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I am a general contractor in Michigan. I have a contract with

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I am a general contractor in Michigan. I have a contract with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Roudebush, IN. We are doing construction to their building. Our subcontractor is doing the HVAC which amounts to quite a bit of sales tax. I and they believe we are tax exempt because the project should be exempt due to it being a US Government agency. The VA in Indiana will not give us a tax exempt certificate, they say they "just don't give them out" so my subcontractor is asking me to fill out a Form ST105 and provide it to them for the tax audit. Is this correct ? I do not want to be held liable for taxes if this is incorrect.
FYI -We do work all over the country and have received tax exemption certificates from other VA's for similar work. I do not understand why and cannot get a clear answer as to why the VA in Indianapolis will not give us a tax exempt certificate.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

NPVAdvisor :

Hi,

NPVAdvisor :

NO this is just the process that Indiana has for getting the certificate

NPVAdvisor :

Registered Indiana retailers and out-of-state businesses may both use a form ST-105 to certify that a purchase of tangible personal property is exempt from collection of state sales tax.

NPVAdvisor :

I believe it's on option 8 of the form that you state that this is exempt for purposes of a federal government agency

NPVAdvisor :

Yes, in section 3 of the form (toward the bottom, you'll check the box that says, "Sales to the United States Federal Government - show agency name.


Note: A U.S. Government agency should enter its Federal Identification Number (FID#) in Section #1 in lieu of a State ID#."

NPVAdvisor :

This has nothing to do with a tax audit. This is just the way VA does it in IN, as per Indiana state law

NPVAdvisor :

Hope this helps

NPVAdvisor :

Lane

NPVAdvisor :

(let me know if you have questions)

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


The contracting officer says the VA Medical Center does not give out its FID #. Should I try traveling up the chain (this will risk upsetting my contracting officer for future jobs) ? Or is this legal ? Can I input my Federal Tax ID # ?

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

That's really strange.

I think I would try (1) going up the line, using the form as an example (where it says specifically the the federal agency should use it's I'd rather than a state ID

I have to finish up a meeting here, but if you would, give me the name of that specific institution and I'll see if I can't find it in a database .... It's a govt agency. Probably not really a private issue anyway

Check back in a couple of hours, if you would.

Lane
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Thank you Lane. The agency is Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Roudebush, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.
Great! Just walked into a meeting check back in a couple of hrs if you would.

Hope that's ok

Lane
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Got it!

THe Dept of Veterans affairs FEIN is 741612229

Retrieved from: www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/programs/css/fa_ms_contact_information.pdf

... Which was retrieved from the department of Health and human services site: http://www.hhs.gov/


Also, here's an article on finding Government agencies Federal Tax ID's: http://www.ehow.com/how_6589478_tax-id-federal-agencies.html


Now just fill in the form, and remember ...

" in section 3 of the form (toward the bottom, you'll check the box that says, "Sales to the United States Federal Government - show agency name.


Note: A U.S. Government agency should enter its Federal Identification Number (FID#) in Section #1 in lieu of a State ID#."

 

 

Hope this helps

 

Lane

 

Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Thank you so much ! So in Section 1 under name of purchaser is it the agency name (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) ? Or my name as the general contractor ? I understand I use the agency FID.

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Sorry, had to go look at the form.

Line 1 is for your name (the entity actually buying the materials (for further sale to the federal government)

here's a fill-in pdf copy of the form if you don't already have one: ST-105

Lane

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Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I will do. Thank you for your help !

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