MN Sales Tax Exemption - Step 3

Step 3 - Provide your new MN Tax ID Number to EACH store where you want to claim this exemption

OK, you're almost done! The last step is to provide your MN Tax ID Number along with your signature to EACH store where you want to claim this exemption. Each store may receive this information from you differently. Like us, many, if not most, will require a completed Form ST3. It is required that you list on this form the name of the store where you will be making your purchase. Therefore, this form will be different for each store. We've filled in our store information for you in the form linked below.

Form "ST3, Certificate of Exemption" (Print to complete by hand, or download to use fillable fields in this pdf form). Below are suggested ways homeschoolers (vs. other non-profit organizations) should complete this form. These suggestions were confirmed with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Sales and Use Tax Division. Please contact them if you have any questions about how to complete this form.

Please read these suggestions carefully before completing this form.

Please note: DO NOT check either of the first two boxes at the top of this form, i.e., those labeled "Check if this certificate…" and "If you are a contractor…". Similarly, leave blank "Exempt entity name" and "Project description".

Instead, begin filling out this form in the "Name of Purchaser" field, leaving everything above blank.

When completing this ST3 form, please fill in your information BELOW each field title. For example, the name of your homeschool (e.g., "Johnson Homeschool") should be written BELOW the field title "Name of Purchaser" and not on the line above this text. Similarly, enter your information BELOW the field titles "Business Address", "City", "State", "Zip code", "Purchaser’s Tax ID Number", and "State of Issue", and not on the line above these texts.

  "Name of Purchaser" - Enter the same name of your "organization" listed in the approval letter you received from the MN Department of Revenue. This will be the name you created for your homeschool (e.g., "Johnson Homeschool") and NOT your personal name(s).

"Business Address" - Enter the same address for your “organization” listed in the approval letter you received from the MN Department of Revenue. This will typically be your home address. Be sure to include city, state and zip code.

"Purchaser's Tax ID Number" - Enter the MN Tax ID number listed in the approval letter you received from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Please note: Be sure to enter "MN" in the "State of Issue" field.

Leave the "FEIN" and "Driver’s license" fields blank. These are not required when you provide your MN Tax ID Number.

"Seller’s" information - We’ve completed these fields for you in the linked form.

"Type of Business" - Check box #17, "Nonprofit Organization". (We've done this for you in the linked form.)

"Reason for Exemption" - Check box "F", "Educational organization #". (We've done this for you in the linked form.)
Please note: If you are a homeschooler who was previously approved and received an "ES" tax exempt number, you should enter this number here. Otherwise, this "Educational organization #" field should be left blank.

Be sure to sign and date the form at the bottom using the same title you defined in Form ST16 of Step 1, usually "Parent" or "Teacher".

Finally, deliver this completed ST3 Form to us either in person or by mailing it to us at:
  Heppner's Legacy Homeschool Resources
369 Jackson Avenue NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1803

IMPORTANT: If you currently have an on-line account on our website, or if you later create an on-line account on our website, please wait a couple of days for us to update this account to make it tax exempt before making a purchase. We will notify you via e-mail when this has been completed. If you make a purchase before receiving this e-mail, non-refundable MN Sales Taxes will be added to your on-line purchase.

Once we receive your completed ST3 Form, we will set things up in our systems, both in-store and in your on-line account with Heppner's Legacy Homeschool Resources, so we never charge you MN Sales Taxes again, unless you ask us to do so (e.g., when purchasing something which will not be used in your homeschool). However, here is an important note which we received from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Sales and Use Tax Division:

  Exemption certificates do not expire unless the information on the certificate changes. We recommend updating exemption certificates every three or four years. A purchaser may provide a blanket certificate to a vendor for all purchases. Also, applications for nonprofit exempt status from Minnesota sales and use tax for homeschools are approved based on current facts and circumstances regarding each organization and laws in effect at the time of approval. Different circumstances, statutory changes, or subsequent court decisions could affect organizations' nonprofit exempt status. Homeschools must contact us if their character or method of operation changes so we can consider the effect of the change on their status. Also, homeschools must inform us of all changes in their legal name or address.

Please note: If, after you have been setup in our systems to be exempt from MN Sales Taxes, you need to purchase something for anything other than your homeschool educational purposes, please contact us so we can be sure to add the appropriate MN Sales Taxes for that purchase only.

Please note: If you cease homeschooling, please contact us so we can update your in-store and on-line account records accordingly.

As you may have heard us say, "We are here to help!" Therefore, we hope you have found this information helpful and useful.

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