New York Extends Exemption to Certain Medical Equipment, Services
- May 29, 2014 | Gail Cole
According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, when medical equipment and supplies are “primarily and customarily used for medical purposes” and are not “generally useful in the absence of illness, injury, or physical incapacity,” they should be exempt from sales tax.
Thus starting July 2014, the following items will qualify as exempt medical equipment when purchased and used for medical purposes:
- Bath chairs and seats;
- Bath safety grab bars, handles, and rails;
- Over-bed tables;
- Prefabricated wheelchair ramps; and
- Wheelchair trays.
The above items are not exempt from New York sales tax when purchased by paid providers of medical services that are not part of an approved sales tax exempt organization.
Sales of prosthetic aids are always exempt from sales tax, even when purchased by paid providers of medical services. Prosthetic aids are not generally useful in the absence of illness, injury, or physical incapacity.
The NY Tax Department has determined that power lift chairs will qualify as prosthetic aids, beginning July 1, 2014. Likewise, component or replacement parts for medical equipment and prosthetic aids will also be exempt from sales tax.
However, “component or replacement parts sold to doctors and other paid providers of medical services that are not an approved sales tax exempt organization” are taxable.
Services to medical equipment and prosthetic aids
Effective July 1, 2014, services of “installing, maintaining, servicing and repairing exempt medical equipment and component parts of medical equipment are exempt from sales tax.”
However, such services performed for doctors and other paid providers are taxable (unless the paid providers are part of an approved sales tax exempt organization).
Type of payment
The type of payment used (personal insurance, employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid or Medicare) does not impact the taxability of an item.
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