California Agrees with TTR; Purchases of Blood Containers Are Exempt From Tax

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


The California Board of Equalization (“BOE”) officially agreed to TTR's request to exempt blood containers without limitation. Previously, the BOE reasoned that blood containers were only exempt from tax when purchased by a blood bank. TTR presented clear and convincing evidence that this limitation was not contemplated by the California legislature or the plain language of the statute and related laws. After nearly a year of support and correspondence with the state, the BOE agreed with TTR's position that blood containers are exempt from tax, even when purchased by someone other than a blood bank.

TTR also presented a detailed listing of qualifying blood containers for the BOE's approval. While the BOE agreed to extend the exemption to non-blood bank taxpayers, the BOE did limit the number of qualifying blood containers. In support of the limitation, the BOE presented fiscal information estimated at the time the blood container exemption law was created.

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TTR has a website that companies subscribe to and use daily. This website provides a list of everything that can be bought or sold in the U.S. It provides simple answers to whether buying or selling these items is taxable (subject to a sales tax or other tax), and it provides all the legal authority to support these tax answers.

TTR likes to keep things simple and fun, which is why it has great people who provide help to clients on any support questions they have about transaction tax issues.

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