How to Get a Tax Exempt Certificate for a Church in Ohio

by Alia Nikolakopulos; Updated September 26, 2017

Churches in Ohio are automatically exempt from paying sales tax on certain transactions. However, to receive the exemption, a tax exempt certificate must be completed and provided to the vendor from whom you purchase taxable goods or services. You do not need a sales tax exempt identification number from Ohio, and you do not need to submit any paperwork to the state on behalf of the church to receive the exemption.

Step 1

Obtain the tax exempt certificate you require from the Ohio Department of Taxation ( Be aware that there are several types of exemption certificates. Use a blanket certificate, which has no expiration date, to cover all purchases you make from a vendor from the date you provide the certificate. Use a unit, or single-use, certificate to cover purchases you make from a vendor in an isolated transaction; you may not use a single-use certificate on a later date. Use a multiple points exemption certificate to purchase items from vendors that have multiple vending avenues, such as online or in-store; select either a blanket or single-use multiple point exemption on this form. Use specialty exemption forms for construction or contract services you receive for church property and a motor vehicle exemption certificate for any church vehicle purchases.

Step 2

Complete the exemption form. Provide the name of the vendor, information on your anticipated purchases and the church’s name and address; however, each form may require slightly different information. Have the form signed by a church official authorized to delegate financial purchases.

Step 3

Give the exemption certificate to the vendor. Expect the vendor not charge or collect sales tax from the church upon receipt of the exemption form.

About the Author

With a background in taxation and financial consulting, Alia Nikolakopulos has over a decade of experience resolving tax and finance issues. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent and has been a writer for these topics since 2010. Nikolakopulos is pursuing Bachelor of Science in accounting at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.