In general, this varies from state to state, and depends on whether the delivery crosses from one state to another. Specifically, there is no separate sales tax for delivery in Idaho:
Two (2) kinds of services rendered incidental to a retail
sale are specifically exempt from tax if the charge for the service is separately stated. They are:
Charges for transportation after the sale. See Section 63-3613, Idaho Code, and Rule 061 of these rules; and
Installation charges. See Section 63-3613, Idaho Code, and Rule 012 of these rules
Unless the price of the item is unreasonable in an attempt to avoid sales tax:
Use of Transportation Charges as a Means of Avoiding Sales Tax.
Seller offers to give away merchandise worth approximately twenty dollars ($20) if the purchaser pays shipping of nineteen dollars and ninety-five cents ($19.95). The entire price of nineteen dollars and ninety-five cents ($19. 95) is subject to sales or use tax.
Idaho is among the states that has what is called a resale exemption. This depends on a few factors:
The most common exemption is a resale exemption. Goods purchased to be resold in the same form in which they are purchased qualify for a resale exemption (which removes the requirement to pay sales tax) assuming that the reseller is licensed and can provide a resale certificate (for the ship-to state). When that reseller later sells the goods, they are required to collect sales tax on the full selling price of the product. Once a seller has registered to collect sales tax, and has received a sales tax registration number, that number can be used to complete a resale certificate which can then be provided to suppliers. States that allow for resale exemptions either accept a state issued resale certificate or, in some cases, a multi-state certificate. Multi-State Sales Tax Exemption Certificates can be accessed at MTC . Many states also allow "blanket" resale certificates for wholesalers who deal largely in resale transactions, often to regular clients who may make numerous and/or repeat purchases throughout the year. Basically a blanket certificate is a document kept on file which applies to multiple purchases from a single customer. Resellers must however be aware that there are certain limitations associated with the use of resale certificates:
- A business which is registered for sales and use tax can use a resale certificate only when the merchandise being purchased is to be resold by the business.
- A business cannot use a resale certificate to purchase merchandise if that merchandise is used or consumed by the purchaser in any manner without being resold. If you purchase items for resale (and the supplier did not charge you sales tax), and then later consume those items or use in providing a service, as the end consumer you owe tax on that purchase. In this situation, the tax would be submitted as use tax.
- A resale certificate may not be signed by a purchaser who does not know at the time of purchase whether the item will be resold or used for some other purpose.