Any business that sells goods or taxable services within the state of Maine to customers located in Maine is required to collect sales tax from that buyer. This will include all online businesses. Any seller which conducts business and has a major presence within the state must collect sales tax in Maine must pay taxes to the state. Therefore, these sellers required to file for a Sales tax certificate. By not doing so the business may face sanctions or other types of penalties. Additionally, depending on the businesses location and tax jurisdiction, localities such as counties, cities, and other districts can also add additional sales and use taxes.
You may need a Sales Tax Certificate if any of the following apply your business:
The majority of service businesses are not taxable in Maine. The exceptions would be service business that manufactures or fabricates a product.
As a wholesale company conducting business in the state of Maine, you are required to have a sales tax certificate when purchasing items at wholesale prices, Therefore, suppliers must request a copy of your resale certificate before selling you items at wholesale prices.
Shipping and handling charges are generally not taxable if you separate it from the purchase price of the item being sold on the invoice.
A drop shipment is where a seller (most times out of state) sells a product which is then delivered to a consumer by a third-party shipper. In most instances, drop shipments in Maine are required to have sales tax added
Certain specific Medical equipment, raw materials and machinery, perishable staple foods ( Milk, Bread, eggs, etc. ) and certain prescription medicines are tax exempt