When we purchase items or services within Massachusetts, the supplier must have on file a hard copy of our state Tax Exemption Certificate. Each certificate notes the supplier's name and can only be used for that particular supplier. You may contact the Procurement Department at (508) 289-2371 to arrange for a supplier to receive our tax exemption certificate. We will be happy to provide the supplier with the appropriate form.
Our tax exemption pertains to state taxes; what applies in Massachusetts does not apply in every state. Each state has unique requirements regarding tax exempt status. Some simply require a form to be filled out, and others require an act of the state legislature for an organization to receive exemption. WHOI examines our need for sales tax exemption on a state-by-state basis. Please contact the Procurement Department when sales tax exemption is of issue.