Here in N.Y we are required to collect sales tax for all service work except for capital improvements (form required). I'm just curious if it is the same way for all states, do all you guys collect sales tax on every service call or non-capital improvement type work? What about commercial and industrial service calls?
Here in NJ it's pretty much the same. Repairs and maintenance are taxable and capital improvements are not. Yes, we have a form called "ST-8" which the customer is suppose to sign, but most panic and have to call their accountant before signing it. We, as contractors, have to pay sales tax on materials in NJ. If we itemize our repair bill we only have to tax the customer for the labor....technically speaking that is. Andy
Hey, there is somebody out there! I didn't think about that IRS thing, just dense I guess. Was really only curious about actual tax laws related to different states and service type work. So it seems to me that in most cases, the material is already taxed when I buy it from supply house so I just tax the labor. I guess I'm still a little confused and wonder if I'm doing it wrong, accountant is not much help and always in a hurry so I guess I need to educate myself.
Bill, Ok, so you would have to claim credit and basically you would be keeping the tax you collected from the customer because the tax for the materials was already paid by contractor. So this would be done quarterly?
Re: sales tax#156160 04/01/0512:02 AM04/01/0512:02 AM
When you file the NYS Sales Tax form you report the $400.00 as a Taxable sale which gets multiplied by the tax rate (8.75%) and comes up with $35.00 that you tentatively owe to NYS in sales tax. You then put the $8.75 that you paid the supplier as a credit (for sales tax already paid) on the form and it gets subtracted from the $35.00. BTW, you have to attach a separate note explaining that the credit in Box #?? is for sales tax already paid on materials used in taxable sales.
So, $35.00 - $8.75 = $26.25 owed to NYS. You get a small credit for performing the sales tax collection service, so the amount you send them would be slightly less.