Iowa Tax Exemptions for Museums

Monday, February 29th, 2016

A museum.

The Iowa Department of Revenue released a policy letter on sales and use tax exemptions for purchases by museums.

Iowa exempts goods purchased by a nonprofit museum for educational, scientific, historical preservation, or aesthetic purposes. A "museum" is an institution open to the public on a regular basis and devoted to the care and exhibition of a collection of objects. Staff must be available to answer questions about the collection. "Museums" include art galleries, historical museums, museums of natural history, and museums devoted to one particular subject or one person.

If the museum fits this definition, it may use the exemption. The exemption only applies to purchases a museum uses to fulfill its exempt functions. As a result, a museum can make exempt purchases for purposes of historic preservation, education, science, or aesthetic.

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