Sales Tax on Scales & Tender Tanks

Question:  Hi Yvonne! It's been a while since we've talked but I hope you are doing well. I have a question for you. For the scale systems that our fertilizer dealers use, are the scales they install to weigh fertilizer trucks and wagons to calculate the price of the fertilizer eligible for the sales tax exemption? Are any of the parts to maintain the scales eligible?

Also, on the tanks that our guys buy to mount on vehicle trailers to transport fertilizer to the field of application, are the tanks exempt?

Answer from Yvonne Schwartz (IDOR):  I am doing well. Thank you for asking. I have an answer for you regarding the scales and the tanks. The scales would be taxable. The tanks would be taxable if they were merely used to transport the fertilizer to the fields but exempt if used to spread the fertilizer. I hope this answers all of your questions.

Yvonne Schwartz

Cell (309) 264-8636

Office (217) 785-1695

Fax (217) 782-8956

Email yvonne.schwartz@illinois.gov