An Act To Exempt Trailers Sold to Out-of-state Entities from Sales and Use Tax
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, currently, trailers that are manufactured and purchased in Maine and transported out of the State are subject to the sales and use tax; and
Whereas, this places manufacturers of trailers at a disadvantage with manufacturers of trailers in other states that do not impose a sales tax on trailers; and
Whereas, in order to avoid continuing this inequity any longer, it is important that this legislation take effect as soon as possible; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 36 MRSA §1760, sub-§23-C, ¶C, as amended by PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. GGGG, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 36 MRSA §1760, sub-§23-C, ¶E, as amended by PL 2015, c. 300, Pt. A, §17, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 36 MRSA §1760, sub-§23-C, ¶F is enacted to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for trailers that are purchased in the State but then driven or transported outside the State immediately upon delivery. The exemption excludes camper trailers, which are included in the definition of "trailer," since a similar exemption already exists for camper trailers, other than those that are being leased for a period of less than one year.