Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
335.0000 LEASES OF MOBILE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT— Regulation 1661
335.0009.700 Collection of Sales Tax from Lessee on Fair Rental Value. A lessor of Mobile Transportation Equipment (MTE) has elected to pay tax on the purchase price of trucks it leases. The lessor indicates that in the future, it wishes to purchase the trucks ex-tax by issuing resale certificates and then collect "sales tax" from its customers based on the fair rental value. To simplify accounting procedures and to treat customers with consistency, the lessor proposes to charge "sales tax" on all truck rentals whether or not it has previously paid tax on the purchase price of a specific truck. All amounts collected as "sales tax" would be remitted to the state.
The use tax liability on the lease of MTE purchased under a resale certificate is payable by the lessor rather than the lessee. Since the lessor did not make a timely election to pay tax on fair rental value for its existing inventory, the lessor has no election to pay tax measured by fair rental value by collecting further tax from the lessees on the tax-paid trucks. The lessor must abide by the tax consequences of its choice on the trucks it paid tax upon the purchase price. 7/30/90.