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Is Shipping Taxable in Minnesota?

by Mark Faggiano

Shipping Taxable in Minnesota

Last updated July 14, 2017

It’s probably not possible for sales tax to be a bigger headache for eCommerce sellers, but the states do give it their best shot. Especially by drafting their own rules of when and how it is applied. Let’s take a look at how Minnesota handles sales on shipping and handling.

Is Shipping Taxable in Minnesota?

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has this to say:


Minnesota delivery charges taxable

Thankfully, Minnesota makes it pretty easy for sellers to know whether to charge sales tax on shipping and handling. If you are shipping a taxable item, the shipping and handling is taxable, even if separately stated on the invoice.

If you are shipping a non-taxable item like a grocery item, then the shipping is not taxable. If a third party carrier furnishes delivery service and charges for the service, then it is not taxable.

In Summary:

You will most likely charge sales tax on shipping in Minnesota.

If you are selling an item that is taxable and you ship it, the shipping and handling is taxable. The only way it ISN’T taxable is:

  1. You are shipping non-taxable items like food.
  2. A third party carrier handles the delivery and charges for the delivery.

Other than that, you are going to have to pay sales tax on shipping and handling.

Still have questions? Start the conversation in the comments.

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  • Glen

    Third Party

    Can you clarify this? “If a third party carrier furnishes delivery service and charges for the service, then it is not taxable.”

    EX: If we ship taxable items via FedEx, and FedEx charges us $5.00, we invoice the customer $5.50. My understanding is that this is taxable.

    Should the phrase be: “If a third party carrier furnishes delivery service and charges THE CUSTOMER for the service, then it is not taxable.”

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