If you have purchased items for use in Maine from retailers who do not collect the Maine sales tax (such as businesses in other states and many mail order and internet sellers), you may owe Maine use tax on those items. The rate of tax for purchases is 5% through September 30, 2013. The tax rate for purchases made on or after October 1, 2013 is 5.5%. If you paid another state's sales or use tax on any purchase, that amount may be credited against the Maine use tax due on that purchase. If you do not know the exact amount of Maine use tax that you owe, either multiply your Maine adjusted gross income from line 16 by .08% (.0008) or use the table on page 3 of the Individual Income Tax Booklet.
For items that cost $1,000 or more, you must add the tax on those items to the percentage or table amount. Use Tax on items that cost more than $5,000 must be reported on an individual use tax return by the 15th day of the month following its purchase. For additional information on Maine use tax visit www.maine.gov/revenue/salesuse/usetax/usetax.html or call (207) 624-9693.