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Sales and Use Tax

    Policy Statement
    The University follows Board of Regents and State of Georgia policy for sales tax collection and reporting. Such policies are outlined in the USG Business Procedures Manual, OCGA Title 48 Chapter 8, and the Georgia Department of Revenue. Links to these policies have been provided under the Related Information section of this policy.
    Reason for policy
    The Georgia General Assembly possesses the full and complete power to tax the retail purchase, retail sale, rental, storage, use, and consumption of tangible personal property and the services to the extent prohibited by the Constitutions of the United States and of this state and except to the extent of specific exemptions provided in OCGA Title 48 Chapter 8.

    The Accounting department is responsible for ensuring that University units which sell goods and some services to non-tax exempt individuals or organizations collect sales tax and report the collection of such to the Accounting department.

    Generally, sales of goods and some services for ultimate consumption to individuals or entities which do not present a Georgia Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption must carry a four percent charge for Georgia State Sales Tax which will be remitted to the Georgia Department of Revenue Sales Tax Unit.  Additional taxes such as local option, special option or Marta tax may need to be added and should be determined by the point of delivery of a taxable sales transaction.

    University units engaged in the sale of goods and services which are not currently charging and collecting sales tax should consult the Accounting department for the procedure to be followed.

    Policy definitions
    OCGA: Official Code of Georgia

    Responsible University Senior Administrator:  Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Responsible University Administrator: Associate Vice President for University Business and Accounting Services

    Policy Owner:  Accounting

    Policy Contact:  Terri Akers 

    Policy Contact Phone Number:  706-542-6868

    Record Retention

    Documentation related to sales and use tax reporting should be retained, including working papers and reconciliation reports

    Record Copy: Accounting

    Retention: 7 years

    Citation or Reference: O.C.G.A. 9-3-24


    What is the deadline for submitting sales tax reports to Accounting?

    Sales tax reports are due in the Accounting department by the 10th of the month.  If the 10th falls on a weekend or a Monday, then the report is due the Friday before.

    Do I need to submit a tax report if I did not collect any taxes?

    Yes, we still need a report with an original signature for filing purposes.

    What is vendor’s compensation?

    Vendor’s compensation is a type of rebate for collecting taxes.  The Accounting department transfers vendor’s compensation back to the revenue accounts at different intervals during the year, usually quarterly.

    Why do we have a deadline for sales tax that has to be adhered to so strictly?

    There are approximately 80 departments that collect sales tax and remit reports to Accounting.  Accounting has to verify, correct, and consolidate all of these individual reports into one UGA sales tax report for the Georgia Department of Revenue.  This report includes reporting the amount for each tax type for each Georgia county.  It takes the entire time between the Accounting department’s deadline of the 10th of the month to the Department of Revenue’s deadline of the 18th, 19th, or 20th of the month (various for each month for EFT deadlines) to compile everything.  If the state’s deadline is missed, the University will be fined and will lose the right to collect vendor’s compensation.