Mikael Karlsson , Oct 22, 2004; 12:50 p.m.
In most states with sales tax, you'd still have to pay sales tax for camera equipment, lights etc. The only things you can buy sales tax-free are items you plan to re-sell. But, to make sure check with your local Department of Revenue. Depending on what you mean by "start a business" that CAN be more hassle than it is worth, especially if the only real reason is to avoid paying sales tax... In Nebraska where I am located and incorporated I pay sales or use tax on every piece of equipment I buy unless specifically for resale and since I don't sell prints I don't even get to buy the photo paper tax-free!