Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2013
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
190.0000 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS—Regulation 1521
(a) IN GENERAL—ACTIVITIES CONSTITUTING CONTRACTING OR MAKING OF IMPROVEMENTS
190.1185 Works of Art. An artist is the retailer of art work which is classified as a "fixture." Accordingly, an original work of art sold to a city and displayed in an area open to the public in a building is exempt pursuant to section 6365 notwithstanding that it is an improvement to realty. On the other hand, if the artwork is integrated into a building so as to become an integral and inseparable part of a building, such as a mosaic applied on a wall piece by piece, the artwork is "material." In this case the artist is the consumer of the material and must pay sales or use tax on the material. 7/24/90.