Why Your Business Needs a Massachusetts Resale Certificate


Any business that sells goods within Massachusetts or online to customers located in Massachusetts is required to collect sales tax from the buyer. The Certificate gives you the right to collect tax on your taxable sales and to issue and accept most Massachusetts State sales tax exemption certificates. All businesses that collect sales tax in Massachusetts must pay taxes to the state, and are therefore required to file for a certificate, or may face a penalty.

Does my business require a Tax Resale Certificate?

You may need a Tax Resale Certificate if any of the following describe your business:

I do business online to customers located outside Massachusetts, do I still need to provide the state with my tax information?

Yes! Even if you do not charge sales tax to customers located outside of Massachusetts state, you must report the exempt tax sale to the State of Massachusetts.

My business resells items that I purchase through wholesale - if I’m not paying taxes on wholesale purchases, why is a Tax Resale Certificate required?

All legitimate wholesale companies in Massachusetts require a sales tax resale certificate for purchases, and should require a copy of your resale certificate before they sell to you at wholesale prices as a commercial retailer.

How do I know if the service my business offers is taxable?

Most services in Massachusetts are not taxable, but if your business sells a product with the service you provide, you will need to collect sales tax. For example, an accountant would not need to collect tax for their services, but a business that sells and installs car parts would need to collect sales taxes on the parts sold.

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