Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


Parts: A B C D

Chapter 382

H.P. 1051 - L.D. 1495

PART B

Sec. B-1. 5 MRSA 13090-K, sub-2, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 439, Pt. UUUU, 1, is amended to read:

2.Source of fund. Beginning July 1, 2003 and every Every July 1st thereafter, the State Controller shall transfer to the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund an amount, as certified by the State Tax Assessor, that is equivalent to 5% 6% of the 7% 8.5% tax imposed on tangible personal property and taxable services pursuant to Title 36, section 1811, for the first 6 months of the prior fiscal year after the reduction for the transfer to the Local Government Fund as described by Title 30-A, section 5681, subsection 5. Beginning on October 1, 2003 and every Every October 1st thereafter, the State Controller shall transfer to the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund an amount, as certified by the State Tax Assessor, that is equivalent to 5% 6% of the 7% 8.5% tax imposed on tangible personal property and taxable services pursuant to Title 36, section 1811, for the last 6 months of the prior fiscal year after the reduction for the transfer to the Local Government Fund. The tax amount must be based on actual sales for that fiscal year and may not consider any accruals that may be required by law. The amount transferred from General Fund sales and use tax revenues does not affect the calculation for the transfer to the Local Government Fund.

Sec. B-2. 10 MRSA 1305, as amended by PL 1997, c. 668, 1, is further amended to read:

1305. Terminal rental adjustment clauses; vehicle leases that are not sales or security interests

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in the case of motor vehicles or trailers, a transaction does not create a sale or security interest merely because the agreement provides that the rental price is permitted or required to be adjusted upward or downward by reference to the amount realized upon sale or other disposition of the motor vehicle or trailer. A transaction may be considered a sale for purposes of Title 36.

Sec. B-3. 23 MRSA 4210-B, sub-7, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 677, 1, is amended to read:

7.Sales tax revenue. Beginning July 1, 2009 and every July 1st thereafter, the State Controller shall transfer to the STAR Transportation Fund an amount, as certified by the State Tax Assessor, that is equivalent to 50% 40% of the revenue from the tax imposed on the value of rental for a period of less than one year of an automobile pursuant to Title 36, section 1811 for the first 6 months of the prior fiscal year after the reduction for the transfer to the Local Government Fund under Title 30-A, section 5681, subsection 5. Beginning on October 1, 2009 and every October 1st thereafter, the State Controller shall transfer to the STAR Transportation Fund an amount, as certified by the State Tax Assessor, that is equivalent to 50% 40% of the revenue from the tax imposed on the value of rental for a period of less than one year of an automobile pursuant to Title 36, section 1811 for the last 6 months of the prior fiscal year after the reduction for the transfer to the Local Government Fund. The tax amount must be based on actual sales for that fiscal year and may not consider any accruals that may be required by law. The amount transferred from General Fund sales and use tax revenues does not affect the calculation for the transfer to the Local Government Fund.

Sec. B-4. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-1-I is enacted to read:

1-I. Administrative support operations. "Administrative support operations" means secretarial activities and supervision of administrative support staff; bookkeeping and accounting services; customer assistance activities; purchasing and receiving activities; human resources activities; and executive, tax compliance and legal support activities.

Sec. B-5. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-1-J is enacted to read:

1-J. Amusement, entertainment and recreation services. "Amusement, entertainment and recreation services" is defined pursuant to this subsection.
A. "Amusement, entertainment and recreation services" means the following:

(1) Admission fees to entertainment venues and performances, including theaters, movies, lectures, concerts, festivals, amusement parks, water parks, fairgrounds, except for licensed agricultural fairs, race tracks, carnivals, circuses, sports activities, stadiums, amphitheaters, museums, planetariums, animal parks, petting zoos, aquariums, historical sites and convention centers;

(2) Fees charged for participation in or entry to miniature golf courses, billiard parlors, go-cart courses and paintball;

(3) Admission fees charged for exhibition shows such as auto, boat, camping, home, garden, animal and antique shows;

(4) Fees charged for scenic and sight-seeing excursions including aircraft, helicopter, balloon, blimp, watercraft, railroad, bus, trolley and wagon rides, whitewater rafting and guided recreation, but excluding scenic and sight-seeing excursions on federally navigable waters; and

(5) Entertainment services such as those provided by bands, orchestras, disc jockeys, comedians, clowns, jugglers, children's entertainers and ventriloquists.

B. "Amusement, entertainment and recreation services" does not include:

(1) Fees charged for admission to a licensed agricultural fair or charges for participation in any events or activities occurring at the fair organized by a school or incorporated nonprofit organization if all the proceeds from the event or activity are used for the charitable purposes of the school or organization;

(2) Fees charged by health clubs and fitness centers;

(3) Fees charged for lessons or training in dance, music, theater, arts and gymnastics, martial arts and other athletic pursuits; or

(4) Fees charged for admission to:

(a) Museums and aquariums operated by a governmental entity or incorporated, nonprofit organization;

(b) Concerts, dance productions, theatrical productions, sports activities or similar events or activities organized and performed by a school or incorporated, nonprofit organization, if all proceeds of the event or activity are used for the charitable purposes of that school or organization; or

(c) Festivals and special events organized by governmental entities, schools or incorporated, nonprofit organizations if all the proceeds of the festival or special event are directed to support a charitable purpose.

