Welcome to the latest installment of our blog “What are the rules for NYS Sales tax for my profession?”  In this blog we are highlighting another industry with a few of the broad guidelines to follow!  Our hope is to not only provide helpful information for the business owners, but the consumers as well!

This blog focuses on Veterinarians.

A veterinarian is a person that practices veterinary medicine, which is defined as diagnosing, treating, operating or prescribing for any animal disease.

There is no sales tax due on any services provided by a licensed veterinarian relating to the health care of pet or farm animals.  Any well visit, diagnosing an illness, or administering vaccines, for example are nontaxable services.

If you were to board your pet or take them to be groomed, that is a taxable sale.  Sales tax is due on these services because they are not relating to the health care of animals.

Any medicines sold by veterinarians are not taxable because they are designed to be used in the care of the animals.  On the other hand, purchases made by veterinarians that are used in the practice of veterinary services are taxable at the time of the purchase.

This is just a brief overview of the sales tax laws regarding veterinarians.  Feel free to give our office a call for more information.

By Renee Greenspan, MS