Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Sales And Use Tax Law
CHAPTER 4. EXEMPTIONS
Article 1. General Exemptions
6368.1. Watercraft leased for use in interstate or foreign commerce or for commercial fishing. (a) There are exempted from the taxes imposed by this part, the gross receipts from the sale of and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of watercraft which are leased, or are sold to persons for the purpose of leasing, and any sales of tangible personal property becoming a component part of such watercraft in the course of constructing, repairing, cleaning, altering, or improving the same, and charges made for labor and services rendered in respect to such constructing, repairing, cleaning, altering, or improving, if any of the following conditions are met:
(1) The lessee uses the watercraft in interstate and foreign commerce involving the transportation of property or persons for hire.
(2) The watercraft is for use in commercial deep sea fishing operations outside the territorial waters of this state by persons who are regularly engaged in commercial deep sea fishing.
(3) The lessee functionally uses the watercraft 80 percent or more of the time in the transporting for hire of property or persons to vessels or offshore drilling platforms located outside the territorial waters of this state.
(b) For purposes of this section, it shall be rebuttably presumed that a person is not regularly engaged in the business of commercial deep sea fishing if the person has gross receipts from commercial fishing operations of less than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) a year.
(c) For purposes of this section, it shall be rebuttably presumed that the watercraft is not regularly used in the business of transporting for hire property or persons, if the yearly gross receipts of the lessor from the lease of that watercraft to persons using that watercraft in the transportation of property or persons do not exceed 10 percent of the cost of that watercraft to the lessor, or twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), whichever is less.
History.—Added by Stats. 1965, p. 3177, in effect September 17, 1965. Stats. 1979, Ch. 1161, operative January 1, 1980, added "by persons who are regularly engaged in commercial deep sea fishing" to first sentence and added (b). Stats. 1984, Ch. 1707, deleted "to lessees using . . . deep sea fishing" after "purpose of leasing" in (a), added "if any . . . met" and (1), (2), (3) before (b). Stats. 1986, Ch. 1361, effective January 1, 1987, added a rebuttable presumption regarding watercraft not regularly used in interstate or foreign commerce. Stats. 1991, Ch. 236, in effect July 29, 1991, substituted "twenty thousand dollars ($20,000)" for "five thousand dollars ($5,000)" after "of less than" in subdivision (b).
Note.—Sec. 41, Stats. 1986, Ch. 1361 required that:
(a) On January 15, of each year from 1988 to 1992, inclusive, the State Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board shall submit a report to the Legislature on implementation of the provisions of this act, with the exception of Section 40 of this act (for which separate reporting requirements are set out).
(b) The revenue and taxation policy committees of each house of the Legislature shall hold a public hearing no later than June 30 of each year from 1988 to 1992, inclusive, on the reports submitted pursuant to subdivision (a).
(c) The intent of this section is to assure the Legislature the opportunity to oversee the implementation of this act. The intent of the Legislature in enacting this act is to improve enforcement and voluntary compliance with the tax system and cash-pay reporting rules. The intent of the Legislature in enacting this act is not to cause harassment of or undue burden on innocent taxpayers.
Sec. 41 applies to the following Revenue and Taxation Code Sections: 6069, 6071, 6366, 6366.1, 6368, 6368.1, 6452, 6455, 6776, 6777, 7154, 8404, 9355, 30481, 32556, 40188, 41143, and 44186.