Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2018

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Annotation 295.1509.700


295.1509.700 Interior Decorator and Designer Services. Generally, designers and decorators charge a fee which may be a negotiated amount or a percentage of the selling price of furnishings, labor, and professional services.

Fees for bonafide professional services such as consultation, layout, coordination of furniture and fabrics, selection of color schemes, and supervision of installations, etc., are nontaxable. Billings for such nontaxable fees should be separately stated from fees related to sales of tangible personal property.

Fees charged in connection with acquiring and providing furnishings or other tangible personal property are taxable. A fee charged solely for accompanying a client to showrooms or for otherwise assisting in or recommending the selection of the furnishings is considered part of the taxable selling price of decorator fee. However, tax does not apply to charges for such services when no sales of merchandise are made. Normally, the selling price of the furnishings on which an interior decorator computes tax should be the "retail" price; that is, cost to the interior decorator plus a reasonable markup.

If furnishings or other kinds of tangible personal property are billed at cost and a separately stated fee charge includes overhead, profit, etc., directly related to the property sold, as well as other charges, the total fee charged will be considered subject to tax, unless it is established that a portion of the fee is for nontaxable professional services as described above. 5/29/96.