#auto repair shop
Sales and services
Auto repair and body work includes work performed on cars, trucks, RVs, motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles, etc.
As an operator of an automobile repair or body shop, you must be registered with the Tax Department to collect and remit sales tax. See Tax Bulletin How to Register for New York State Sales Tax (TB-ST-360). In addition, you may also be responsible for the New York State Waste Tire Management Fee .
In general, most charges by a repair or body shop are taxable. You must collect sales tax on the total charge for parts and labor for the repair services that you provide. You must also collect sales tax on parts or supplies, such as windshield wipers or motor oil, sold directly to your customers. Information on sales tax rates can be found in Tax Bulletin Sales Tax Rates, Additional Sales Taxes, and Fees (TB-ST-825) or on the Tax Department s Web site at Jurisdiction/Rate Lookup by Address .
Towing and transportation
Towing or transporting a disabled vehicle is taxable. This includes towing the vehicle to your repair shop, a third-party repair shop, or to another location as directed by the vehicle owner.
However, the transportation of vehicles that are not broken down or otherwise disabled is not taxable. This includes the transportation of antique cars to a car show, transporting repossessed vehicles, or hauling a vehicle from one location to another.
Charges for storing a vehicle are taxable. For example, charges to store a repaired vehicle that is not picked up by its owner by a certain date are taxable.
New York State inspections
The charge for a New York State motor vehicle inspection is not taxable. However, any charges for additional repair work required for the vehicle to pass inspection are taxable.
Warranty work and service contracts
When a customer brings a vehicle in for a repair that is covered under a service contract or warranty, you will bill the warranty company for the work done. Your charge to the warranty company for any work that is covered under the warranty is not taxable provided the warranty company gives you Form ST-120. Resale Certificate. for the work that you perform. Only warranty companies that are registered vendors with New York State can issue a properly completed resale certificate for the work you perform. Any additional charges billed to the customer (such as charges for repairs not covered by the warranty) are taxable.
Insurance claims and repairs
When you perform repair work that is covered by insurance, you will bill the insurance company the same way you would bill the customer. Both materials and labor are taxable.
Example: A customer brings his vehicle to your shop after it was damaged in an accident. You inspect the vehicle and determine you need to replace the fender, front quarter panel, and passenger-side door, and paint the repaired parts of the vehicle. You complete the work and send the bill to the insurance company. The entire bill is taxable. (See also Tax Bulletin Taxable Receipt (TB-ST-860) ).
You can purchase parts that are transferred to your customer as part of a repair job without paying sales tax. Give Form ST-120. Resale Certificate. to your supplier.
Examples of parts that can be purchased for resale include: