GSA SmartTax's Promise: GSA SmartTax will support agency/organizations by providing current information, products, and services about State tax legislation, and the impact on agency mission and operations.

About GSA SmartTax

Origin and Purpose
The GSA SmartTax communications campaign provides unified messaging about state tax requirements, leading practices, and lessons learned.  The goal of messaging is to target stakeholders at critical decision points (e.g., the point of sale) and to help federal government employees and vendors understand when it is appropriate to assess state tax on a GSA SmartPay Charge Card, and when it is not.

The GSA SmartTax campaign also aligns with Executive Order 13589 Promoting Efficient Spending, issued on November 9, 2011.  Through a better understanding of the state tax issues, agency/organizations may better preserve budgets for mission critical activities.

GSA SmartTax Stakeholders
The point of sale is the critical point of tax assessment, as that is when a cardholder provides a charge card for payment and the vendor decides whether or not to assess the tax.  Below are key travel stakeholders on both sides of the transaction for targeted messaging:


  • Agency CFOs
  • Charge Cardholders
  • A/OPCs (Level 1-8)
  • GSA FedRooms Hotel Program


  • Vendor Corporate Offices
  • FedRooms Hotel Council
  • Professional Organizations
  • State Taxing Authorities
  • State Audit Offices
  • Regional and National Tax Associations


The GSA SmartPay® program provides charge cards to agencies/departments throughout the U.S. government, as well as tribal governments, through master contracts that are negotiated with major national banks.

SmartPay® Charge Cards are for Official U.S. Government usage only.


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