Are Shipping and Handling Charges Subject to Sales and Use Tax

When a seller charges a purchaser for the delivery of taxable tangible personal property, the seller’s total charge, including any transportation and service charges, is subject to the sales or use tax. The tax treatment does not change whether the delivery is made by the seller’s vehicle, a common or contract carrier, or the United States Postal Service.

If a shipment contains both taxable and nontaxable property, the seller must make a reasonable allocation of the shipping charges attributable to the taxable and nontaxable property. The portion attributable to the nontaxable property is not subject to tax. If no allocation is made, the entire shipping charge is taxable.

February 6, 2018