Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
505.0000 SALES TO THE UNITED STATES AND ITS INSTRUMEN-TALITIES—Regulation 1614
(b) AGENCIES NOT QUALIFYING FOR EXEMPTION
505.0608 Sales to the U.S. Government. Sales to a U.S. government contractor, that would otherwise be taxable, do not qualify for exemption on the strength of an amendment made to the contract with the U.S. providing that the contractor acted as an agent of the U.S. for certain purposes, including the disbursement of government funds for the acquisition of property. In ruling on this situation, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that if the contractors can realistically be considered entities independent of the United States, a tax on them cannot be viewed as a tax on the United States. Also, there is some doubt whether a person not an instrumentality of the United States can act as an agent of the United States (see United States v. New Mexico (1982) 455 U.S. 720, 71 L.Ed.2d 580). 4/1/94.