Action Alert for Blanket Sales Tax Exemption

Posted By: Mary Alice Scott Advocacy + Government, Financial Management,
Most 501(c)(3) nonprofits are NOT exempt from paying sales tax in Maine?

JUST TODAY, Governor Mills announced a plan that would address this disparity by creating a blanket sales tax exemption for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and included it in her proposed supplemental budget.

Tell the legislature we want to keep the blanket sales tax exemption for 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the budget!

The current sales tax exemption system is:

  • Unfair: Some 501(c)(3) nonprofits pay sales tax, and some don’t, even though all are recognized as charitable. 
  • Confusing: The current law is a patchwork of 100+ exemption provisions, making it hard to understand. 
  • Unusual: Most states across the country and in New England provide a blanket exemption for 501(c)(3)s. 
  • Inefficient: The current approach wastes the time of legislators, administrators, businesses, and nonprofits. 

According to a recent study by Maine Revenue Services, a blanket sales tax exemption for 501(c)(3)s would benefit more than 5,000 charitable nonprofits across the state, providing a direct benefit to communities in every corner.

This year, we can make it happen!

Show your support for this issue and help us demonstrate that charitable nonprofits across the state want a blanket sales tax exemption.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mary Alice Scott, our Public Affairs Manager, at Thank you for your ongoing engagement in our network!