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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-932



Notice of Taxable and Exempt Property

[28 Pa.B. 2730]

   The Department of Revenue is hereby giving notice to the public, in accordance with the provisions of 61 Pa. Code §§ 52.1 and 58.1 (relating to purchases of medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment and prosthetic or therapeutic devices; and publication of the list of taxable and exempt tangible personal property) of additions, deletions and revisions to the list of taxable and exempt property under the sales and use tax provisions of the TRC published at 25 Pa.B. 1353 (April 8, 1995). Under §§ 52.1 and 58.1, this list is required to be published by notice at least once every 3 years. In addition, quarterly the Department will publish notice of any additions, deletions or revisions to the list.

   Copies of the Retailers' Information Booklet may be obtained by calling the 24-hour answering service numbers for forms ordering: in Pennsylvania 1 (800) 362-2050; outside Pennsylvania and within local Harrisburg area (717) 787-8094. TTD (717) 772-2252 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Index to Categories

Title Category No.
Books and Stationery    (1)
Business Supplies and Equipment   (2)
Clothing and Accessories   (3)
Cosmetics and Toilet Goods   (4)
Farming Supplies and Equipment   (5)
Flowers, Seeds, Fertilizers, etc.   (6)
Food and Beverages Sold From a Caterer or    Establishment Serving Ready-to-Eat Food  (7)
Food and Beverages Sold From Other than    a Caterer or Establishment Selling    Ready-to-Eat Food  (8)
Hair Goods and Notions   (9)
Hobby Supplies, Toys, Games, Radios,    Recorders, etc.(10)
Home Sewing, Millinery and Craft Supplies (11)
Household Goods and Supplies (12)
      A. Soaps and Detergents
      B. Cleaning and Polishing Preparations
      C. Paper Goods
      D. Wrapping Supplies
Infant Supplies (13)
Jewelry (14)
Luggage, Handbags, Carrying Bags,    Wallets, etc.(15)
Medicines, Drugs and Medical Supplies;    Prosthetic and Therapeutic Devices(16)
Miscellaneous (17)
Optical Goods (18)
Pets (19)
Religious Articles (20)
Restaurant Equipment and Supplies (21)
Shoes and Shoe Accessories (22)
Sporting Equipment, Clothing, Supplies    and Recreational Equipment(23)
Tobacco Products (24)
Utilities and Fuel (25)
Motor Vehicle, Lease and Rental 1/ (26)
Tires 1/ (26)
Vehicle Rental Tax (27)
1/ Public Transportation Assistance Fund Taxes and Fees

Listing of Taxable and Exempt Property


(1)  Books and Stationery

   Tax is imposed on books, stationery and stationery supplies, not including Bibles and religious publications sold by religious groups.

   T--Comic books
   T--Crossword, game books
   T--Greeting Cards
   T--Instruction books, for needle-craft, embroidery, knitting, etc.
NT--Mail order catalogues
NT--Newspapers of general circulation qualified to carry a legal advertisement
   T--Periodicals and magazines not purchased by subscription
NT--Periodicals and magazines purchased by subscription
   T--School supplies, except when sold directly to a school district or nonprofit educational institution
NT--Textbooks when sold by a school or an authorized book store
   T--Vending machines and equipment

(2)  Business Supplies And Equipment

   Generally, sales of business supplies and equipment used in construction, repair, etc., of real estate are taxable.    

   T--Amusement and record playing devices
   T--Building materials, supplies, and equipment used in construction, repair, etc., of real estate
   T--Business forms such as invoices, order books, etc.
   T--Cash register receipt paper
   T--Computer software, canned or customized
NT--Direct mail advertising materials, including calendars, matchbooks, etc.
   T--Display cases and merchandising equipment
NT--Dry ice, when sold for internal packaging with the sale of property to others
   T--Signs, circulars, show cards and posters
   T--Vending machines and equipment
NT--Wrapping supplies used in connection with the sale of products

(3)  Clothing And Accessories

   Generally, clothing is nontaxable except the following: (1)  Formal day or evening apparel; (2)  Articles made of real, imitation or synthetic fur where the fur is more than three times the value of the next most valuable component material; and (3)  Sporting goods and clothing normally worn or used when engaged in sports. (See Category 23.)

