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Retailer Exemption Numbers


Some retailers have set up University-wide accounts you will want to reference when making tax exempt purchases. We have listed these numbers and retailers below.

Not all retailers use this method for processing tax exempt purchases - some prefer to set up separate accounts for each billing/shipping address, others process payments at the register without additional paperwork.

Best Buy

Accounts are set up by billing address (separate account for each department/unit) so there is not a University-wide account number. Please contact Dan Heinecke at Best Buy in Government & Education Purchasing to set up a tax exempt account. Cell: 612-282-9811, fax: 952-430-0209 or email Best Buy also requires their Tax Exempt Quick Card to be filled out when setting up a tax exempt account with them.

Cub Foods

Cub Foods Stores use a store by store system of customer account cards. Unfortunately, this system is difficult for such a large and decentralized organization as the University of Minnesota. We recommend you bring this letter & the exemption certificate with you when making purchases at Cub Foods stores in Minnesota. If they insist on creating a tax exemption card, please make sure it is sent to your specific department address, not to the address listed on the ST-3 form.

*Note: Remember that our exemption DOES NOT apply to prepared food, candy, or soft drinks.


Dell offers computer desktop, notebook, and server systems which run variants of the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. DELL also offers related software and peripherals.

Departments: Please go to U Market, click the Shop Now button and log in to place your order.

For information about ordering educationally discounted computers, devices & accessories for departments, contact the U's Office of Information Technology, 1-HELP, 612-301-4357, or email

Home Depot

Please reference this exemption #1410432922 when making purchases in the store or online.

Micro Center

Micro Center Computers & Electronics has a special procedure that needs to be follwed to make in-store tax exempt purchases. Please click here to view that procedure. Micro Center CANNOT process tax exempt purchases online.


Remember: exempt purchases must be paid for by the University DIRECTLY, using either the University PCard or a U of MN check. Employees cannot claim an exemption for purchases made from their personal funds, even if receiving reimbursement later.

It is recommended that you make tax exempt purchases in person. Most of these accounts were initiated for in-store purchasing and are not accepted for online purchases.



About the Tax Management Office


Kelly Farmer


Parent Unit

University Finance

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Department Contact Information

University Tax Management

2221 University Ave SE, Suite 100

Minneapolis, MN 55414

P: 612-624-1053, F: 612-626-1886

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