Buying and Paying
Princeton University is recognized as a non-profit, educational 501(c)(3) institution, and as such is exempt from sales tax on most purchases. Sales tax is a substantial expense for the University, and all efforts should be made to obtain appropriate tax exemptions and to avoid incurring sales tax.
II. Who is Affected by this Policy
Anyone purchasing goods or services on behalf of the University.
Princeton University is recognized as a non-profit, educational 501(c)(3) institution, and as such is exempt from sales tax on most purchases. All subcontracts and purchase orders for the purchase goods and services subject to New Jersey State sales tax should cite the exemption number 21-0634501. Suppliers may also request a signed sales and use tax exemption certificate which can be found here if requested.
The University also maintains tax exempt status in several states, in addition to New Jersey, as identified on this map. These exemptions are to be used for purchases of tangible property or taxable services on behalf of the University. The University's exemptions are not applicable for items purchased for personal use or with personal funds.
10/1/18 - Updated Executive Sponsor listing.
6/21/18 - Minor update to language for clarity.
2/26/18 - Minor update of responsible office from Purchasing to Procurement Services.
2/25/11 - No change to policy or substance; revised organization and language for web-based policy library.
7/22/92 - Approved.