   T--Accessories and ornamental wear
NT--Belts and suspenders
   T--Bridal apparel and accessories
   T--Corsages and boutonnieres
   T--Costumes--Halloween, Christmas, etc.
NT--Dress shields
   T--Formal clothing
   T--Fur, articles made of fur on hide or pelt or any material imitative of fur and articles of which fur real, imitation or synthetic is the component material of chief value and fur trimmed articles if the value of fur is more than three times the value of the next most valuable component material. Felt, wool or fabric is not taxable unless it resembles fur on the hide.
NT--Garters and garter belts
   T--Gloves, baseball, golf, racquet, etc.
NT--Gloves, cloth, leather, kid
   T--Gloves, sheepskin, fur, rubber
NT--Gym suits
NT--Headwear and millinery, all types
NT--Hosiery, pantyhose and peds
NT--Leotards and tights
NT--Leather wearing apparel
NT--Neckwear, ties
   T--Prom dress
NT--Receiving blankets
NT--Repairing of wearing apparel
NT--Safety clothing
NT--Scarves, for headwear and neckwear
NT--Scout uniforms and camp clothes
   T--Sheepskin coats
NT--Stockings, including support-hose
NT--Work clothes, work uniforms
NT--Yard goods (to make clothing)

(4) Cosmetics and Toilet Goods    

   T--After shave creams, lotions, powders
   T--Atomizers containing perfume and other liquids
   T--Bath crystals
   T--Bath milks, oils, powders, salts, tablets, etc.
   T--Bay rum
   T--Bleach creams and lotions
   T--Bouquet liquids
   T--Breath sweeteners
   T--Bubble bath preparations
   T--Cocoa butter, if advertised or labeled for toilet purposes
   T--Compact refills
   T--Compacts containing rouge or powder
   T--Creams, protective (having cosmetic claims or use as skin creams, antiperspirants)
   T--Creams, cleansing, beauty or cold
   T--Cuticle softeners and removers
   T--Deodorants (even though having a medicinal or curative value, if advertised or labeled for use as a body deodorant)
   T--Deodorants (for use in closets, bureau drawers, etc., for imparting fragrance to clothing)
NT--Deodorants, colostomy
   T--Dusting powders
   T--Essences and extracts, perfume
   T--Eyebrow pencils
   T--Eyelash mascara and eyelash and brow dyes
   T--Eye shadows
   T--Face creams
   T--Face lotions, facial oils
   T--Face packs
   T--Face powders, in loose or cake and liquid form
   T--Floral essences
   T--Foundation makeup film
   T--Freckle removers
   T--Hair bleaches
   T--Hair conditioners and rinses
   T--Hair dyes, colorings and tints
   T--Hair lotions
   T--Hair oils
   T--Hair pomades (regardless of whether they are colored or scented)
   T--Hair removers
   T--Hair restoratives
   T--Hair straighteners
   T--Hair tints and rinses
   T--Hair tonics
   T--Hand creams
   T--Hand lotions
   T--Lavender water
   T--Lip ices and salves
   T--Lip pomade
   T--Lipsticks, lipstick refills
   T--Liquid lip color
   T--Lotions, cleansing and beauty
   T--Manicure preparations
   T--Mask preparations
   T--Massage creams
   T--Mustache wax
   T--Nail bleaches
   T--Nail enamels
   T--Nail enamel or polish removers
   T--Nail lacquers or removers
   T--Nail polishes, paste, powder, or liquid
   T--Perfume ingredient kits
   T--Perfume novelties, containing perfume
   T--Permanent waving creams, lotions, neutralizers and kits
   T--Powder bases (liquid and cream)
   T--Rouges, blush
   T--Sachets containing powder or aroma producing materials
   T--Scalp lotions, which are used or intended for use as a treatment for dry or oily hair
   T--Shaving preparations, creams, lotions, powders including medicated preparations
   T--Skin balms, bleaches, creams, fresheners, lotions, oils tonics or whiteners
   T--Sun allergy cream
   T--Sunburn preventives--suntan creams, lotions, oils, etc.
NT--Sunburn treatment, lotions or creams
   T--Talcum powder
   T--Tissue creams
   T--Toothbrush, electric
NT--Toothbrush, toothpaste, tooth cleansers, dental floss and replacement brushes for electric toothbrush
   T--Vanishing creams
   T--Water Piks
   T--Wave set, paste, powder or lotion
   T--Wrinkle removing and concealing preparations

(5)  Farming Supplies and Equipment

   The tax is not imposed upon the sale of property to a farmer to be used or consumed directly in the business of producing agricultural products. Home gardening is not considered ''farming''. See REV-1729, Farming Information, for additional information.

