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New York: Wine for Wine Tastings is Sales Tax Exempt


 Exempt from New York sales tax.

Wine purchased by the average oenophile is subject to sales tax in New York and every other state with sales tax. And when a wine seller grabs a bottle from the back room and takes it home and drinks it, the wine seller owes use tax on that bottle. Wine purchased for resale is exempt, provided the buyer has the proper exemption or resale certificate.

But when wine or a wine product is “furnished by the official agent of a winery, farm winery, wholesaler, or importer at wine tastings held in accordance with section 80 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABCL),” it is exempt from New York sales tax.

The exemption applies to wine tastings conducted by licensed wineries, farm wineries, wholesalers and importers at their own premises. Wine tastings held at other locations are not exempt.

When wine tastings are offered on-site for a fee, that fee is also exempt from New York sales tax.

Interested in the fine print? Read New York State Department of Taxation and Finance TSB-M-14(9)S.

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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.