Private Letter Ruling

Ruling Number:P-2001-054
Tax Type:Kansas Retailers' Sales Tax
Brief Description:Gross receipts from an information service.
Approval Date:06/19/2001

Office of Policy & Research

June 19, 2001



The purpose of this letter is to respond to your letter dated June 1, 2001. In it, you ask if the gross receipts from an information service are subject to Kansas retailers’ sales tax.

In deciding whether a particular transaction is subject to sales tax, a two step analysis is generally necessary. The first step is to determine whether the sales tax act generally imposes tax on the type of transaction in question. The second step is to determine whether the act provides an exemption for the particular type of transaction.

As a rule, sales tax is imposed on all transactions involving the transfer of tangible personal property. With services, however, tax is imposed only on those transactions that are specifically enumerated in the sales tax act. Exemptions for transactions involving either tangible personal property or services are allowed as specifically enumerated.

In your letter you stated:

It is the opinion of the Department that no imposition exists in the law to impose Kansas sales tax on the services as described in this letter.

Your Company is required to pay Kansas sales and compensating taxes on all purchases of tangible personal property and taxable services used or consumed by their business.

This private letter ruling is based solely on the facts provided in your request. If it is determined that undisclosed facts were material or necessary to make an accurate determination by the department, this ruling is null and void. This private letter ruling will be revoked in the future by operation of law without further department action if there is a change in the statutes, administrative regulations, or case law, or a published revenue ruling, that materially affects this private letter ruling.


Mark D. Ciardullo
Tax Specialist


Date Composed: 06/25/2001 Date Modified: 10/11/2001