NT--Artificial breeding equipment and supplies
   T--Building supplies and materials used to build and repair barns, sheds, coops, etc.
NT--Cleansers and disinfectants used in cleaning milking equipment and to sterilize milk cans to prevent spoilage. (Property used for general farm cleaning and maintenance is taxable)
NT--Equipment used to extract a product from productive animals or from the soil, such as harvesters, combines, binders, forage blowers, milking equipment, egg collecting equipment, corn shuckers, threshers, manure handling equipment
NT--Equipment such as barn shovels, ensilage forks, wheelbarrows and feed carts
NT--Feed and feed additives for productive animals
NT--Fencing--portable when used directly for farm use
   T--Fencing, including gates, which become a permanent part of realty
NT--Fertilizer and chemical additives to be added to soil
   T--Fire prevention and safety equipment
NT--Fuel for use in heating poultry brooder and greenhouses
NT--Fumigation services upon agricultural commodities or containers used for agricultural commodities
   T--Greenhouses and mushroom houses (if permanently installed to the real estate)
NT--Grooming materials, equipment and supplies when necessary for the health of productive animals
NT--Harnesses used to control productive animals on the farm
NT--Livestock equipment to dispense chemicals, medicines and feed additives
NT--Livestock, feeding equipment such as tubs, buckets, cans, etc., feed scoops and portable watering devices
   T--Maintenance facilities including tools, machinery and equipment to maintain machinery, equipment or building property, such as chain hoists, tire spreaders, drills, sanders, lumber, nails, wrenches, brooms, welding equipment, paint brushes and sprayers
NT--Milk strainers and strainer discs and towels (dispensers to store and dispense the discs are taxable)
   T--Motor vehicles, if required to be licensed by the Dept. of Transportation
NT--Pest control services for agricultural purposes
NT--Property which becomes an ingredient or constituent of a farm product or is consumed by productive animals or plant growth, such as seeds, fertilizer, chemical additives, etc., and property such as seeders, planters, plows, harrows, cultivators, sprayers and similar equipment used to till soil, plant, seed and care for productive plants.
NT--Property used to handle, store or preserve farm products or productive animals on farm premises such as chemicals, grooming equipment (dehomers, debeakers, hoof trimmers, calf weaners, etc.)
   T--Property used to transport or convey the farm product after the final farming operation
   T--Refrigeration or cooling equipment used to store farm products
NT--Replacement parts such as tires, motors, belts, cutting edges, air filters, gears and similar replacement parts installed on exempt equipment. Motor fuels, lubricants, compressed air, distilled water, abrasives and similar supplies when used in operating exempt machinery are not taxable. Tools and equipment to apply parts and supplies are taxable.
   T--Water heater for cleaning dairy equipment and supplies
NT--Water pump for farm use
NT--Wrapping supplies and containers which are non- returnable to deliver self-produced farm products.

(6) Flowers, Seeds, Fertilizers, etc.

   The tax is imposed upon the sale of property which is purchased by persons not engaged in the business of farming.

   T--Fertilizer, sprays, insecticides
NT--Gardening supplies
   T--Seeds and bulbs
   T--Vegetable plants, flowers and trees
NT--Vegetable seeds, vegetable plants and fruit trees purchased with food stamps

(7) Food and Beverages Sold From a Caterer or Establishment Serving Ready-to-Eat Food

   Generally, tax is imposed on food and beverages, for consumption on or off the premises, or on a ''take-out'' or ''to go'' basis, or delivered to the purchaser or consumer, when purchased from a caterer or an eating establishment from which ready-to-eat foods and beverages are sold, such as a restaurant, cafe, lunch counter, private or social club, tavern, dining car, hotel, night club, fast food operation, honor box, pizzeria, fair, carnival, lunch cart, ice cream stand, snack bar, lunch truck, cafeteria, employee cafeteria, theatre, stadium, arena, amusement park, juice stand, carryout shop, coffee shop, popcorn stand, automat, vending machine and other establishments, whether mobile or immobile.

