Tax Free Durable Medical Equipment

August 3rd, 2012 by @lamberts

Today through Sunday is a very special time in Tennessee; it’s Tax Free Weekend!  This holiday was established by the TN Dept of Revenue to help Tennesseans get back to school items and stimulate the economy.  This weekend, you can get clothing, shoes, backpacks, and art supplies in Tennessee without paying tax.  But did you know there are certain medial items that you don’t have to pay tax on in Tennessee?

Homecare Advocate Blog: Tax Free Durable Medical Equipment

A representative from the TN Department of Revenue recently spoke at a conference we attended, and she explained the requirements for tax-exemption of Durable Medical Equipment.  Here are some key points from the official regulations on taxation of Durable Medical Equipment.

For some Durable Medical Equipment to qualify for tax exemption, it must be sold to an individual for home use and dispensed pursuant to a prescription.  “A prescription means an order, formula, or recipe issued in any form of oral, written, electronic, or other means of transportation by a duly licensed practitioner authorized by the laws of this state.”  Some examples include:

  • Hospital Beds
  • Bed Rails
  • Commode Chairs
  • Grab Bars
  • Trapeze Bars
  • Seat Lift Chairs
  • Canes
  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Special Beds & Mattresses
  • IV Poles
  • IV Pumps

In other cases, Durable Medical Equipment will always be tax exempt, regardless of whether it is for home use.  Examples include:

  • Oxygen
  • Kidney Dialysis Equipment
  • Enteral Feeding Systems
  • Disposable Ostomy Supplies

Even still, all prosthetics and orthotics are tax exempt in Tennessee, which include:

  • Compression Hose
  • Braces (knee, back, wrist, ect)

For more information, you may reach Lambert’s trained professionals who will help guide you through the regulations and explain what is/not taxable and what is required for the exemption to occur.  Until then, enjoy Tax Free Weekend!


One Response to “Tax Free Durable Medical Equipment”

August 07, 2012 at 5:58 am, Phung Caspersen said:

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