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Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2018

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375.0000 MOTION PICTURES—Regulation 1529

Annotation 375.0878


(1) Generally

375.0878 Lighting Equipment and Services. A taxpayer provides lighting direction, lighting equipment and equipment operators to qualified motion picture producers. The charges for the services and the equipment are separately stated on billings to the producers. However, in no case is the equipment provided without the services.

The operating of lighting equipment does not result in a fabrication of any audio-visual embodiment and, thus, does not fall within the definition of "qualified production services" under Regulation 1529. Also, the taxpayer is not leasing out its equipment since it requires the customer to contract for the taxpayer to operate the equipment. The taxpayer does not transfer possession or control of the equipment to the customer. Rather, the taxpayer makes use of its equipment. Therefore, the taxpayer is the consumer of the equipment used to provide lighting services and should pay sales tax reimbursement or use tax at the time of acquiring the equipment used to provide the services. 6/3/97.