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AB-1717 Sales and use taxes: administration: qualified use tax: acceptable tax return.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/07/2017 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1717
CHAPTER 175

An act to amend Section 6452.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation.

[ Approved by Governor  August 07, 2017. Filed with Secretary of State  August 07, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1717, Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Sales and use taxes: administration: qualified use tax: acceptable tax return.
Existing sales and use tax laws impose taxes on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. Those laws authorize a person that purchases tangible personal property, the storage, use, or other consumption of which is subject to qualified use tax, to elect to report and remit that tax on an acceptable tax return, defined as a timely filed original return that is filed, as specified.
This bill would modify the definition of acceptable tax return to mean an original return.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 6452.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

6452.1.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 6451, every person that purchases tangible personal property, the storage, use, or other consumption of which is subject to qualified use tax, as defined in subdivision (d), that is otherwise required to report and remit that tax pursuant to this part, may elect to report and remit qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return.
(b) (1) A person that reports qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return is deemed to have made the election authorized by this section.
(2) (A) In the case of a married individual filing a separate California personal income tax return, an election may be made to report either one-half of the qualified use tax or the entire qualified use tax on his or her separate California personal income tax return.
(B) If an individual elects to report one-half of the qualified use tax, that election will not be binding with respect to the remaining one-half of the qualified use tax owed by that individual and that individual’s spouse.
(c) An election to report qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return shall be irrevocable. An acceptable tax return that contains use tax shall be considered a tax return for purposes of this part.
(d) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Acceptable tax return” means an original return that is filed pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 18501) and Article 2 (commencing with Section 18601) of Chapter 2 of Part 10.2, Section 18633 or 18633.5, or Article 3 (commencing with Section 23771) of Chapter 4 of Part 11.
(2) (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), “qualified use tax” means either of the following:
(i) For one or more single nonbusiness purchases of individual items of tangible personal property each with a sales price of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000), either of the following:
(I) The use tax imposed under this part, Article XIII of the California Constitution, in conformity with the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200)), or in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law (Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251)) that has not been paid to a retailer holding a seller’s permit or certificate of registration-use tax.
(II) The estimated amount of use tax as calculated by the board. The board shall annually calculate the estimated amount of use tax due according to a person’s adjusted gross income and by July 30 of each calendar year make available to the Franchise Tax Board those amounts in the form of a use tax table as part of the accompanying instructions of the acceptable tax return.
(ii) For one or more single nonbusiness purchases of individual items of tangible personal property each with a sales price of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more, or for any tangible personal property purchased for use in a trade or business, the amount of use tax imposed under this part, Article XIII of the California Constitution, the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200)), or the Transactions and Use Tax Law (Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251)) that has not been paid to a retailer holding a seller’s permit or certificate of registration-use tax.
(B) “Qualified use tax” does not include:
(i) Use tax imposed on the storage, use, or other consumption of a mobilehome or a commercial coach that is required to be registered annually pursuant to the Health and Safety Code or use tax imposed on the storage, use, or other consumption of a vehicle subject to identification under Division 16.5 (commencing with Section 38000) of the Vehicle Code, or a vehicle that qualifies under the permanent trailer identification plate program pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 5014.1 of the Vehicle Code.
(ii) Use tax imposed on the storage, use, or other consumption of a vehicle, vessel, or aircraft.
(iii) Use tax imposed on a lease of tangible personal property.
(iv) Use tax imposed on the storage, use, or other consumption of cigarettes, tobacco products, or cigarettes and tobacco products for which the purchaser is registered with the board as a cigarette consumer, a tobacco products consumer, or a cigarette and tobacco products consumer.
(e) (1) If a person elects to report qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return, that person shall report and remit the qualified use tax by reporting the amount due based on all taxable purchases of tangible personal property made during the taxable year for which the acceptable tax return is required to be filed. A person that has made one or more single nonbusiness purchases of individual items of tangible personal property each with a sales price of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) may satisfy his or her tax liability for those purchases by using the use tax table shown in the accompanying instructions of the acceptable tax return.
(2) The qualified use tax shall be reported on and remitted with an acceptable tax return that is required to be filed for the taxable year in which the liability for the qualified use tax was incurred.
(f) (1) The penalties and interest imposed under this part, in conformity with the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200)), or in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law (Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251)) shall apply to use tax reported as qualified use tax on an acceptable return.
(2) Any claims for refunds or credits of any use tax reported as qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return shall be made in accordance with Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 6901) of this part.
(3) Qualified use tax shall be considered to be timely reported and remitted for purposes of this part, in conformity with the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200)), and in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law (Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251)), if the qualified use tax is reported on and remitted with an acceptable tax return in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(g) Notwithstanding a person’s payment of qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return, the board is not precluded from making any determinations for understatements of qualified use tax against that person in accordance with this chapter. However, with respect to one or more single nonbusiness purchases of individual items of tangible personal property each with a sales price of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000), the board shall be precluded from making any such determination against any person who uses the use tax table for purposes of satisfying his or her use tax liability when the person uses that table in accordance with the accompanying instructions.
(h) (1) Of payments and credits shown on the return, together with any other credits associated with that person’s tax year, of a person that reports qualified use tax on an acceptable tax return, an amount equal to the qualified use tax liability reported on that acceptable tax return in accordance with this section shall be applied to that liability.
(2) This subdivision shall apply to purchases of tangible personal property made on or after January 1, 2015, in taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
(i) (1) This section does not apply to a person who is otherwise required to hold a seller’s permit or to register with the State Board of Equalization pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 6001) of this division.
(2) Except as otherwise provided, this section applies to purchases of tangible personal property made on or after January 1, 2010, in taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.
(3) The amendments made by Chapter 14 of the Statutes of 2011 shall apply to purchases of tangible personal property made on or after January 1, 2011, in taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.