NT--Alcohol, malt or brewed beverages and wines. Tax is paid at time of purchase from a Liquor Control Board store or licensed malt beverage distributor.
NT--Candy and gum
   T--All food and beverages, in any quantity, including both food and beverages prepared on the premises and prepackaged food and beverages.
   T--Nonalcoholic beverages

(8) Food and Beverages Sold From Other than a Caterer or Establishment Selling Ready-to-Eat Food

NT--Bitters, grenadine and noncarbonated cocktail mixes
NT--Candy and gum
NT--Food, fruit drinks, soft drinks and sandwiches purchased with food stamps
NT--Food supplements such as vitamins and therapeutic nutritional supplements
NT--Fruit drinks, noncarbonated or reconstituted, containing at least 25% natural fruit juice
   T--Fruit drinks, noncarbonated or reconstituted, containing less than 25% natural fruit juice
   T--Nonalcoholic beverages
   T--Soft drinks, bottled and nonbottled (including soft drink mixes and powder, liquid or tablet form)
NT--Tea, all forms including liquid and powdered tea
NT--Sweeteners, artificial
NT--Water, including nonflavored mineral water
   T--Water, flavored mineral

   A vending machine (EFF. 7-1-98), delicatessen, grocery store, supermarket, farmers market, bakery, donut shop, pastry shop or convenience store selling the following items, whether sold for consumption on or off the premises or on a ''take out'' or ''to go'' basis or delivered is considered to be an eating establishment with respect to the sale of the following items:

   T--Brewed coffee
   T--Hot beverages
   T--Hot food items
   T--Hot soup
   T--Hot pizza
   T--Ice cream, yogurt and other ice based products when hand dipped or hand served
   T--Meals--not including prepackaged frozen meals
   T--Salad bars, food from
   T--Soft drinks

(9)  Hair Goods and Notions

   Generally, hair goods are taxable unless the item qualifies as clothing.

   T--Hair goods and notions, such as barrettes, hair pins, hair nets, curlers, clips, hair bow holders; combs, brushes, chignons, bandeaux
   T--Shower caps
   T--Wigs and toupees (the service of cleaning, styling, etc., also is taxable)

(10)   Hobby Supplies, Toys, Games,
Radios, Recorders, etc.

   T--Baseball, football cards, etc.
   T--Bicycles and parts
   T--Boats and equipment
   T--Computer games and equipment
   T--Hobby supplies
   T--Musical instruments and sheet music
   T--Photographic and projection equipment and supplies
   T--Photographic services, film developing, printing, processing, mounting, coloring, etc.
   T--Pocket knives
   T--Radios, TV sets, receiving equipment
   T--Sound players, recorders, components and accessories, records, compact discs
   T--Tape recorders and tapes
   T--Video cassettes, recorders and cameras

(11)  Home Sewing, Millinery and Craft Supplies

   Goods and items which are to become a component part of clothing are not taxable. Goods and items which become a component of articles other than clothing, such as formal wear are taxable. Equipment and supplies used in sewing are taxable. Clothing is defined as articles designed for everyday wear,

   T--Artificial flowers
NT--Buckles for clothing
NT--Buttons for clothing
   T--Dress forms and patterns
NT--Dress material and fabrics
NT--Dye, clothing fabric
   T--Embroidery hoops
NT--Hooks and eyes
NT--Knitting yarn for clothing
NT--Laces, ribbons, edgings, trimmings
   T--Needle-craft instruction books
   T--Rug yarns
   T--Sewing kits
NT--Shoulder pads
   T--Tape measures
   T--Thread for articles other than clothing
NT--Thread for clothing
NT--Yard goods for clothing
   T--Yarn holders
NT--Zippers for clothing

(12) Household Goods and Supplies

   T--Air fresheners
   T--Ant traps
   T--Basin stoppers
   T--Boot caddy
   T--Cloth dish towels
   T--Cloth hand and bath towels
   T--Cloth laundry bags
   T--Coat hangers
   T--Door mat
   T--Drinking glasses
   T--Easter egg color/paint
   T--Extension cords
   T--Filters, disposable air
   T--Fire extinguishers
   T--Fly swatters
   T--Fly tapes
   T--Furnishings, appliances, fittings, ornaments, furniture, equipment and accessories. Furnishings including bedding, rugs, lamps, hardware, electrical goods, mirrors, pillows, scarves for furniture, bookends, clocks, glassware, crockery, silverware and other household wares.
   T--Greeting cards
   T--Grill scraper
   T--Hardware and tools
   T--Household linens, blankets
   T--Insecticide sprays
   T--Ironing board covers
   T--Jars for canning and jar lids
   T--Light bulbs
   T--Lubricating oils
   T--Metal and plastic cooking utensils and flatware
   T--Moth balls
   T--Moth flakes
   T--Mouse traps
   T--Paints, brushes and painting equipment
   T--Paint removers
   T--Plants, vegetable and flower (see Category 6)
   T--Playing cards
   T--Polishing cloths
   T--Pots and pans
   T--Refrigerator deodorants
   T--Rubber gloves
   T--Rug shampoo applicator
   T--Salt, water softeners
   T--Scrub brushes
   T--Seeds, vegetable and flower (see Category 6)
   T--Shoe brushes
   T--Squeegee scraper
   T--Static control spray, sheets
   T--Tie racks
   T--Turpentine and paint thinner
   T--Vacuum bottles
   T--Vacuum cleaner bags, disposable
   T--Vacuum cleaner parts
   T--Ventilating fans and equipment
   T--Wax applicator
   T--Wax paraffin

