Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2014
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
325.0000 INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE—Regulation 1620
(a) IN GENERAL—SHIPMENTS INTO CALIFORNIA FROM POINTS OUTSIDE STATE
325.0220 Yacht Moved to California for Repairs. Taxpayer purchased a yacht in South Carolina on October 28, 1994, with the intent to travel outside U.S. waters. The vessel was stored in South Carolina until it was determined that a refit was necessary to make the boat seaworthy and safe for extended sea voyages. The vessel moved to Long Beach, California for the major refit because it was in proximity to Arizona where the owner resides. The vessel arrived in California on February 7, 1995—102 days after the purchase of the vessel. On February 13,1995, the vessel suffered $45,000 in fire damage when the boat next to it burned to the waterline. The refit could not be performed and the vessel could not leave U.S. waters.
The taxpayer is required to establish that the vessel was used outside California for more than 90 days prior to its entry into California, exclusive of time of shipment and time of storage for shipment to California. [See note below.] If the vessel was not used outside California more than 90 days prior to its entry into this state, the taxpayer will be presumed to have purchased the vessel for use in this state and will owe use tax, unless the taxpayer can establish that the vessel was used or stored for one-half or more of the time during the six-month period immediately following its entry into this state (which was February 7, 1995). [See Regulation 1620 (b)(3).] In this case, the vessel was outside the state for ninety days, but there is no evidence of functional use. Lacking such evidence, it will be regarded as purchased for use in California since it was located here for one-half or more of the time during the six-month period following its entry into California. The fact that the vessel was here longer than anticipated because of the fire is not relevant in determining whether the vessel was purchased for use in California. 7/2/96. (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).)