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Connecticut and Diplomatic Exemptions


Connecticut has revised its policy statement regarding sales made to diplomatic representatives that are exempt from Connecticut sales and use taxes. The policy, PS 2011(4), “…reflects changes to the re-designed Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card that was first issued in June 2011."

There are two classes of cards: “one for personal purchases by qualified diplomatic personnel, and one for official purchases only by a qualified diplomatic mission.” The personal tax exemption card “…bears the photograph and identification of a duly accredited consulate or embassy employee,” and only the bearer whose picture is on the card may use it. Mission tax exemption cards also bears the photograph of the user who is an embassy employee with official purchasing privileges.

Previous cards had blue/yellow stripes, but are now replaced with images of an owl, eagle, buffalo and deer. The animal images “…provide retailers with a visual cue of the general level of tax exemption privileges” of the holder.

Mission tax exemption cards bear images of the owl or buffalo. Personal tax exemption cards use the eagle or deer.

More information can be found at: http://www.state.gov/ofm/tax/.

The Department of State has provided an online verification of the validity of a Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card at: https://ofmapps.state.gov/tecv.


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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”