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Maine Exemption for Commercial Fisherman and Farmers

  • Jun 19, 2014 | Gail Cole

 Lobster fishing in Maine.

Maine law provides for certain exemptions from sales tax for persons engaged in commercial fishing, commercial farming, or the operation of a commercial windjammer.

In order to make tax exempt purchases, the buyer must have a valid exemption card (issued by Maine Revenue Services, or MRS) and provide the seller with a “properly completed exemption affidavit to document and support treating any transaction as exempt.”

MRS reminds that current exemption cards will expire June 30, 2014. Current cardholders wishing to renew their exemption cards must reapply with MRS. New exemption cards will be valid until June 30, 2018.


Retailers must obtain updated sales tax exemption cards from all customers and keep them on hand. In addition, retailers are required to mark sales invoices as tax exempt.

How do you handle sales tax exemptions? Learn how to manage exemption certificates in the cloud.

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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.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.