A.  Soaps and Detergents

   T--Cleaner, septic tank, hand, oven, toilet bowl or tile
   T--Drain opener
   T--Rug shampoo
   T--Soaps, scented and unscented
   T--Softeners (fabric)
   T--Spot removers

B.  Cleaning and Polishing Preparations

   T--Car cleaners and waxes
   T--Glass cleaner
   T--Polishes, floor, furniture, silver and similar items
   T--Removers, rust or wax
   T--Scouring pads
   T--Steel wool

C.  Paper Goods

   T--Cups; paper, plastic or styrene
NT--Disposable diapers and incontinence products
   T--Drop cloths; paper and plastic
   T--Facial tissue
   T--Filters, coffee
   T--Place mats
   T--Plates; paper, plastic or styrofoam
NT--Sanitary napkins, tampons or similar items used for feminine hygiene
   T--Shelf paper, liners
NT--Toilet tissue

D.  Wrapping Supplies

   T--Aluminum foil
   T--Food bags
   T--Plastic wraps
   T--Tape, masking, scotch, plastic, freezer, duct
   T--Trash bags, paper and plastic
   T--Wrapping paper, including gift wrapping, ribbons, etc.

(13)  Infant Supplies

   T--Accessories, nursing bottles, nipples, teething beads, teethers
   T--Car seat, infant
   T--Crib blankets
   T--Diaper bags
NT--Diaper pins
NT--Diapers, cloth and disposable
   T--Liners, (nursing bottles)
NT--Receiving blankets for infants
NT--Rubber pants

(14)  Jewelry

   T--Earring backs
   T--Jewelry, although a religious symbol is incorporated
   T--Ornaments and pins for hats and dresses

(15)  Luggage, Handbags, Carrying Bags, Wallets, etc.

   T--Bags, carrying, athletic, book, etc.
   T--Handbags, pocketbooks and purses
   T--Knitting bags
   T--Leather goods, except clothing
   T--Luggage, briefcases
   T--Wallets and billfolds

(16)  Medicine, Drugs and Medical Supplies: Prosthetic and Therapeutic Devices

   The tax is not imposed on prescription or nonprescription medicines and drugs or medical supplies, crutches and wheelchairs for the use of people with disabilities, artificial limbs, artificial eyes and artificial hearing devices when designed to be worn on the person of the purchaser or user, false teeth and materials used by a dentist in dental treatment, eyeglasses when especially designed or prescribed by an ophthalmologist, oculist or optometrist for the personal use of the owner or purchaser and artificial braces and supports designed solely for the use of people with disabilities or any other therapeutic, prosthetic or artificial device designed for the use of a particular individual to correct or alleviate a physical incapacity, including but not limited to hospital beds, iron lungs, and kidney machines.

