by Ken Love
If you make purchases on behalf of the Club, whether for reimbursement to you or billed to the Club, please keep in mind that anything subject to Massachusetts sales tax bought for any project we sponsor is tax exempt. We have had several purchases made for various activities and projects that we pay 6.25% tax on that could be avoided. Over the course of a year, this can add up to a few hundred dollars.
Most merchants where we have an account are aware of our tax-exempt status, but it is always a good idea to confirm when checking out. Our Tax Exemption number is 65-1320520, and a copy of the Department of Revenue form is available for anyone who requests it. Keep the number in your wallet or a note on your cell phone.
Keep in mind the Easton Lions have two tax identities. One is a non-profit for internal Club operations (meeting expenses, member supplies, internal awards) and purchases for internal operations are NOT tax exempt. The other is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that covers all external activities (Senior Cookout, Rink, Auction, Junk Day, etc.) and all purchases involved with these activities are sales tax exempt.