S.C. Code Regs. 117-309.3 - Printers

Current through Register Vol. 45, No. 9, September 24, 2021

Printers are engaged in the business of producing tangible personal property and their sales of printed matter such as catalogues, books, letterheads, bills, envelopes, folders, advertising circulars, and the like, to purchasers who use or consume these articles are sales at retail. A printer may not deduct from the selling price of such tangible personal property charges for the labor or service of performing the printing even though such labor or service charges may be billed to the customer separately from the charge for the stock. Such labor or service is embodied in and becomes a part of the tangible personal property sold. Where printers purchase from the United States Post Office, cards and envelopes stamped for postage, and imprint thereon various legends for customers, the printers must pay the tax measured by their gross proceeds of the sale of the printed cards or envelopes to their customers. Such cards and envelopes constitute tangible personal property and if they are not resold by such customers, the sales by the printers are at retail. Such printers are entitled to deduct the amount of the postage from the selling price.

No tax arises from the service of imprinting or from the service of typesetting performed by the printer for another printer, where title to the metal does not pass to the customer.

Gross receipts accruing from the sales of printed matter of all kinds are subject to the tax, except as otherwise specifically provided.

Sales of materials to printers are at wholesale, tax-free, when such materials become a component of the printed matter produced for sale. Where the printer qualifies as a manufacturer or processor he is entitled to purchase free of the tax the machines used in printing. Supplies, materials, and equipment not becoming a component of the product to be sold or not constituting a machine used in manufacturing are subject to the sales or use tax, whichever may apply.


S.C. Code Regs. 117-309.3

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