Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2014
 

Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law

CHAPTER 3. EXEMPTIONS.1

CHAPTER 3. EXEMPTIONS.1

1Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1053 (AB 2114), operative January 1, 2002

7401. Exemptions. (a) The provisions of this part requiring the payment of motor vehicle fuel taxes do not apply to any of the following:

(1) Any entry or removal from a terminal or refinery of motor vehicle fuel transferred in bulk to a refinery or terminal if the persons involved (including the terminal operator) are licensed suppliers.

(2) The removal of motor vehicle fuel, if all of the following apply:

(A) The motor vehicle fuel is removed by railroad car from an approved refinery and is received at an approved terminal.

(B) The refinery and the terminal are operated by the same licensed supplier.

(C) The refinery is not served by pipeline (other than a pipeline for the receipt of crude oil) or vessel.

(3) Motor vehicle fuel which, pursuant to the contract of sale, is required to be shipped and is shipped to a point outside of this state by a supplier by means of any of the following:

(A) Facilities operated by the supplier.

(B) Delivery by the supplier to a carrier, customs broker, or forwarding agency, whether hired by the purchaser or not, for shipment to the out-of-state point.

(C) Delivery by the supplier to any vessel clearing from a port of this state for a port outside of this state and actually exported from this state in the vessel.

(4) Motor vehicle fuel sold by credit card certified by the United States Department of State to any consulate officer or consulate employee of a foreign government who is not engaged in any private occupation for gain within this state, who uses the motor vehicle fuel in a motor vehicle that is registered with the United States Department of State, and whose government has done either of the following:

(A) Entered into a treaty with the United States providing for the exemption of its representatives from national, state, and municipal taxes.

(B) Granted a similar exemption to representatives of the United States.

(5) Motor vehicle fuel sold to the United States armed forces for use in ships or aircraft, or for use outside this state.

(6) Gasoline blendstocks removed from a pipeline or vessel, when the gasoline blendstocks are received by a licensed industrial user.

(7) Any entry or removal from a terminal or refinery of gasoline blendstocks that are received at an approved terminal or refinery if the person otherwise liable for the tax is a licensed supplier.

(8) Any entry or removal from a terminal or refinery of gasoline blendstocks not in connection with a sale if the person otherwise liable for the tax is a licensed supplier and the person does not use the gasoline blendstocks to produce finished gasoline.

(9) Any entry or removal from a terminal or refinery of gasoline blendstocks in connection with a sale if the person otherwise liable for the tax is a licensed supplier and at the time of sale, such person has an unexpired exemption certificate described in Section 7402 from the buyer and has no reason to believe any information in the certificate is false.

(10) If paragraph (8) or (9) applied to the removal or entry of gasoline blendstocks, any resale made of gasoline blendstocks, when the person has an unexpired exemption certificate described in Section 7402 from the buyer and has no reason to believe any information in the certificate is false.

(11) Motor vehicle fuel sold by a supplier to a train operator for use in a motor vehicle fuel-powered train or for other off-highway use and the supplier has on hand an exemption certificate described in Section 7403 from the train operator.

(b) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Carrier" means a person or firm engaged in the business of transporting for compensation property owned by other persons, and includes both common and contract carriers.

(2) "Forwarding agent" means a person or firm engaged in the business of preparing property for shipment or arranging for its shipment.

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7402. Exemption certificate; gasoline blendstock. (a) The certificate to be provided by a buyer of gasoline blendstocks consists of a statement that is signed under penalty of perjury by a person with authority to bind the buyer. A new certificate must be given if any information in the current certificate changes. The certificate may be included as part of any business records normally used to document a sale. The certificate expires on the earliest of the following dates:

(1) The date one year after the effective date of the certificate.

(2) The date a new certificate is provided by the buyer to the seller.

(b) An exemption certificate for gasoline blendstocks that states that the blendstocks will not be used to produce finished gasoline shall contain that information and be in the form as the board may prescribe.

