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Identifying Information:Eye Doctors/Opticians & Optometrists Self-Audit Fact Sheet
Tax Type:Kansas Retailers' Sales Tax
Brief Description:Eye Doctors/Opticians & Optometrists Self-Audit Fact Sheet
Approval Date:04/04/2011

December 15, 2010
The taxability of sales and purchases of tangible personal property and labor services by eye doctors/opticians are summarized below. This list is not all-inclusive.

Purchases by Eye Doctors/Opticians:
Kansas sales or compensating use tax applies to those purchases identified or designated as taxable in the chart below. The applicable Kansas sales or Kansas consumers’ use tax must be paid to the vendor or accrued and remitted directly to the Kansas Department of Revenue. Purchases from Kansas vendors may be reported using the retailers’ sales tax return. Purchases from outside this state which are delivered to this state are to be reported on the Kansas consumers compensating use tax return.

Purchases for use
Equipment used to provide medical service including but not limited to: exam tables/chairs, lights and stools, autoclaves, waste receptacles, scales, stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, etcTaxable
Examining, diagnostic and surgical equipment including but not limited to: keratometers, phoropters, slit lamps, lasers, pachymeters, topographers, perimeters, ophthalmoscopes, pd rulers, pupilometers, lens clocks, frame warmers, lens grinders, lensometers, focimeter, retinal cameras, ophthalmic viewers, operational microscopes, digital imaging systems, tonometers, aberrometers, and any other equipment purchased for use in eye examination and/or eye surgeryTaxable
Prosthetic devices and mobility enhancing equipment to be prescribed to an individual patientExempt
Prescription eyeglass frames and lenses, eye contactsExempt
Prescription drugs and insulinExempt
Medical supplies including but not limited to medical supply kits (for treatment), medical test kits (diagnostic) such as drug test kits, medical examination kits, and ice packsTaxable
Items purchased for resale to customers, including but not limited to nonprescription eye glasses, eye contacts, eye drops, cleaning solutions, cleaning cloths, sunglasses, cases, etc Exempt
Coding manuals (for insurance claims), reference books and materials, office and medical forms, business cards, notepads, facial tissueTaxable
Nonprescription items provided free to patients such as cleaning solutions and cleaning cloths for eyeglassesTaxable
Eye drops and supplies used during the exam excluding prescription eye dropsTaxable
Uniforms, smocks and lab coats, sheets, gowns etc.Taxable
Items consumed in providing medical treatment including but not limited to: gloves, face masks, hand soap and hand sanitizers, needles and syringes, etcTaxable
Anatomical models and chartsTaxable
Shelving, display racks, display cases, checkout counters, cash registers & supplies, storage cabinets, etc.Taxable
Educational materials, posters, literatureTaxable
Motor vehicles and accessories (including lifts and other attachments)Taxable
Furniture and fixtures, including but not limited to: desks, lamps, tables, chairs, shelving, plants, planters, artwork, signsTaxable
Linen servicesTaxable
Laptop and desktop computers, copiers, printers, fax machines, calculators, telephones and other similar equipmentTaxable
Printed materials production and distribution (such as direct mail items)Taxable
Canned software and software upgrades and labor services to modify, alter, update or maintain software.Taxable
Custom software, custom software upgrades and labor services to modify, alter, update or maintain customized software.
"Customized" software = software developed for a single end user.
Books, newspaper and magazine subscriptionsTaxable
Lease or rental of any tangible personal property - copier, fax, vehicle, etcTaxable
Advertising in newspapers, radio, television, etc.Exempt
Security cameras and other security equipment purchasedTaxable
Security systems monitoring serviceExempt
Tangible property purchased to be given away or donated. (Items that are given away or donated to a tax exempt entity are not subject to sales tax as of April 2007)Taxable
Promotional items including but not limited to: calendars, mugs, items of clothing, etcTaxable
Plumbing, wiring, cabinets and other installation and repair servicesTaxable
Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, creamer, sugar, cups and stir sticks, balloons stickers, pens and candyTaxable
Pest control materials and suppliesTaxable
Janitorial suppliesTaxable
Trash removal, shredding services, cleaning services (except when applying chemicals such as wax, scotch guard, etc), plant watering and careExempt
Utilities including but not limited to electricity, gas and waterTaxable
Repairs, maintenance and remodeling labor services to existing commercial buildings or facilitiesTaxable
Labor services on original construction of new building or facilityExempt
Repair and replacement parts and labor services of repairing, servicing, altering or maintaining tangible personal property, such as computers, printers, copiers, security equipment, etc.Taxable
Warranty or service agreements for tangible personal property such as, computers, printers, copiers, security equipment, etc.Taxable
Professional services such as legal or accounting servicesExempt
Business cards, office supplies, paper, toner cartridges, etcTaxable
Telephone answering servicesTaxable

Sales By Eye Doctors/Opticians:
The taxability of sales of tangible personal property and labor services by eye doctors/opticians is summarized below. This list is not all inclusive. The applicable sales tax must be collected unless the purchaser provides a valid exemption certificate*.

Charges for providing medical servicesExempt
Sales of tangible personal property (including freight, shipping and delivery charges) including but not limited to these Nonprescription items: eyeglasses, eye contacts, sunglasses, eye drops, cleaning solutions, cleansing cloths, etcTaxable
Prescription eye drops, eyeglasses, eye contacts, sunglasses, etc (seller must retain documentation of the prescription to document the exemption)Exempt
Prosthetic devices prescribed to individual patients and the repair and replacement parts of such devices (seller must retain copy of the prescription to document the exemption)Exempt

* Sales/rentals to exempt entities with proper exemption certificates provided are exempt from sales tax. Ensure the exemption certificates are retained to substantiate all non taxed transactions.

Note: Kansas tax applies to the “gross receipts” from the sale of taxable goods or services in Kansas. Gross receipts include any amounts collected from the customer including any charges billed for freight, delivery or special handling.

Date Composed: 04/04/2011 Date Modified: 04/04/2011