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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61050]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )

PART 7. INSURANCE TAXATION [12001 - 13170]

  ( Part 7 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 113. )

CHAPTER 3. All Insurance Other Than Ocean Marine [12201 - 12260]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 113. )

ARTICLE 2. Basis of Tax for Other Than Title Insurers [12221 - 12222]
  ( Article 2 repealed (comm. with Section 12276) and added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 740. )


In the case of an insurer not transacting title insurance in this State, the basis of the tax is, in respect to each year, the amount of gross premiums, less return premiums, received in such year by such insurer upon its business done in this State. “Gross premiums” do not include premiums received for reinsurance and for ocean marine insurance. Gross premiums of reciprocal or interinsurance exchanges shall be determined as provided in Section 1530 of the Insurance Code. For purposes of the tax imposed by this chapter, “gross premiums” shall be deemed to include home protection contract fees defined in Section 12740 of the Insurance Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 820, Sec. 17.)


Funds accepted by a life insurer under an agreement which provides for an accumulation of funds to purchase annuities at future dates may be considered as “gross premiums received” either upon receipt or upon the actual application of such funds to the purchase of annuities. However, any interest credited to funds accumulated while under the latter alternative shall also be included in “gross premiums received,” and any funds taxed upon receipt, including any interest later credited thereto, shall not be subject to taxation upon the purchase of annuities. Each life insurer shall signify on its premium tax return covering premiums for the calendar year 1957 its election between such two alternatives. Thereafter an insurer shall not change such election without the consent of the commissioner. Any such funds taxed as “gross premiums” shall, in the event of withdrawal of the funds before their actual application to the purchase of annuities, be eligible to be included as “return premiums” if eligible therefor under the provisions of Section 28 of Article XIII of the Constitution.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 311.)

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