Tax Exemption for Non-Profits

We collect sales tax for customers located in Florida. If you are a tax exempt organization, you must provide your certificate and pay with a check or credit card with a name that matches your certificate. When you place your order, the name you provide must match what is on your certificate.

The State of Florida has specific rules regarding sales tax. For your benefit, we have included much of it here:

Tax Exemption for Non-Profits

In order to qualify for Florida sales tax exempt status you must:

  1. Provide us with a copy of the Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption that is not expired and contains the Exact Name of your organization before you place your order. You may not submit a certificate that is out of date or has a different name on it. For example, PTA can not use a school certificate or a Troop can not use a church certificate. See the DR-14 and Note 1 below for details

  2. Payment must be made by check or credit card that has the EXACT name of the organization as listed on the Consumer's Certificate of Exemption. Cash, personal check, or credit card, or a check with a different name is not permitted. The Address must also match the certificate. See your copy DR-14 and Note 1 below

  3. Questions on qualified uses of DR-14 certificate should be directed to Florida Dept of Revenue, Taxpayer Services at 1-800-352-3671. We deal with them often and have found them helpful and informative.

NOTE 1. Florida Statute 12A-1.038 (3) (a) Purchases of property, admissions, or services used for the entity's authorized tax exempt purposes must be made with the purchasing entity's funds and may not be made with personal funds of the purchasing entity's authorized representative.

12A-1.038 Consumer's Certificate of Exemption; Exemption Certificates. Edited for clarity

(1) It is the specific legislative intent that each and every sale, admission, use, storage, consumption, or rental is taxable, unless such sale, admission, use, storage, consumption, or rental is specifically exempt.

  1. To obtain a Consumer's Certificate of Exemption, the organization must file an Application for a Consumer's Certificate of Exemption (form DR-5, incorporated by reference in Rule 12A-1.097, F.A.C.) and documentation sufficient to substantiate the applicant's claim for exemption with the Department. The Department will issue a Consumer's Certificate of Exemption (form DR-14) to each applicant qualifying for exemption under s. 212.08(6) or (7), F.S., or s. 213.12(2), F.S.

(3) (a) Purchases of property, admissions, or services used for the entity's authorized tax exempt purposes must be made with the purchasing entity's funds and may not be made with personal funds of the purchasing entity's authorized representative.

(b) To make purchases or rentals for the purposes of resale, the entity must be registered as a sales tax dealer and issue the selling dealer an Annual Resale Certificate (form DR- 13), as provided in Rule 12A-1.039, F.A.C.

(c) It is the exempt entity's responsibility to determine whether the purchase or rental will be used for its authorized tax exempt purpose or for the purposes of resale and to provide the proper documentation to the selling dealer.

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