Maine Revised Statutes

§2017. Qualified community wind power generator; reimbursement of certain taxes

1. Definitions.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Primarily" means more than 50% of the time during the period that begins on the date on which the property is first placed in service by the purchaser and ends 2 years from that date or at the time the property is sold, destroyed or otherwise permanently removed from service by the purchaser, whichever occurs first. [2005, c. 646, §6 (NEW).]
A-1. "Community wind power generation facility" means an electricity-generating facility at any one site with an instantaneous generating nameplate capacity of not more than 10 megawatts that is powered entirely by wind energy. [2007, c. 693, §17 (NEW).]
B. "Qualified community wind power generator" means a person that has been certified as a community wind power generator by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Title 35-A, section 3403, subsection 3. [2007, c. 693, §18 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF).]
[ 2007, c. 693, §§17, 18 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF) .]
2. Reimbursement allowed.  A reimbursement is allowed as provided in this section for a tax paid pursuant to this Part with respect to the sale or use of tangible personal property that is physically incorporated in and becomes a permanent part of real property that is owned by or sold to a qualified community wind power generator and that is used directly and primarily in the generation of electricity at a community wind power generation facility in this State.
[ 2007, c. 693, §19 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF) .]
3. Claim for reimbursement.  Claims under this section for reimbursement of taxes are controlled by this subsection.
A. A claim for reimbursement under this section must be filed by the contractor or subcontractor with the State Tax Assessor within 3 years from the date on which the tangible personal property was incorporated into real property. The reimbursement claim must be submitted on a form prescribed by the assessor and must be accompanied by a statement from a qualified community wind power generator certifying, under penalties of perjury, that the personal property with respect to which the tax was paid by the claimant has been placed in use directly and primarily in the generation of electricity in this State at a community wind power generation facility. All records pertaining to such certification and to the transactions in question must be retained for at least 6 years by the contractor or subcontractor, by the qualified community wind power generator and by the person, if any, that sold the real property in question to the qualified community wind power generator. The reimbursement claim must be accompanied by such additional information as the assessor may require. If a sales or use tax is included in the contractor's or subcontractor's contract price, the contractor or subcontractor shall file, at the request of the qualified community wind power generator, a claim for reimbursement in accordance with this section and pay the reimbursement to the qualified community wind power generator. [2007, c. 693, §20 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF).]
B. If, by agreement between the contractor or subcontractor and the qualified community wind power generator, the contractor or subcontractor assigns its right to claim and receive reimbursement, the qualified community wind power generator must file a claim for reimbursement in accordance with this subsection. Reimbursement may not be issued to a qualified community wind power generator under this paragraph unless the contractor or subcontractor has previously submitted to the assessor a certificate, signed by the contractor or subcontractor, releasing the contractor's or subcontractor's claim to the reimbursement. The certificate must be in a format prescribed by the assessor. [2007, c. 693, §20 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF).]
[ 2007, c. 693, §20 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF) .]
4. Limitations.  Limitations on reimbursements made pursuant to this section are governed by this subsection.
A. Reimbursements made by the State Tax Assessor pursuant to this section are limited to taxes paid in connection with sales of tangible personal property that occur within a period of 5 years from the date the qualified community wind power generator receiving the property is certified pursuant to Title 35-A, section 3403, subsection 3 or by December 31, 2011, whichever occurs first. [2007, c. 693, §21 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF).]
B. Reimbursement pursuant to this section of taxes paid in connection with the sale of tangible personal property subsequently attached to real property may not be made when those real property improvements:
(1) Are owned by more than one person prior to their acquisition by the qualified community wind power generator whose certification accompanies the reimbursement claim pursuant to subsection 3; or
(2) Have been used for a business purpose by a person other than the qualified community wind power generator whose certification accompanies the reimbursement claim pursuant to subsection 3. [2005, c. 646, §6 (NEW).]
[ 2007, c. 693, §21 (AMD); 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF) .]
5. Audit.  The State Tax Assessor has the authority to audit any claim filed under this section. If the assessor determines that the amount of the claimed reimbursement is incorrect, the assessor shall redetermine the claim and notify the claimant in writing of the redetermination. If the claimant has received reimbursement of an amount that the assessor concludes should not have been reimbursed, the assessor may issue an assessment for that amount within 3 years from the date the reimbursement claim was filed or at any time if a fraudulent reimbursement claim was filed. The claimant may seek reconsideration, pursuant to section 151, of the redetermination or assessment.
[ 2005, c. 646, §6 (NEW) .]
6. Payment of claims.  The State Tax Assessor shall determine the benefit for each claimant under this section and certify to the State Controller the amount to be transferred to the qualified community wind power generator reimbursement reserve account established, maintained and administered by the State Controller from General Fund undedicated revenue within the sales tax category. The assessor shall pay the certified amounts to each approved applicant qualifying for the benefit under this section within 30 days after receipt of a properly completed claim. Interest is not allowed on any payment made to a claimant pursuant to this section.
§2017. Reimbursement of certain taxes relating to advanced communications technology infrastructure
(As enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §4 is to REALLLOCATED TO TITLE 36, SECTION 2018)
SECTION HISTORY
2005, c. 646, §6 (NEW). 2005, c. 665, §4 (NEW). 2007, c. 466, Pt. A, §61 (RAL). 2007, c. 693, §§17-21 (AMD). 2007, c. 693, §37 (AFF).

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