Form ST-7 "Farmer's Exemption Certificate" - New Jersey

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ST-7 (03-17)
State of New Jersey
DIVISION OF TAXATION
Purchaser’s New Jersey
Eligible Nonregistered Purchaser
Tax Registration Number*
(See Instructions)
SALES TAX
FORM ST-7
FARMER’S EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE
To be completed by purchaser and given to and retained by seller.
The seller must collect the tax on a sale of taxable property or services unless
the purchaser gives him a fully completed New Jersey exemption certificate.
TO _______________________________________________________________________ Date _______________________________
(Name of Seller
Check applicable box:
_______________________________________________________________________
¨ Single Purchase Certificate
(Address)
¨ Blanket Certificate
_______________________________________________________________________
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
The purchaser certifies that it is exempt from payment of the Sales and Use Tax on purchases to be made from
the seller because the property or service is to be used for an exempt purpose described in N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.16
of the Sales and Use Tax Act as follows:
“Sales of tangible personal property and production and conservation services to a farmer for use and
consumption directly and primarily in the production, handling and preservation for sale of agricultural or
horticultural commodities at the farming enterprise of that farmer.”
Description of agricultural or horticultural commodities produced at the purchaser’s farmer enterprise:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Description of tangible personal property or service purchased:
_______________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
(Name of individual, partnership, association, or corporation)*
_______________________________________________________________________
(Business address)*
_____________________________________________________________________
By
(Signature of individual farm owner, partner, officer of corporation or other qualified representative)*
INSTRUCTIONS
This certificate must be presented to a seller when making an exempt purchase. The farmer’s exemption does not apply
to purchases which will not be used directly and primarily in farm production. The purchases of automobiles, certain other
motor vehicles, natural gas, electricity and any materials used to build a building or structure (except silos, greenhouses, grain
bins and manure handling facilities) are taxable regardless of the intended use on a farm or by a farmer.
MAY BE REPRODUCED
*Required
(Front & Back Required)
ST-7 (03-17)
State of New Jersey
DIVISION OF TAXATION
Purchaser’s New Jersey
Eligible Nonregistered Purchaser
Tax Registration Number*
(See Instructions)
SALES TAX
FORM ST-7
FARMER’S EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE
To be completed by purchaser and given to and retained by seller.
The seller must collect the tax on a sale of taxable property or services unless
the purchaser gives him a fully completed New Jersey exemption certificate.
TO _______________________________________________________________________ Date _______________________________
(Name of Seller
Check applicable box:
_______________________________________________________________________
¨ Single Purchase Certificate
(Address)
¨ Blanket Certificate
_______________________________________________________________________
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
The purchaser certifies that it is exempt from payment of the Sales and Use Tax on purchases to be made from
the seller because the property or service is to be used for an exempt purpose described in N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.16
of the Sales and Use Tax Act as follows:
“Sales of tangible personal property and production and conservation services to a farmer for use and
consumption directly and primarily in the production, handling and preservation for sale of agricultural or
horticultural commodities at the farming enterprise of that farmer.”
Description of agricultural or horticultural commodities produced at the purchaser’s farmer enterprise:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Description of tangible personal property or service purchased:
_______________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
(Name of individual, partnership, association, or corporation)*
_______________________________________________________________________
(Business address)*
_____________________________________________________________________
By
(Signature of individual farm owner, partner, officer of corporation or other qualified representative)*
INSTRUCTIONS
This certificate must be presented to a seller when making an exempt purchase. The farmer’s exemption does not apply
to purchases which will not be used directly and primarily in farm production. The purchases of automobiles, certain other
motor vehicles, natural gas, electricity and any materials used to build a building or structure (except silos, greenhouses, grain
bins and manure handling facilities) are taxable regardless of the intended use on a farm or by a farmer.
MAY BE REPRODUCED
*Required
(Front & Back Required)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF FARMER’S EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE (ST-7)
1. Scope of Farmer’s Exemption -This certificate may be used only by businesses that are treated as “farming enterprises” under N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.16 of
the Sales and Use Tax Act. A “farming enterprise” means an enterprise using land to raise agricultural or horticultural commodities for sale. Farming
enterprises include, but are not limited to, enterprises producing dairy products, poultry, feed crops, fruit, vegetables, livestock, fur animals, timber,
ornamental plants, bees and apiary products.