   T--Adhesive removers
NT--Adhesives used for medical treatment
   T--Air cleaners and electrostatic machines
NT--Alcohol, rubbing
NT--Antiseptics, for external use only
NT--Applicators (See ''Cotton applicators'')
NT--Arch supports
NT--Arm slings
NT--Artificial eyes
NT--Artificial limbs
NT--Automobile accessories, when noted by the Department of Transportation upon the motor vehicle operator's license of the purchaser that such accessories are necessary and when charges for accessories are stated separately by the vendor on the sales invoice.
NT--Automobile wheelchair lift
   T--Baby powder
NT--Bandages, dressings, gauze and cotton
   T--Bath tub and bathroom safety devices
   T--Bed boards
NT--Bed drain bags
NT--Bed pans
NT--Bed trapeze bars
   T--Bicycle ergometer
   T--Bidet toilet seat
   T--Blood agar plates
NT--Blood glucose monitors used to treat diabetes (therapeutic devices)
NT--Blood pack units
   T--Blood pressure testing apparatus
NT--Bone pins
NT--Braces and supports worn on the body to correct or alleviate a physical incapacity
NT--Braille teaching texts
   T--Breast pumps
NT--Breathing units, intermittent positive pressure
NT--Burn ointment and lotion
NT--Calamine lotion
NT--Cardiac emergency kit
NT--Cardiac pacemakers and electrodes
NT--Castor oil
NT--Catheters and accessories
   T--Chemical agents and related supplies for analysis of patients' specimens
NT--Cod liver oil
NT--Colostomy appliances
NT--Colostomy deodorants
NT--Commode, chair bedside
NT--Commode seats, elevated for use by incapacitated persons
NT--Contact lens, solutions and kits
NT--Corn pads and plasters for the removal of corns
NT--Cotton applicators, cotton rolls, cotton balls and cotton swabs
NT--Cough and cold items, cough drops, cough syrups
NT--Crutch pads
NT--Dental floss
NT--Dental materials used in dental treatment including x-ray film, cotton, impression materials
   T--Dentist chair
NT--Dentist drills, disposable
NT--Dentist materials which are transferred to the patient including dentures, fillings, crowns, inlays, bridges and lingual or palatal bars
   T--Dentist replacement burs, drills, reusable
NT--Denture products, including denture cleaners and adhesives
   T--Deodorants, personal and room
   T--Diagnostic equipment
   T--Diagnostic glassware and diagnostic testing materials
NT--Dialysis machines
NT--Diathermy machines
NT--Dietary supplements and substitutes
NT--Diet pills
NT--Drapes, paper
   T--Ear plugs
   T--EKG mounts and EKG paper
NT--Elastic bandages and braces
NT--Emesis basins or pans
NT--Epsom salts
   T--Esophageal dilator.
   T--Eucalyptus oil
NT--Examining table paper
   T--Exercise equipment including exercise bikes and treadmill exercisers
NT--Eye ointment
NT--Eye pads
NT--Eye washes
NT--Eyeglasses, sold on prescription
NT--False teeth
NT--First aid kits
NT--Fluidic breathing assistor
NT--Food substitutes
NT--Foot pads, insoles, all types
NT--Foot products for treatment of infections
NT--Gloves, surgical, disposable
NT--Gowns, medical
NT--Hearing aids and batteries
   T--Heaters, portable, room
NT--Heating pads
NT--Hospital beds, having side rails, electric and non-electric with attachments
NT--Hot water bottles
NT--Hygienic needs, douche powder, vaginal preparations
NT--Hydrogen peroxide
NT--Ice bags
NT--lleostomy bags
NT--Incontinence pants
NT--Infusion pumps
NT--Inhalation therapy equipment and equipment used to provide emergency breathing assistance
   T--Intravenous stand
NT--Iron lungs
NT--IUD devices
   T--Laboratory testing and analysis equipment and supplies
NT--Lactose intolerance medication
NT--Lamps, ultraviolet and infrared
NT--Laxatives and cathartics
NT--Lifters, patient
NT--Lubricating jelly
NT--Lymphedema pumps
   T--Mattresses, air
NT--Mattresses, alternating positive pressure
NT--Mattresses and covers for hospital beds
   T--Medical alert cards
   T--Medical alert systems
NT--Medicine cups, disposable
NT--Milk of magnesia
NT--Muscle stimulator, electronic, for physical therapy
NT--Nasal cannula
   T--Nasal speculum
   T--Needle holder
NT--Needles, disposable
   T--Needles and syringes, reusable
NT--Orthodontic brackets
   T--Orthodontic trays
NT--Orthopedic splints
   T--Overbed tables
NT--Oxygen and oxygen equipment, when used for medical treatment
NT--Pads, moist heat pad, alternating positive pressure pad, flotation pad, lambs wool pad
NT--Paraffin bath units, standard or portable
NT--Pet medicines
   T--Petroleum jelly
NT--Physical therapy equipment, when designed exclusively for use in correcting or alleviating a physical incapacity
   T--Plaque remover
NT--Pore cleaners, medicated
NT--Postural drainage board
   T--Postural support chairs
NT--Prostheses (mammary, malar, chin, urinary, incontinence, etc.)
   T--Pumice powder
NT--Pump, diaphragm, pressure vacuum
   T--Razor blades
NT--Rectal preparations
   T--Safety grab bars
NT--Sanitary napkins, tampons and similar items
   T--Sanitizer, air
   T--Sauna baths
   T--Shaving products
   T--Sheets, cloth
NT--Sheets, disposable
NT--Shoe insoles, orthopedically designed
NT--Sitz bath
NT--Smoking deterrents, gum and patch
NT--Specimen containers, disposable
NT--Stair gliders for persons having a physical disability. (EFF 7-1-98)
NT--Styptic pencils
   T--Suction machines and pumps
NT--Sunburn treatment lotions or creams
   T--Sunglasses (unless sold on prescription)
   T--Suntan lotion
   T--Surgical instruments
NT--Surgical instruments and supplies, single use disposable
NT--Syringes, disposable
   T--Syringes, reusable
   T--Table, bedside
   T--Table, examining
   T--Talcum powder
   T--Telecaption equipment
NT--Test strips used in treatment of diabetes
   T--Testing kits
   T--Thermometer, medical
NT--Thermometer covers, disposable
NT--Tongue depressor, disposable
NT--Toothache drops
NT--Trachea tubes
NT--Traction units, including bed stand, anklet, extension, pelvic or cervical units, head holder, fracture unit with trapeze bar set, weights, weight bags, pelvic lacing belt and over door traction equipment
NT--Tubing, intravenous
NT--Urine drain bag
NT--Vaginal diaphragms
   T--Vapona strips
NT--Walking bars and walkers
NT--Wheel chairs
   T--Whirlpool baths and whirlpool pumps
   T--X-ray equipment and machines
   T--X-ray film and chemicals not used by dentists

