carolina: No, cannot use sales tax exempt status. South Carolina only allows outside tax exempt status for organizations doing fundraising activities. 

South Dakota: See South Dakota law 10-45-10 and South Dakota Administrative Rule 64:06:01:38 for info. Application for exemption required.

Tennessee: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Texas: Yes. Applied for and received exemption 11-12-08 for meals and travel only; lodging is not exempt from sales tax. Received Texas taxpayer # 32038317940. May be required to provide Texas Taxpayer Number and copy of form 01-339 (back) to merchant. Can obtain copies from Staff Assistant or Controller.

Washington: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

West Virginia: Yes. Form states Automatic exemption with 501’(c)’(3) tax exemption. To inquire of state when ready to request exemption.

Wisconsin: Yes, can apply sales tax exempt status. Must complete and submit form S-211 to seller along with a copy of our Illinois sales tax exemption. There is no expiration date for Wisconsin exemption.

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