Illinois Sales Tax and Construction Contractors

By June 10, 2016November 16th, 2019Illinois Sales Tax, Uncategorized

Illinois Sales Tax and Construction Contractors
When are sales to construction contractors Taxable?
Anybody that has a profit seeking motive in the construction business will be interested in knowing when sales tax applies to construction contractors.  Persons who engage in selling tools, equipment, fuel, supplies and other tangible personal property to construction contractors, real estate developers or speculative builders for use or consumption incur a sales tax obligation
Anybody that has a profit seeking motive in the construction business.
Also, persons who (apart from acting as construction contractors themselves) engage in selling building materials, fixtures, plants and other tangible personal property to construction contractors, speculative builders or real estate developers, who convert such items into real estate so as to take such items off the market as tangible personal property, incur Retailers’ Occupation Tax liability when making such sales.
When the purchasing construction contractor (whether he is the prime contractor or the subcontractor) buys the item that he will convert into real estate in finished form, the tax base is what such construction contractor pays for the item. When the construction contractor-installer (whether he is the prime contractor or a subcontractor) is also the manufacturer of the finished item that he will incorporate into real estate for his customer, the tax base is what such construction contractor pays for the materials that he incorporates into such finished item, plus whatever such construction contractor may pay for nails, screws or other items of tangible personal property that he buys and incorporates into real estate for his customer in the course of making the installation of the finished item.
Sales of tangible personal property to construction contractors, real estate developers or speculative builders who resell such property in the form of tangible personal property would not be taxable sales, but the construction contractor, real estate developer or speculative builder would be making taxable resales in this situation.
Illinois Sales Tax and Construction Contractors

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