(17)   Miscellaneous

   T--Bullion (gold, silver)
NT--Caskets, burial vaults, markers, cremation urns and tombstones for human graves, including foundations
   T--Coin banks and coin holders
   T--Coins and paper money, which are not legal tender in U.S.A., are taxable on full purchase price
   T--Coins and paper money, which are legal tender in U.S.A., are taxable on amount in excess of face value
   T--Dry ice, except when sold as an internal packaging material to retailer, manufacturer or processor
NT--Safety equipment and devices designed and worn by production personnel employed in manufacturing, processing, mining, public utility, farming and dairying. Examples: asbestos suits, gloves, aprons, boots, masks, helmets, goggles and similar items
   T--Equipment and devices worn by nonproduction personnel are taxable
   T--Fencing materials
NT--Flags of the U.S. and Commonwealth. Bunting and others are taxable.
   T--Fuel for motor vehicles except when subject to liquid fuel or fuel use tax
   T--Lunch kits, vacuum bottles and replacement parts
   T--Motor vehicle repair services (including labor), accessories, parts, supplies, lubricants and equipment
   T--Party favors
NT--Religious articles when used for worship or prayer
   T--Scout supplies and training manuals except when sold to a scout troop
   T--Stamps, uncancelled U.S.A. stamps are taxable on amount in excess of face value
   T--Stamps, cancelled U.S.A. stamps and all foreign stamps are taxable on the full purchase price
   T--Trading stamp redemption for taxable property
NT--Coupon books sold to individual consumers

(18)   Optical Goods

NT--Contact lens, solutions and kits
NT--Eyeglasses and contact lenses sold on prescription
   T--Magnifying glasses
   T--Opera glasses and field glasses
   T--Sunglasses (prescription sunglasses are exempt)

(19)  Pets (Animals, fish, birds, and similar items)

NT--Boarding or sitting
   T--Clippers and clipper lubricants
   T--Equipment for pets (collars, leashes, etc.)
NT--Flea collars, flea powder, flea and tick soap and tick sprays
   T--Food for pets including dietary food
NT--Medicines and medical supplies for pets
   T--Sale or rental of pets

(20)  Religious Articles

   Articles used solely for religious or devotional purposes are not taxable.

NT--Bibles (printed, audio or electric data)
NT--Candles used in religious worship
NT--Holy water bottles
NT--Clergy vestments and choir and altar server clothing
   T--Household articles which are functional or utilitarian, even though a religious symbol is incorporated. (Household shrine not taxable)
   T--Jewelry, even though a religious symbol is incorporated
NT--Nativity scenes
NT--Religious statues, medals and symbols used in religious worship
NT--Religious publications sold by religious groups
NT--Wines used in religious services

(21)   Restaurant Equipment and Supplies

   Equipment, implements and similar property for use in the preparation and service of food is taxable.

   T--Carbonator for soda fountain operation
NT--Carbon dioxide for soda fountain
   T--Equipment used to prepare and serve food and beverages
   T--Ice making equipment
   T--Napkins, wooden or plastic spoons, forks, straws, and similar articles for use in restaurants, vending machines and other eating places
   T--Vending machines and equipment
NT--Wrapping supplies, paper or plastic plates, cups and similar articles used by restaurants or in vending machines for the delivery of food

(22)  Shoes and Shoe Accessories

   Generally shoes designed for everyday wear are exempt. However, shoes designed for formal wear or sporting activities are taxable.

