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Iowa Sales Tax and Printers and Publishers

Printers' and Publishers' Supplies Exemption with Retroactive Effective Date.

A "printer" is any person, a portion of whose business involves the completion of a finished, printed product for sale at retail by that person or another person.

A "printer" is also any person, a portion of whose business involves the completion of a finished printed packaging material used to package products for ultimate sale at retail.

The term "printer" does not include any person printing or copyrighting printed material for its own use or consumption and not for resale.

A "publisher" means and includes any person who owns the right to produce, market, and distribute printed literature and information for ultimate sale at retail.

Effective May 4, 1995, and retroactive to July 1, 1983, the gross receipts from the sale or rental of the following to a printer or publisher are exempt from tax:

  • Acetate
  • Anti-halation backing
  • Antistatic spray
  • Back lining
  • Base material used as a carrier for light sensitive emulsions
  • Blankets
  • Blowups
  • Bronze powder
  • Carbon tissue
  • Codas
  • Color filters
  • Color separations
  • Contacts
  • Continuous tone separations
  • Creative art
  • Custom dies and die cutting materials
  • Dampener sleeves
  • Dampening solution
  • Design and styling
  • Diazo coating
  • Dot etching
  • Dot etching solutions
  • Drawings
  • Drawsheets
  • Driers
  • Duplicate films or prints
  • Electronically digitized images
  • Electrotypes
  • End product of image modulation
  • Engravings
  • Etch solutions
  • Film
  • Finished art or final art
  • Fix
  • Fixative spray
  • Flats
  • Flying pasters
  • Foils
  • Goldenrod paper
  • Gum
  • Halftones
  • Illustrations
  • Ink
  • Ink paste
  • Keylines
  • Lacquer
  • Lasering images
  • Layouts
  • Lettering
  • Line negatives and positives
  • Linotypes
  • Lithographic offset plates
  • Magnesium and zinc etchings
  • Masking paper
  • Masks
  • Masters
  • Mats
  • Mat service
  • Metal toner
  • Models, modeling
  • Mylar
  • Negatives
  • Non-offset spray
  • Opaque film process paper
  • Opaquing
  • Padding compound
  • Paper stock
  • Photographic materials: acids, plastic film, desensitizer emulsion, exposure chemicals, fix, developers, paper
  • Photography, day rate
  • Photopolymer coating
  • Photographs
  • Photostats
  • Photo-display tape
  • Phototypesetter materials
  • pH-indicator sticks
  • Positives
  • Press pack
  • Printing cylinders
  • Printing plates, all types
  • Process lettering
  • Proof paper
  • Proofs and proof processes, all types
  • Pumice powder
  • Purchased author alterations
  • Purchased composition
  • Purchased phototypesetting
  • Purchased stripping and paste-ups
  • Red litho tape; reducers
  • Roller covering
  • Screen tints
  • Sketches
  • Stepped plates
  • Stereotypes
  • Strip types
  • Substrate
  • Tints
  • Tissue overlays
  • Toners
  • Transparencies
  • Tympan
  • Typesetting
  • Typography
  • Varnishes
  • Veloxes
  • Wood mounts
  • Any other items used in a similar capacity to any of the above enumerated items by the printer or publisher to complete a finished product for sale at retail

Expendable tools and supplies are subject to tax.