advanced legislation supported by REBIC, the North Carolina Association of Realtors® (NCR), NAIOP Charlotte, and other industry trade groups that would clarify that residential and commercial Property Management agreements are largely not subject to the state’s Repair, Maintenance & Installation (RMI) sales tax.
SB 523 — Revenue Laws Clarifying & Administrative Changes, passed the Senate on Thursday with an amendment that requires Property Management companies to charge and remit RMI sales tax only in the following circumstances:
The legislation also provides specific exclusions to RMI services, which help ensure much of the work done by property management companies is not subject to taxation. They are:
State law has always excluded Property Management agreements from the retail sales tax, but the language in this amendment helps clarify how incidental RMI, or ‘handyman’ services, will be treated when provided as part of the agreement. The 25% threshold is particularly critical, as it allows property management companies to avoid hourly tracking of the work done by their team on a given property to ensure compliance with state tax law. The amendment says the substantiation for this claim must be ‘based on a reasonable approximation of the real property management services provided and supported by the person’s business records kept in the ordinary course of business.
The bill language also provides a two-year grace period, ending January 1, 2021, during which time the Department of Revenue shall assess no taxes or penalties on property management companies that fail to collect sales tax on RMI services provided under a service contract.
REBIC supports the Property Management language in SB 523, and will work with NCR and NAIOP to ensure its passage by the full Senate and House. Thanks to David Pitser and Portia Lee with Childress-Klein for their invaluable help on this critical issue!
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