HOWTO Use Our Tax-Exempt Status

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i3 Detroit is a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation which has been given 501c3 tax-exempt status by the IRS. This means that we are exempt from paying certain taxes, including income, sales, use, and property taxes. It also means that entities that donate to us can claim a tax deduction for the value of the things they donate to us.

Not paying sales tax

Instructions for not paying sales tax

  • Usually, vendors accept the Michigan Form 3372 (Sales Tax Certification of Exemption). To get one, send the name and address of the vendor to the Treasurer. Give at least 48 hours for processing. Always include a copy of the IRS determination letter (see below).
  • Sometimes vendors require a proprietary form. Ask for the form and forward it to treasurer. Allow 48 hours for processing.
  • You can also ask the store if they have us on file.

When you can avoid paying sales tax

The product must be for i3 use, not resale, nor pass-thru. So paint for painting the Classroom is an acceptable exemption from sales tax. However, vinyl supplies for the Vinyl Zone, which members use and take home, are not. Rule of thumb, if it comes in our door and stays here, OK. If it walks back out the door, Not OK. And no buying for individual members.

Vendors that already know about us

  • For in person purchases:
    • AirGas
      • Account on file under "i3Detroit"
    • All American Plywood
      • 18840 JohnR
      • Give them our name
    • American Blower Supply (aka The Blastgate Co)
      • Give them our name
    • Anixter
      • Give them our name
    • Grainger
      • Account number 883887267
      • Give them our address or if asked for individual name, use Tim Clayson.
    • Fire Defense Equipment Company Inc. - Royal Oak
      • We should be on file but give tax id number if needed.
    • Harbor Freight
      • When they ask, give them this phone number: 248-733-5835
      • Expires 07/20/2022
    • Home Depot
      • Use our tax number 1310198267, or name and zip (i3detroit, 48220)
    • Lowe's
      • Give our tax ID (27-0553505) and phone number (248-556-9995).
      • If they ask for an individual name, use "i3 treasurer".
      • Log in to lowes pro using - sends you a one time code.
    • Menards
      • There's a bar code. Contact treasurer if you need it.
    • Microcenter
      • Give them our name
      • If they ask for an individual name, use Mike Fink.
    • Murray Lighting & Electrical Supply
      • Not sure yet. I just set it up for the first purchase, so we can update once we know how it works.
    • Office Depot / Office Max
      • Customer ID#: 25450575 (0-25450575-3)
    • PraxAir
      • Account on file under "i3Detroit"
    • Tony's Ace Hardware at Woodward Heights & John R
      • Give them our name at the register
  • For online only ordering:
  • All of these vendors are sales tax exempt when purchased through our online account and can also be paid for directly by the organization rather than go through the reimbursement process. Contact treasurer (with as much detail as possible) if you want to place an order.
    • Amazon
    • Bolt Express
    • Home Depot
      • Use our Home Depot Tax ID Number: 1310198267
      • Home Depot Tax Department as of 2022-05-02: 1-877-434-6435 option 4 then option 6, M-F 9-17 ET
    • Lowe's
      • TEMS ID: 500368359, expires April 12th 2028, login to renew.
    • Menards
    • Otto Frei
    • IKEA does not have the ability to not charge sales tax, but they will reimburse sales tax. The instructions from their help chat are:
      • "Tax exemption certificates need to be emailed to the Cash Office at The subject line must contain the your order number. Once the exemption certificate has been received Cash Office will process a refund to the original form of payment."
  • All of these vendors are sales tax exempt when purchased through our online account, but we don't have the ability to pay directly, so you'll need to request reimbursement:
      • Check with Roger S for acct info.

Claiming a deduction for donations

501(c)3 determination letter

We are classified by the IRS as a Public Charity, which means that people can deduct a donation to i3Detroit from their federal income taxes. There are certain rules to watch out for, and tax software is your friend. Email the treasurer if you want more information. Remember all donations of equipment are subject to being accepted by the Coordinator of the intended zone, or by the Board for non-zone items. Do not just drop things off.