Meyer Hatchery started collecting tax on all orders, including lives, in 2020 pursuant to a change in laws and a shift in our customer base. Depending on the economic nexus we have in your state, you may or may not see tax applied to your order. If you are tax exempt, please email your state's Sales and Use Tax Exempt Form to firstname.lastname@example.org before placing an order. Once the completed form is received and processed, the tax-exempt status will be placed on your account and all future orders will be tax-exempt. Sorry, but we are not able to retroactively refund tax paid on previously placed orders.