Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017

Sales and Use Tax Annotations

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Annotation 280.0390

280.0390 Donations. A person who donates property is the consumer of that property for purposes of the application of sales and use tax. Consumption occurs when title passes from the donor to the donee. Thus, if a donor transfers property to a carrier in California or places it in the mail in California, the donor has made a use of the property in California and he/she is liable for use tax if he/she had purchased the property extax under resale certificate or outside California. The destination of the property, whether in California or outside California has no significance. If delivered in California there is no exception on account of a subsequent shipment of property outside California. Conversely, if the property was shipped by common carrier from outside California or placed in the mail outside California, the donor is regarded as having consumed the property outside California. No tax is due from donees receiving and using the property in California since the donees did not purchase the property. 1/8/92.