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Pa. Exempts Nonmedical Face Coverings From Sales Tax

By Paul Williams · January 20, 2021, 1:48 PM EST

Sales of nonmedical masks or face coverings made during the novel coronavirus pandemic are exempt from Pennsylvania sales and use tax, the state Department of Revenue said in a bulletin issued Wednesday.

The department has used its authority under a pandemic-related disaster proclamation from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to provide the exemption for sales of nonmedical masks and face coverings used to curb the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.
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The bulletin said the department will not assess retailers for failing to collect sales tax on the items. Consumers who can certify that they purchased a cloth or disposable nonmedical mask or face covering as a means of protection from the virus can file a tax refund petition.

--Editing by Joyce Laskowski. 

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