Agricultural Exemption

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Items that are exempt from sales and use tax when sold to people who have an Agricultural Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption include:

  • Tangible personal property used primarily (more than 50%) by a qualified farmer or nursery operator in agriculture operations
  • Equipment used primarily for harvesting timber
  • Gasoline or diesel used in agricultural operations
  • Seeds, seedlings, and plants grown from seed
  • Fertilizer
  • Pesticides
  • Livestock and poultry feeds
  • Drugs used for livestock

For more information on what agricultural items qualify for exemption, please see the Department's Tax Manual for Farmers, Nursery Operators, and Timber Harvesters.

Farmers, nursery operators, and timber harvesters must present proof of their status as an exempt farmer, nursery operator or timber harvester directly to the seller when purchasing qualifying items sales tax exempt. One of the following documents must be submitted to the seller at the time of purchase:

Sellers must keep a copy of one of these documents on file and include the buyer's name, address, and description of tax-exempt purchases for each invoice. Farmers, nursery operators, and timber harvesters should keep their original documents in a safe place for future use during the exemption period.

If you have questions about or have lost your agricultural exemption card, please contact Taxpayer Services at (615) 253-0600, option eight.  

Agricultural Sales and Use Tax Certificates of Exemption are valid for a four-year period.  The Department of Revenue reissues certificates every fourth year to current exemption holders.  Once the Department reissues the agricultural exemption certificates, older exemption certificates or cards cannot be used for current purchases. Sellers should still keep copies of the older exemption certificates to support any tax-exempt sales that were made using the now expired exemption certificate or card.

Those who want to receive a certificate should fill out an application and submit it to the Department of Revenue as instructed on the application.  Receipt of a certificate serves as the notice of sales tax-exempt status.

Every fourth year, the Department of Revenue reissues agricultural certificates of exemption to all current exemption holders. Renewed certificates are mailed during the latter part of December before the end of the certificate’s expiration date.  Certificates for the current period expire December 31, 2023. New certificates have an effective date of January 1 of the following year, and they will expire on December 31 four years later.

No action is needed on behalf of current exemption holders, unless you have changed your address, or you no longer meet the requirements for exemption (please see the certificate application for a list of these requirements). If your mailing address has changed, please login to your TNTAP account and change your address.  If you no longer meet the requirements for the agricultural exemption, please notify the Department by phone at 615-253-0600.