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Tax Facts Vol. 18, No. 4

Tax Facts Index

TAX FACTS NEWSLETTER

East Baton Rouge Parish

Department of Finance

Volume 18,  No. 4

October 2007

UPDATE REGARDING THE TAXATION ON STORAGE
OF PROPERTY

Under the authority of the Uniform Local Sales Tax Code, R.S. 47:337.1 et seq., and in accordance with the Uniform Local Sales Tax Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 47:337.91 et seq., the Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators has adopted regulations relating to the tax on the storage of property. In an effort to keep taxpayers up to date regarding taxing issues, the following regulations have been adopted by the City-Parish Revenue Division:

Title 72
UNIFORM LOCAL SALES TAX
Part I.  General Provisions
Chapter 5. Tax on the Storage of Property

501.  Purpose

A. For the purpose of use tax levied by local political subdivisions, storage means the keeping or retention of tangible personal property for use or consumption within the local taxing jurisdiction. An analysis of whether or not a taxable storage event has occurred within a local taxing jurisdiction requires an evaluation of the original sales transaction as well as the subsequent possession and use of the tangible personal property by the purchaser.

503.  Transactions

A. Transactions involving specific pieces of property imported by the purchaser into the local taxing jurisdiction, which have written documentation, i.e., invoices, purchase orders, etc., clearly labeled (earmarked for exclusive use outside the taxing jurisdiction) for transshipment outside the taxing jurisdiction at the time of importation into the taxing jurisdiction, are excluded from use tax. Property may be stored in the taxing jurisdiction for an indefinite period of time, however any disposition of the property for a purpose contrary to that originally labeled (earmarked) would immediately subject the transaction to the use tax in the jurisdiction where stored.

505.  Property that Comes to Rest in the Taxing Jurisdiction

A. Property that comes to rest in the taxing jurisdiction which has been documented for exclusive use outside the taxing jurisdiction may also be excluded from use tax if the purchaser obtains a Temporary Storage Tax Exemption Certificate from the collector prior to or at the time the tangible personal property is imported into the taxing jurisdiction. This certificate would allow the taxpayer/purchaser to store the tangible personal property without the payment of the use tax, however, the purchaser must identify where the tangible personal property will be used on the certificate. If the parish of use is the same as the parish of storage, the tax must be paid at the time of delivery.

507.  Transaction in which Title and Possessions are Transferred

A. Transactions in which title and possession of tangible personal property are transferred within a local taxing jurisdiction are clearly sales at retail and these transactions are not eligible for the temporary storage exclusion. Sales tax is due regardless of whether a Temporary Storage Tax Exemption Certificate has been issued or the property is labeled (earmarked) for use in another jurisdiction. The key factor in the transaction is the delivery in purchaserís taxing jurisdiction via the sellerís vehicle or by the sellerís agent. In such event, the seller is physically giving possession to the purchaser in the purchaserís taxing jurisdiction and a sales tax would be due. Likewise, when the purchaser picks up the property in its own vehicle at the sellerís place of business, title and possession have been transferred and a sales tax would be due in the sellerís taxing jurisdiction.

Please direct any questions regarding these regulations to the Revenue Division at 225-389-3084.

CHANGE IN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE TAX STATUTES

Effective January 1, 2008, R.S. 47:361 (A) has been amended and R.S. 47:354.1 has been enacted to read as follows:

361.  Deductions

A. Petroleum taxes. In calculating the gross sales at bulk or distributing plants engaged in the storage and sale of petroleum products, the taxpayer shall exclude therefrom the part of the purchase price paid by him for gasoline and motor fuels or lubricating oils as shall equal the manufacturerís or dealerís license, privilege, or excise tax levied by federal or state statutes on the manufacturing, handling, storing, selling, or consuming of gasoline, motor fuels, or lubricating oils.

354.1  Retail Dealers in Gasoline and Motor Fuels has also been amended as follows:

For every fixed location retail dealer in gasoline or other motor fuel, the tax shall be computed based on the amount of gallons of gasoline or motor fuel sold using a table provided in R.S.47:354.1 and the amount of gross sales of merchandise, services, and rentals using the table in R.S.47:354. The maximum sum of the tax using the two tables shall not exceed $6,200.00.

Remember to mail your return early!  Returns bearing a U.S. postmark on or after the above delinquent dates will be assessed penalty, interest, and loss of vendor's compensation.

Sales Tax Due Dates

Following are the sales tax due dates for the fourth quarter of 2007:

For the Month of Tax Due Date Delinquent
Date
October November 1 November 21
November December 1 December 21
December January 1 January 22, 2008

Need help?

Taxpayers may contact the Revenue Division by phone or fax to receive assistance between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Taxpayer Assistance: (225) 389-3084
Fax Number: (225) 389-5369

 

Taxpayer Topics

The Tax Facts Newsletter is issued quarterly by the Finance Department/Revenue Division.  Our mission is to provide taxpayers with information concerning developments and policies regarding the collection of local sales and use taxes within East Baton Rouge Parish.  The Revenue Division invites any suggestions, questions or comments that you would like addressed in future issues of Tax Facts.  Please send these items to:

City of Baton Rouge -
 Department of Finance
P. O. Box 2590
Baton Rouge, LA  70821-2590
Attention:  Steve Thomas
or send us an e-mail
 

Department of Finance - Revenue Division
222 St. Louis Street, Room 404
Baton Rouge, LA  70802

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