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Types of Sales Tax Exemption Cards


Mission Tax Exemption Card

Mission tax exemption cards are issued to designated representatives of embassies, consulates, and international organizations for use when making official purchases. Two cards will be issued to each diplomatic mission and consulate.

These cards may be used for exemption from taxes only when purchases are made for the official use of the mission. These cards may also be used by other mission employees for official purchases.

All purchases must be made in the name of the mission and paid for by either a mission check or credit card. Cash, credit cards or personal checks in the name of the bearer of the mission tax exemption card cannot be used as payment. More importantly, the agent may not use a mission card for personal purchases.

Personal Tax Exemption Cards

Personal tax exemption cards are issued for the sole benefit of the individual identified and pictured on the card. Under no circumstances may use of a personal sales tax exemption card be transferred. An individual may not loan the card to a family member or friend, regardless of his/her eligibility for exemption from taxes. Personal tax exemption cards are not valid for exemption from taxes on telephones, other utilities, or gasoline purchases. Exemptions from these items are processed separately.

Tax exemption cards that have expired or been recalled must be immediately returned to OFM. Personnel who complete a tour of duty or become otherwise ineligible for a tax exemption card must return their card to OFM as soon as possible.


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