Note:
For sales and use tax purposes, a “farming enterprise” does not include an enterprise that is primarily engaged in boarding or training horses or
in selling agricultural or horticultural products produced by others.
The farmer’s exemption applies only to sales of tangible personal property or services which will be used directly and primarily in agricultural or
horticultural production. It does not apply to sales of: motor vehicles, natural gas, electricity, or property to be used to construct a building or structure
(with the exception of silos, greenhouses, grain bins, or manure handling facilities).
Note:
When purchasing a truck or truck tractor with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 18,000 pounds which is registered with the New Jersey
Division of Motor Vehicles as a farm vehicle or a commercial over-the-road truck with a gross vehicle weight rating over 26,000 pounds which
is registered in New Jersey, the purchaser must use an Exempt Use Certificate (ST-4) rather than a Farmer’s Exemption Certificate. See N.J.S.A.
54:32B-8.43.
2. Registered sellers who accept fully completed exemption certificates within 90 days subsequent to the date of sale are relieved of
liability for the collection and payment of sales tax on the transactions covered by the exemption certificate. The following information
must be obtained from a purchaser in order for the exemption certificate to be fully completed:
Purchaser’s name and address;
Type of business;
Reasons(s) for exemption;
Purchaser’s New Jersey tax identification number or, for a purchaser that is not registered in New Jersey, the Federal employer
identification number or out-of-State registration number. Individual purchasers must include their driver’s license number;
If a paper exemption certificate is used (including fax), the signature of the purchaser.
The seller’s name and address are not required and are not considered when determining if an exemption certificate is fully completed. A
seller that enters data elements from paper into an electronic format is not required to retain the paper exemption certificate.
The seller may, therefore, accept this certificate as a basis for exempting sales to the signatory purchaser and is relieved of liability even
if it is determined that the purchaser improperly claimed the exemption. If it is determined that the purchaser improperly claimed an
exemption, the purchaser will be held liable for the nonpayment of the tax.
3. Retention of Certificates - Certificates must be retained by the seller for a period of not less than four years from the date of the last
sale covered by the certificate. Certificates must be in the physical possession of the seller and available for inspection.
4. Acceptance of an exemption certificate in an audit situation – On and after October 1, 2011, if the seller either has not obtained
an exemption certificate or the seller has obtained an incomplete exemption certificate, the seller has at least 120 days after the
Division’s request for substantiation of the claimed exemption to either:
1. Obtain a fully completed exemption certificate from the purchaser, taken in good faith, which,
in an audit situation, means that the seller obtain a certificate claiming an exemption that:
(a) was statutorily available on the date of the transaction, and
(b) could be applicable to the item being purchased, and
(c) is reasonable for the purchaser’s type of business; OR
2. Obtain other information establishing that the transaction was not subject to the tax.
If the seller obtains this information, the seller is relieved of any liability for the tax on the transaction unless it is discovered through
the audit process that the seller had knowledge or had reason to know at the time such information was provided that the information
relating to the exemption claimed was materially false or the seller otherwise knowingly participated in activity intended to purposefully
evade the tax that is properly due on the transaction. The burden is on the Division to establish that the seller had knowledge or had reason
to know at the time the information was provided that the information was materially false.
5. Blanket Certificates - A seller may permit a purchaser to file a blanket Farmer’s Exemption Certificate to cover future purchases of similar items of
tangible personal property. However, each subsequent sales slip or purchase invoice based on such blanket certificate must be clearly marked with the
purchaser’s name, address, and identification number.
6. Eligible Nonregistered Purchaser - If the purchaser is not required to be registered with the New Jersey Division of Taxation and does not have a New
Jersey Tax Registration Number, the purchaser is required to place either his Federal Identification Number or, if a sole proprietor, the last three digits of
his Social Security Number in the box at the top, right corner of the form marked “Eligible Nonregistered Purchaser.” Note: Any New Jersey farmer
who is not a sole proprietor, or who sells any goods or services subject to sales tax, or who is an employer, must be registered with the New Jersey
Division of Taxation and therefore cannot be an “eligible nonregistered purchaser”.
REPRODUCTION OF FARMER’S EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES:
Private reproduction of both sides of these certificates may be made without the prior permission of the Division of Taxation
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read publication S&U-6 (Sales Tax Exemption Administration) at
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/su6.pdf
DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM TO THE DIVISION OF TAXATION.
This form is to be completed by purchaser and given to and retained by seller.
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