Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
610.0000 WORKS OF ART AND MUSEUM PIECES FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY —Regulation 1586
(b) ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART
610.0750 Sculpture. An artist was commissioned by a county to design, fabricate and install a piece of sculpture at a Health Service Complex. The sculpture is a three dimensional work of art which was designed for a specific site on the grounds of the complex.
In general, the sale and installation of a commissioned piece of sculpture is consistent with the definition of a construction contract per Regulation 1521. As such, the tax treatment depends upon the degree to which the artwork is integrated into or merged with a building. If a piece of sculpture maintains its integrity and identity even after installation, the sculpture is a fixture and the artist who furnished and installed the sculpture is a retailer. However, in this case since the sculpture is an original work of art purchased by a county and displayed in an area open to the public, the sale is exempt from tax pursuant to section 6365. 8/8/89.