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Wisconsin Updates Sales Tax Info for Veterinarians


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The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has recently updated its bulletin on sales tax and veterinary businesses.

The updates reflect changes made to the Wisconsin tax code when the state passed the Main Street Equity Act in 2009 to conform to the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA). The revised bulletin addresses sales and use tax on items including micro-chipping services, animal tattooing and animal foods formulated as drugs.

Veterinarians must pay sales tax on items used in animal micro-chipping services and tattooing only when the procedures involve the administration of anesthesia. Otherwise the purchases are exempt.

The bulletin specifies that veterinarians must also pay sales tax on any foods ". . . that are specifically formulated for use in the diagnoses, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals."

Finally, the bulletin provides guidance on when sales tax applies to the purchase and sale of drugs and syringes (see pp. 13-14).

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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Will Frei
Avalara Author Will Frei
Will Frei covers sales tax news including best practices, legislation and sales tax technology. He is the Social Media Manager at Avalara.