7403. Exemption certificate; train operator. (a) The certificate to be provided by a train operator consists of a statement that is signed under penalties of perjury by a person with authority to bind the buyer. A new certificate must be given if any information in the current certificate changes. The certificate may be included as part of any business records normally used to document a sale.

(b) An exemption certificate for motor vehicle fuel used in a motor vehicle fuel-powered train or for other off-highway use shall contain that information and be in the form as the board may prescribe.

7403.1. Train operator license. Prior to issuing an exemption certificate as provided in Section 7403, the train operator shall obtain a license from the board. Every application for a license shall be made upon a form prescribed by the board and shall set forth the name under which the applicant transacts or intends to transact business, the location of his or her place or places of business, and such other information as the board may require. The application shall be signed by the owner if a natural person; in the case of an association or partnership, by a member or partner; in the case of a corporation, by an executive officer or some person specifically authorized by the corporation to sign the application.

7403.2. Train operator report. (a) For the privilege of purchasing motor vehicle fuel exempt from taxes under paragraph (11) of subdivision (a) of Section 7401, each train operator must make a report to the board showing:

(1) The name and license number of the supplier from whom it purchased motor vehicle fuel and the number of gallons of motor vehicle fuel purchased that is exempt from the tax.

(2) Any other information required by the board.

(b) Each train operator shall prepare and file with the board a report in the form as prescribed by the board, which may include, but not be limited to, electronic media showing the information in subdivision (a) during each quarterly reporting period. The report shall be filed with the board on or before the last day of the month following the close of the quarterly period to which it relates. To facilitate the administration of this part, the board may require the filing of these reports for other than quarterly periods. Reports shall be authenticated in a form or pursuant to methods as may be prescribed by the board.

(c) All of the administrative provisions of this part relating to a supplier shall be applicable to a train operator.

(d) The board may revoke the train operator's license provided for in Section 7403.1 due to the filing of inaccurate or improper reports.

History.—Stats. 2001, Ch. 429 (AB 309), operative January 1, 2002, added the second sentence. Stats. 2002, Ch. 459 (AB 1936), operative January 1, 2003, deleted "on forms prescribed by the board" after "file with the board" and added "in the form as prescribed by the board, which may include, but not be limited to, electronic media" after "a report" in the first sentence of, and added the fourth sentence to, subdivision (b).

7404. Exemption certificate; purchaser liability. If a purchaser gives an exemption certificate for motor vehicle fuel pursuant to this chapter to the effect that the motor vehicle fuel purchased will be used in an exempt manner, and sells the motor vehicle fuel or uses the motor vehicle fuel in some other manner or for some other purpose, the purchaser will be liable for payment of the tax under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 7360) of this part. The tax, applicable penalties, and interest shall become due and payable and shall be ascertained and determined in the same manner as the backup tax under Section 7727.

History.—Stats. 2001, Ch. 429 (AB 309), operative January 1, 2002, added the second sentence.

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7405. Misuse of exemption certificate. (a) Any person, including any officer or employee of a corporation, who gives an exemption certificate pursuant to this chapter for motor vehicle fuel that he or she knows at the time of purchase is not to be used by him or her or the corporation in an exempt manner, for the purpose of evading payment of the amount of the tax applicable to the transaction, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided in Section 8405.

(b) Any person, including any officer or employee of a corporation, who gives an exemption certificate for motor vehicle fuel pursuant to this chapter that he or she knows at the time of purchase is not to be used by him or her or the corporation in an exempt manner, is liable to the state for the amount of tax that would be due if he or she had not given that certificate. In addition to the tax, the person shall be liable to the state for a penalty of 25 percent of the tax or one thousand dollars ($1,000), whichever is greater, for each certificate issued for personal gain or to evade the payment of taxes.

History.—Stats. 2001, Ch. 429 (AB 309), operative January 1, 2002, substituted "or" for "and" after "percent of the tax" and added ", whichever is greater," after "one thousand dollars ($1,000)" in the second sentence of subdivision (b).