Reed Smith Client Alerts

Key takeaways

  • North Carolina recently revised its sales tax regulation on penalties for the misuse of resale exemption certificates
  • The language of the revised regulation seemed to suggest that penalties would be imposed on sellers for the “misuse” of resale exemption certificates
  • New guidance from North Carolina clarifies that the revised regulation will not be interpreted to impose penalties on sellers

In a prior client alert issued December 18, 2023, we reported that the North Carolina Department of Revenue (“Department”) amended its sales tax regulation regarding the use of resale exemption certificates (17 NCAC 07B.0106). The revised regulation states that “[t]he penalty for misuse of an exemption certificate applies to each seller identified by the Department from which the person made a taxable purchase….” Given that the prior version of the regulation stated that “[t]he penalty for misuse of a certificate of exemption is applicable only to a purchaser,” we noted the change in the language about the party to which the penalty “applies” and we reported in our prior client alert that the revised regulation suggests that penalties for the misuse of resale exemption certificates would apply to sellers.