Job Printing

You owe tax on job printing if:
You are engaged in the business of job printing, embossing, copying, micrograph and photo reproduction in the city.

Tax rate on job printing
The City of Mesa tax rate is 1.75% of the gross income from the business of job printing.  (Note: The Mesa City Tax rate increased to 1.75% effective 07/01/2006)

Collection of tax
You may choose to charge the tax separately on each sale, or include transaction privilege tax in your price. If you over charge any tax to your customers, you must remit the excess tax to the city.
If you include tax in your price, you can use factoring to "back into" the tax included in your gross sales.

Exemption:  General provisions
Except as provided under the city code all job printing income is subject to tax. Exclusions from taxable income are based upon the specific deductions provided by the code. Since you have the burden of documenting any exemption of deductions you claim, it is recommended that you get an exemption certificate from your purchaser to support the deduction or exclusion. In cases in which a certificate is provided which satisfies the code requirements, the certificate is sufficient in most cases to relieve the printer from liability for taxes arising from the sale. Exemption certificates are available from the City upon request.

Specific exemptions

  Resale Sales - Printing for another printer is exempt from tax when materials are resold by the printer.
  Out-of-State Sales - Printing for a non-resident of the state provided the printer ships or delivers the printed materials to the out-of-state location of the customer.
  Job printing of newspapers, magazines and other periodicals for a customer who is engaged in business as a publisher is exempt provided the publisher is properly licensed.
  Job printing for a qualifying hospital or health care organization.
  Sales of printed materials to publicly funded libraries.

Exemptions available for items you purchase
Purchases of paper and ink and other items which are "resold" by the printer are exempt from tax when purchased from suppliers. Income producing capital equipment such as presses and copiers etc. are also exempt from tax when purchased. In addition, chemicals which come into direct contact with the product for the purpose of causing or permitting a physical change to occur as part of the manufacturing process are also exempt from tax when purchased.



Office Locations:
Licensing Office
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ  85201
Phone: 480-644-2316
FAX: 480-644-3999

Tax Audit & Collections
20 E. Main St, Suite 450
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 480-644-3816
FAX: 480-644-2687

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Fridays

Mailing Address:
Tax & Licensing Office
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, Arizona 85211-1466


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