The State of Maine does not provide a blanket sales and use tax exemption for nonprofit organizations that have been granted a federal tax exemption, known as 501(c) organizations.
The Sales and Use Tax Law provides specific exemptions for a number of different kinds of organizations and institutions, such as hospitals, schools, churches and libraries, etc. Entities that fall into one of the categories of organizations that qualify for an exemption must submit an application to Maine Revenue Services and provide the information and documents specified in the application. The requirements for exempt status vary depending on the particular exemption being applied for.
You can apply for a Maine Sales Tax Exemption in the Maine Tax Portal by clicking here, navigate to the Business panel, and selecting the Exemptions link.
Review the list below to determine if there is an exemption provided for your organization. Click on the organization for which you may qualify to review the statutory requirements that have to be met. This should appear near the top of the page. Each type of organization has a different application form. Click on the application number next to the type of organization to download an application form. Return the completed application with all additional requested documentation or information to Maine Revenue Service, P.O. Box 1060, Augusta, ME 04332-1060. For assistance, you may call (207) 624-9693.
Medical - Healthcare
|Agencies of Government||APP-108 (PDF)|
|Community Action Agencies||APP-133 (PDF)|
|Fire Departments||APP-119 (PDF)|
|Regional Planning Commissions and Councils of Government||APP-155 (PDF)|
Religious Affiliated Exempt Organizations
|Church Affiliated Residential Housing for Adults||APP-138 (PDF)|
|Monasteries and Convents||APP-102 (PDF)|
Other Nonprofit Incorporated Agencies
View statutory language for all Exempt Organizations
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