   T--Bathing (swimming) shoes
NT--Safety shoes
   T--Shoe brushes, applicators and shoe trees
NT--Shoe dye
NT--Shoe laces
NT--Shoe polish
NT--Shoe repairs
   T--Shoes for baseball, bowling, football, soccer, hockey, dance, etc.
   T--Shoes for formal wear, such as metallic cloth, brocade, satin, or silver leather, primarily for formal wear.
NT--Shoe soles and heels for shoe repair
NT--Shower clogs
NT--Sneakers, jogging, tennis and aerobic shoes

(23)  Sporting Equipment, Clothing, Supplies and Recreational Equipment

   Tax is imposed on sporting and recreational equipment and clothing and supplies which are designed to be worn and are normally worn only when engaged in sports.

   T--Accessories such as ammunition belts, hip waders and fly vests
NT--Baseball caps and tee shirts
   T--Bathing caps
   T--Bathing suits
   T--Beach coats
   T--Bicycles, parts, accessories and supplies
   T--Boats, pleasure boats and equipment and parts
NT--Bowling shirts
   T--Equipment and supplies for baseball, football, hockey, basketball and other sports
   T--Guns and ammunition
NT--Gym suits, outfits
NT--Hunting coats, pants and coveralls
   T--Hunting wear, reflecting orange
NT--Jogging outfits, running shoes
   T--Mats, floor
   T--Protective equipment, knee pads, elbow pads, forearm pads, etc.
   T--Sleeping bags
NT--Sneakers, jogging, tennis and aerobic shoes, etc.
NT--Snowmobile suits
   T--Uniforms, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, hockey etc.
NT--Warm-up suits, cloth sweat suits
   T--Skates, ice, roller, in-line

(24)  Tobacco Products

   T--Chewing tobacco, snuff
   T--Smoking accessories
   T--Tobacco, cigars

(25)  Utilities and Fuel

NT--Coin-operated telephone charges
   T--Firelogs, processed
NT--Firewood and kindling for residential use
NT--Fuel oil, gas, steam or electricity purchased for residential use
   T--Fuel oil, gas, steam or electricity purchased for commercial use
   T--Interstate and intrastate telephone services for residential or commercial use
NT--Basic telephone service and subscriber line charges for residential use
   T--Basic telephone service and subscriber line charges for commercial use
   T--Utilities for office or business within home

(26)  Tires and Motor Vehicle Leases and Rentals
Subject to Public Transportation Assistance Fund
Taxes and Fees (PTA) (61 Pa. Code § 9.4).

   The following items are subject to a Public Transportation Assistance Fund Tax or Fee as indicated below. The tax or fee is IN ADDITION TO any Sales or Use Tax which may be due. However, the Sales, Use, PTA Tax or PTA Fees shall not be included within the tax base when imposing such taxes or fees.

PTA Tax/Fee
Tires, new tires for highway use (used tires and tires for off highway use are not subject to the fee.)$1 fee upon the sale of each new tireExempt if lessee qualifies for sales tax exemption.
Rentals of Motor Vehicles (the term rental shall mean the transfer of the possession of a motor vehicle for a period of less than 30 days.) $2 fee upon each rental day.Exempt if lessee qualifies for sales tax exemption.
Leases of Motor Vehicles (the term lease shall mean the transfer of possession of a motor vehicle for a period of 30 or more days.)3% tax upon the total lease payment including down payment and accelerated lease payments.Exempt if lessee qualifies for sales tax exemption.

(27)  Vehicle Rental Tax (VRT) (61 Pa. Code § 9.14)

   Rental companies that have available for rental five or more motor vehicles designed to carry 15 or less passengers or a truck, trailer or semi-trailer used in the transportation of property other than commercial freight that is rented without a driver are responsible for collecting an additional 2% tax. This tax is imposed on the purchase price, as calculated for Sales Tax purposes of each rental contract for a period of 29 consecutive days or less. The VRT is separate from, and in addition to any applicable state or local Sales Tax or the $2 daily PTA fees.

   Rental companies may claim a refund up to the amount of tax remitted for filing, and registration fees paid to the Commonwealth during a previous calendar year.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-932. Filed for public inspection June 12, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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