North Carolina Changes How Tax Applies to Repair, Maintenance, and Installation Services

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

 
 
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Effective January 1, 2017, North Carolina taxes repair, maintenance, and installation services regardless of who performs them. The state will exempt some services and will not tax construction jobs that fit the definition of "real property contracts."

In March of 2016, North Carolina began to tax repair, maintenance, and installation services. At that time, tax applied to these services when they were performed by businesses that made a majority of their revenue from retail sales. Beginning January 1, 2017, the state will tax these services regardless of who performs them.

"Repair, maintenance, and installation" include many different services. Generally, tax will apply to any service that involves fixing things, cleaning things, putting things into position, or keeping things from breaking. However, the new law exempts some services, including the following:

  • Cleaning real property
  • Altering or repairing clothing
  • Pest control
  • Towing vehicles
  • Landscaping
  • Services performed on parking lots, roads, and driveways
  • Services performed on items that were purchased exempt from North Carolina sales tax

In addition, the tax does not apply to construction jobs that qualify as real property contracts. "Real property contracts" are new construction or remodeling jobs that involve permanently attaching things to real property. Services that are not taxable because they qualify as real property contracts include these:

  • Construction that requires a permit under the state building code
  • Installing underground utilities
  • Installing multiple items of capital equipment that cannot be removed without causing damage
  • Installing roofing, septic tanks, plumbing, electrical, commercial refrigeration, irrigation, sprinkler systems, or other similar systems
  • Installing heating or air conditioning units or systems

Note that a single installation service does not qualify as a real property contract. For this reason, a single installation service is generally taxable.

http://www.dornc.com/practitioner/sales/directives/SD-16-3.pdf

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