By Judy Vorndran, originally published in the Journal of State Taxation

When it comes to exemption certificates, the law often sides with the tax authority or auditor over taxpayers. Simply put, if a vendor does not collect the tax on a transaction—any transaction—the vendor needs to have proper exemption certificate (certificate) documentation. Vendors who do not gather or maintain proper certificates are exposed, and costs can climb fast when certificates are missing, invalid or expired.

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