Sales Tax Exemptions

Princeton University is a 501(c)(3) entity under the Internal Revenue Code and is exempt from federal income tax as an educational institution. Many states also recognize our 501(c)(3) status and offer a sales-tax exemption for goods or services purchased in that state. 

Tax Exemption Forms

Exemption forms for each state can be found below (login required). If you are unable to log in, please contact the Financial Service Center to obtain a certificate.


As a general rule, the following conditions must be met for a purchase to qualify as tax exempt:

  • The purchase must be for University business expenses. Do not use these forms for personal purchases.

  • The purchase must be made with University funds, either via purchase order, Travel and Expense Card, or a Departmental Purchasing Card. Purchases made with personal funds are not tax exempt, even if the purchase is subsequently reimbursed by the University.

  • The purchase cannot be for resale.

Sales Tax Status By State

Sales Tax Status Map 2022

Sales Tax Status by State Map Legend
Green States - Exemption Granted
Red States - Not Exempt
Yellow States - No State Sales Tax


For More Information

For questions regarding sales and use tax exemptions, please contact the Financial Service Center at (609) 258-3080 or [email protected].