BeeManiacs is located in WA State and we are required to collect 8.1% sales tax for orders that are picked up at our store. We also have to collect taxes for any order shipped to a WA State address.
The sales tax is destination location based. When we ship your order to a WA State address, the website will automatically calculate and collect the sales tax based on your WA State shipping address.
When we ship online orders to any other state, we won’t collect any sales tax. The website will show sales tax $0 automatically for any orders shipped outside of WA State.
Available tax exemptions
WA State regulations allow for some special tax exemptions. These orders cannot be processed through the BeeManiacs website, they need to be handled by email ahead of time by contacting email@example.com in order to set up your account.
Federal Government Purchases
Direct purchases by the federal government are exempt from WA State retail sales tax, but purchases by others, whether with federal funds or through a reimbursement arrangement, are fully subject to the retail sales tax. Sales to federal employees or representatives of the federal government are subject to sales tax, even though the federal government may reimburse them for all or a part of such expenses.
For a Federal agency exemption, please fill out the purchaser fields and email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following form: https://dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Docs/forms/ExcsTx/ExmptFrm/StreamlindSalsTxExempCert.pdf
Out of State Residents
Nonresident tax exemption is only for material that is not going to be used in WA State. Residents of the following US States or Canadian provinces can apply for tax exemption on BeeManiacs orders that are going to be picked up at our WA State store:
- Alberta (Canada)
To set up your tax-exempt account, you will need to provide a valid driver license showing address in one of those states/provinces (we will need to make a copy for our records) and fill out a Certificate of Exemption: https://dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Docs/forms/ExcsTx/ExmptFrm/StreamlindSalsTxExempCert.pdf
Purchases of live bees by an eligible apiarist
An eligible apiarist can buy live bees without paying sales tax.
Only “eligible apiarists” qualify for this exemption. An eligible apiarist is a person who:
- Owns or keeps one or more bee colonies within WA State;
- Grows, raises, or produces honey bee products for sale at wholesale; and
- Registers their hive/colonies with the Washington State Department of Agriculture as required by RCW 15.60.021
For more information about the Dept. of Agriculture’s hive registration program, please visit http://agr.wa.gov/Plantsinsects/apiary/ or call (360) 902-2070
To set up up a tax-exempt account for purchasing live bees, we will need to receive a copy of your current WSDA apiary registration, a copy of WA State business registration, and the completed form in this link: https://dor.wa.gov/legacy/docs/forms/excstx/exmptfrm/buyersretailtxexmptcert_e.pdf (make sure to check the box under #5.o and add your Apiarist ID #).
You can email all completed forms and purchase orders for live bees to email@example.com and we will process your order as tax exempt. These orders cannot be processed through our online store.
For more information about the sales tax exemption for eligible apiarists please read the WA State Department or Revenue Special Notice in this link: https://dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/docs/pubs/specialnotices/sn_13_honeybeekeepers.pdf
BeeManiacs Distributors (Resellers)
If you buy material from BeeManiacs that you intend to resell in your store, we will need to receive a copy of your current Reseller Certificate to set up your tax exempt account.
Distributors that are located outside of WA State are already tax-exempt and do not need to provide any certificate.
Please take into account that these are WA State rules that all businesses are required to follow within the state. All sales tax funds we collect are wired to the WA State Department of Revenue.