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How to Apply for a Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card in the United States

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How to Apply for a Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card in the United States by Kenyans247(1): Sat 02, May, 2020 08:09am
Procedure
To apply for a tax exemption card, eligible missions and their members should submit an application on the Departments E-Government (E-Gov) system. https://ofmapps.state.gov/eGov/public/login.jsp
It will take about 5 business bays for your application to be processed.
Tax exemption cards are printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office at its facility in Washington and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to the cardholders residential address. Consequently, it is important that all individuals ensure that their addresses are correct with OFM.

Office Locations & Contacts
U.S. Department of State

Telephone Directory http://www.state.gov/m/a/gps/directory/

Website http://www.state.gov/

Eligibility
Sales Tax Exemption Cards:

Mission Tax Exemption Cards: Used by foreign missions to obtain exemption from sales and other similarly imposed taxes on purchases in the United States that are necessary for the missions operations and functions. All purchases must be paid for with a check, credit card, or wire transfer transaction in the name of the foreign mission.
The Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) will only issue mission tax exemption cards to an individual who (i) is a principal member or employee of the mission, (ii) holds an A or G series visa (and in the case of a G series visa holder, is a diplomatic agent), and (iii) is not considered to be permanently resident in the United States for purposes of the VCDR and VCCR. This persons photo will appear on the card and is the missions point of contact. This individual, however, does not need to be present when purchases are made in the name of the mission.
Personal Tax Exemption Cards: Used by eligible foreign mission members and their dependents to obtain exemption from sales and other similarly imposed taxes on personal purchases in the United States. The card must be used solely for the benefit of the individual identified and pictured on the card. The card is not transferable and cannot be loaned to any other person, regardless of that persons eligibility for exemption from taxation. There is no restriction on the form of payment that can be used with the card.
Eligibility for personal tax exemption cards is determined on a case-by-case basis, but the following individuals are generally entitled to apply for a card, if they are neither U.S. nationals nor permanently resident in the United States for purposes of the VCDR or VCCR:
individuals accredited as diplomatic agents, members of the administrative and technical staff, consular officers, and consular employees;
the members of their families forming part of their households, but in the case of a child: those aged 18-21 years, or aged 18-23 years if accredited as a justified student.
Other personnel may also be eligible to apply for a card if they qualify based on a treaty other than the VCDR or VCCR.
Note that employees (and their dependents) of international organizations and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and Organization of American States who have been granted the privileges and immunities accorded to diplomatic agents are eligible for personal tax exemption cards. These unrestricted personal tax exemption cards facilitate the United States in honoring its obligations under relevant treaties to provide relief from certain taxes.

Validity
Return of Tax Exemption Cards

All tax exemption cards must be returned to OFM when they have expired or been recalled, or when the cardholders employment or assignment with a foreign mission has been terminated. When a mission member is terminated at one location and reaccredited at another location in the United States, his or her tax exemption card will be terminated.

If tax exemption cards are not returned to the Department, OFM reserves the right to take appropriate action, which may include temporarily suspending the issuance of new tax exemption cards to that mission.

Tax exemption cards should be delivered to OFMs Customer Service Center at 3507 International Place NW, Washington, DC 20522, or the nearest OFM regional office (New York, Miami, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, or Los Angeles).

Processing Time
Applications are generally processed within five business days.

Need for the Document
Diplomatic Tax Exemption Cards are issued by the Departments Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) to eligible foreign missions and their accredited members and dependents on the basis of international law and reciprocity. These cards facilitate the United States in honoring its host country obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR), Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), and other treaties to provide relief from certain taxes. The cards provide point-of-sale exemption from sales tax and other similarly imposed taxes throughout the United States.

The cardholder must present the card to the vendor when paying for their purchase.



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Levels of Exemption

The tax exemption cards contain text on the front and back of the card that indicate the level of exemption authorized for the cardholder. Some cards authorize an unrestricted exemption from sales taxes, and other cards authorize an exemption with some degree of restriction, such as a minimum purchase requirement, excluded categories, or both.

Personnel holding cards may have varying levels of tax exemption privileges authorized by the card. The OFM sets the level of exemption on the basis of reciprocity, determined by the tax relief privileges enjoyed by the U.S. Mission and personnel in that foreign country. Each card bears one of four animal symbols indicating the specific type of tax exemption of the cardholder:

Owl: mission tax exemption cards with unrestricted tax exemption.
Buffalo: mission tax exemption cards with some degree of restriction.
Eagle: personal tax exemption cards with unrestricted tax exemption.
Deer: personal tax exemption cards with some degree of restriction.
Tax exemption cards may not be used for exemption from taxes imposed on purchases of motor vehicles, gasoline/diesel fuel, utility services, airline tickets, or cruises.

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