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Article of Interest: Is it Time to Renew Your Tax Exemption Certificate in Maryland?

The following article is from the Maryland State Comptroller’s Website:

In May 2017, the Comptroller’s Office will mail notice of the upcoming renewal period and instructions to all nonprofit organizations holding a valid Maryland sales and use tax exemption certificate with a September 30, 2017 expiration date. The due date for returning the completed application is August 1, 2017.  Certificates are renewed every five (5) years.

If your organization does not receive a Renewal Notice by June 15, 2017, you may contact Taxpayer Service for more information by phone at 410-260-7980 or toll-free 1-800-638-2937 from elsewhere in Maryland, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

It is not necessary to renew exemption certificates issued to government agencies since those certificates do not expire.

Completing the renewal application

The renewal application will be an online web application.  The online web application will be available at the end of May 2017 and may be found on this page:

Maryland State Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate Renewal Application Website

When completing the application, you will be asked to acknowledge the exempt status of your nonprofit organization and indicate any changes that would affect its exempt status.  The application must be signed by an officer of the organization.  An Authorized Officer is a person formally empowered by a business entity to conduct business on its behalf, or a person who can act in an official capacity on behalf of the organization, such as an executive director, CEO, CFO, COO, president, secretary, treasurer, deacon, elder, pastor or any other officer specified by the rules of operation, Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.

You must have the following information before you can renew your organization’s Maryland Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Maryland Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate Renewal Notice mailed to organization

If the name of the organization has changed, you must upload a copy of the amended articles of incorporation. You must also upload documentation from the IRS if there has been a change in your organization’s FEIN.

All organizations are urged to submit the renewal through the application online.  If you are unable to complete the online web application, you may contact Taxpayer Service at 410-260-7980 or 1-800-MD-TAXES for a paper application.  You may also send an email to taxhelp@comp.state.md.us for assistance. Although paper submissions are accepted, the processing time will be delayed because all paper applications must be manually reviewed.


SPOKESP_Susan_Keller_BWWith more than 20 years’ experience providing complex tax compliance and planning services for various not-for-profit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region, Susan P. Keller, CPA, is a lead tax director in Ellin & Tucker’s Not-for-Profit Services Group.  Susan’s exceptional grasp of the industry positions her to offer substantial expertise, insight and consultation on any tax-related topic for tax exempt organizations. In addition to her work with not-for-profit organizations, Susan also specializes in providing tax and consulting services to high net worth individuals, their families and related entities.  Susan may be reached by email at skeller@ellinandtucker.com or by phone at 410.727.5735.

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