Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
330.0000 LEASES OF TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY—IN GENERAL—Regulation 1660
(a) IN GENERAL
330.2170 Election—Payment of Tax Measured by Rentals Payable Under Prime Lease or Sublease. The determination of whether tax is due measured by rentals payable under a prime lease or by rentals payable under a sublease is similar to the determination of whether tax is due measured by purchase price or by rentals payable under a prime lease.
A lessor who has elected to pay tax measured by purchase price may not change methods after the lease has commenced and obtain a refund in order to collect tax on rentals payable. Similarly, a lessee who has been paying tax measured by rentals payable under the prime lease may not change methods and treat the lease as for resale in order to collect tax measured by rentals payable under a sublease. That is, once the prime lease has commenced and taxes are paid measured by rentals payable, the sublease is not a sale. The lessee may not change methods and issue the lessor a resale certificate. Thus, a refund is not allowable on this basis (i.e., tax-paid purchases resold). On the other hand, had the lessee issued the lessor a timely resale certificate, the lessor could properly lease the property tax free and taxes would be due on rentals payable under the sublease. (See Annotation 330.2880.) 4/13/90.