Private Letter Ruling

Ruling Number:P-2003-001
Tax Type:Kansas Retailers' Sales Tax
Brief Description:Plumbing labor services.
Approval Date:01/08/2003

Office of Policy & Research

January 8, 2003


Dear Mr. TTTTTT:

We wish to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated January 2, 2003, regarding the application of Kansas Retailers’ Sales tax.

K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 79-3603(p) (1998 Senate Bill No. 493) exempts certain construction services that were formerly subject to Kansas sales tax. Effective July 1, 1998, services performed to install or apply tangible personal property are exempt from sales tax when the services involve the original construction, reconstruction, restoration, remodeling, renovation, repair or replacement of a residence. This would include land improvements immediately surrounding the residence.

The department will construe the term ‘residence’ in K.S.A. 79-3603(p)(4) to include the land improvements that immediately surround the residence. This means the exemption for residential repair and remodeling services generally will be coextensive with the exemption for the original construction of the residence.

The new law does not change the taxation of sales of materials and supplies that are purchased for use in residential or commercial plumbing. These sales continue to be subject to state and local sales tax. This would include, but not be limited to the plumbing fixtures and materials, plus any shipping and handling charges invoiced from the material supplier.. Similarly, sales tax continues to apply to non-residential labor services, since the new exemption extends only to residences. Repair, maintenance, installation and application services remain subject to sales tax when done to tangible personal property.

It is the opinion of the Kansas Department of Revenue that plumbing labor services that you have described in the above referenced letter would not be subject to sales tax, since the labor services rendered are for a residence. All materials would be subject to the appropriate Kansas sales/use tax at the time of purchase, whether the respective materials are used at a residence or a commercial site.

This is a private letter ruling pursuant to K.A.R. 92-19-59. It is based solely on the facts provided in your request. If it is determined that undisclosed facts were material or necessary to an accurate determination by the department, this ruling is null and void. This ruling will be revoked in the future by the operation of law without further department action if there is a change in the statutes, administrative regulations, or case law, or published revenue ruling, that materially effects this private letter ruling. If I may be of further assistance, please contact me at your earliest convenience at (785) 296-7776.

If I may be of further assistance, please contact me at your earliest convenience at (785) 296-7776.

Sincerely yours,

Thomas P. Browne, Jr.
Tax Specialist


Date Composed: 01/27/2003 Date Modified: 01/27/2003