Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2013
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
325.0000 INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE—Regulation 1620
(a) IN GENERAL—SHIPMENTS INTO CALIFORNIA FROM POINTS OUTSIDE STATE
325.0081 Out-of-State Delivery of Motorhome. A California motorhome dealer will make a sale of a motorhome to a California resident who will take delivery out of state. The purchaser will functionally use the motorhome for a period of not less than 90 days outside of California. The vehicle may be registered in California.
Revenue and Taxation Code section 6247 creates a presumption as to the retailer that property delivered outside of California to a purchaser known to be a resident of California is regarded as having been purchased for use in California. The section 6247 presumption may be controverted by a statement in writing, signed by the purchaser, and retained by the dealer that the property was purchased for use outside of California. If the dealer takes a section 6247 statement in good faith, the dealer is no longer responsible for collecting use tax even if the purchaser actually purchased the motorhome for use in California. Under such circumstances, the purchaser, of course, would be liable for the applicable use tax. In order to regard the section 6247 statement as being taken in good faith, the dealer must believe that the motorhome is being purchased for use outside this state and be without knowledge of any facts which would put a reasonable prudent business under similar circumstances on notice that the motorhome is being purchased for use in this state. [See Cal. U. Com Code section 1201(19).] If the dealer obtains a section 6247 statement from a purchaser who requests that the dealer register the vehicle in California, and it is subsequently determined that the purchaser purchased the motorhome for use in California, the dealer's good faith acceptance of the section 6247 statement may be questioned.
If the motorhome is functionally used outside of California in excess of 90 days from the date of purchase prior to the date of entry into California, exclusive of any time of shipment to California, or time of storage for shipment to California, Regulation 1620(b)(4) provides that such use will be accepted as proof of an intent that the motorhome was not purchased for use in California. Therefore, under these circumstances, use tax would not apply. This analysis would apply regardless of whether the motorhome is registered in California. 8/12/96. (Am. 2006–1; Am. 2008–1).
(Note: For the period October 2, 2004 through June 30, 2007, under certain conditions any vehicle, vessel, or aircraft purchased outside of California and brought into the state within 12 months from the date of its purchase is presumed to be acquired for storage, use, or other consumption in California and subject to use tax.) (Regulation 1620(b)(5).)