Purchase Textbooks Tax Free For Upcoming Semester

textbooks tax breakThe New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminds students that they get a tax break when they buy required or recommended college textbooks for their courses. The textbooks can be purchased from any bookstore, including college or university bookstores, retail bookstores, by mail order or online.

For a purchase to be exempt from sales tax:

• The textbook must be purchased by a full- or part-time student who is enrolled at an institution of higher education and be for use in his or her course;
• The textbook must be required or recommended for the student’s course, either by the instructor or by the institution;
• The student must provide a valid student identification card or other evidence of enrollment at the time of purchase; and
• The vendor must have a list of eligible textbooks or receive a properly completed Form ST-121.4, Textbook Exemption Certificate, from the student.

“Many students buy the textbooks they need over the Internet,” said New York State Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “If you’re charged sales tax, the seller may have a procedure in place to claim a refund directly from them; if not, we can issue the refund if you send us the proper documentation.”

If you’re incorrectly charged sales tax on your textbook purchase:

• Submit Form AU-11, “Application for Credit or Refund of Sales or Use Tax,” and supporting documentation such as a sales receipt, to the NYS Tax Department; and
• Include your student ID and class syllabus or applicable tax exemption documentation.

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Anton Media Staff
In addition to its arts and entertainment publication Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group publishes 16 community newspapers, several magazines, specialty publications and websites. With brands dating back to 1877, Anton has a commitment to deliver trusted and relevant content to the communities it serves.

Leave a Reply




Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common...

Inside Vessel, New York City’s Interactive Landmark

The Vessel provides great sights of the Hudson River.

New York Universities Postpone Fall Sports

It remains to be seen if a return to fall sports will be feasible at all during the school calendar year.

Islanders Add Senior Sponsorship Executives As Club Ramps Up For UBS Arena

The New York Islanders have named Bryan Calka as Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Tom Cerasoli as Senior Vice President of Partnership Activation....

Diversity And Long Island Schools: A Tale As Old As Time

We as parents, allies and educators can no longer afford to sit back and become complacent in the face of these increasing glaring inequalities.

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.