Sec. B-6. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-1-K is enacted to read:

1-K. Candy. "Candy" means a preparation of sugar, honey or other natural or artificial sweeteners in combination with chocolate, fruits, nuts or other ingredients or flavorings in the form of bars, drops or pieces and that does not contain flour or require refrigeration.

Sec. B-7. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-2-F is enacted to read:

2-F. Fabrication facility. "Fabrication facility" means a site consisting of at least 35 acres at which the primary business is the performance of fabrication services and any activities associated with or in support of fabrication services.

Sec. B-8. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-2-G is enacted to read:

2-G. Fabrication services. "Fabrication services" means the production of tangible personal property for a consideration for a person who furnishes, either directly or indirectly, the materials used in that production.

Sec. B-9. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-4-A is enacted to read:

4-A. Installation, repair or maintenance services. "Installation, repair or maintenance services" is defined pursuant to this subsection.
A. "Installation, repair or maintenance services" means:

(1) All services involved in the installation, repair or maintenance of jewelry, cameras, guns, musical instruments, electronic and mechanical equipment, lawn and garden equipment, computer hardware and office equipment, vehicles and appliances;

(2) Service and maintenance contracts with regard to personal property identified in subparagraph (1);

(3) Tailoring and clothing and shoe repair; and

(4) Furniture repair and restoration.

B. "Installation, repair or maintenance services" does not include:

(1) Services performed on tangible personal property used or held for use at or located at a manufacturing facility or fabrication facility, other than tangible personal property used in administrative support operations; or

(2) Services involved in the installation, repair or maintenance of computer software, special mobile equipment, aircraft, watercraft or a truck or truck tractor registered in the name of a business as a commercial motor vehicle under Title 29-A, section 504.

Sec. B-10. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-5-D is enacted to read:

5-D. Lease or rental. "Lease" or "rental" includes sublease or subrental and means any transfer of possession or control of tangible personal property for a fixed or indeterminate term for consideration. A lease or rental may include future options to purchase or extend.
A. "Lease" or "rental" includes agreements covering motor vehicles and trailers when the amount of consideration may be increased or decreased by reference to the amount realized upon sale or disposition of the property, as defined in Section 7701(h)(1) of the Code.
B. "Lease" or "rental" does not include:

(1) Any transfer of possession or control of property under a security agreement or deferred payment plan that requires the transfer of title upon completion of the required payments;

(2) Any transfer of possession or control of property under an agreement that requires the transfer of title upon completion of required payments and payment of an option price that does not exceed the greater of $100 and 1% of the total required payments; or

(3) Providing tangible personal property along with an operator for a fixed or indeterminate period of time. A condition of this exclusion is that the operator is necessary for the equipment to perform as designed. For the purpose of this paragraph, an operator must do more than maintain, inspect or set up the tangible personal property.

Sec. B-11. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-8-A, as repealed and replaced by PL 2001, c. 439, Pt. TTTT, 1 and affected by 3, is amended to read:

8-A.Prepared food. "Prepared food" means:
A.Meals served on or off the premises of the retailer;
B.Food and drinks that are prepared by the retailer and ready for consumption without further preparation; and
C.All food and drinks sold from an establishment whose sales of food and drinks that are prepared by the retailer account for more than 75% of the establishment's gross receipts . ; and
D. Candy.

"Prepared food" does not include bulk sales of grocery staples.

Sec. B-12. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-8-C is enacted to read:

8-C. Personal property services. "Personal property services" means the following services related to personal property: dry cleaning; laundry and diaper services not including self-service laundry services; embroidery and monogramming; car washing; pressure cleaning and washing; pet services such as exercising, sitting, training, grooming and boarding for nonmedical purposes; picture framing; domestic services, including house cleaning and furniture and rug cleaning; interior decoration; meal preparation; butchering; art restoration; warehousing and storage, including rental of storage units and warehouse space, but not including warehousing and storage services provided to a business; moving services; vehicle towing; and boat mooring. "Personal property services" does not include fabrication services; installation, repair or maintenance services; services performed on tangible personal property used or held for use at or located at a manufacturing facility or fabrication facility, other than tangible personal property used in administrative support operations; or services performed on aircraft including refurbishing of aircraft.

Sec. B-13. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-11, as amended by PL 2007, c. 627, 42 and affected by 96 and amended by c. 693, 14, is repealed.

Sec. B-14. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-11-A is enacted to read:

11-A. Retail sale. "Retail sale" means any sale, lease or rental of tangible personal property or a taxable service in the ordinary course of business.
A. "Retail sale" includes:

(1) Sale of products for internal human consumption to a person for resale through vending machines when sold to a person more than 50% of whose gross receipts from the retail sale of tangible personal property are derived from sales through vending machines. The tax must be paid by the retailer to the State;

(2) A sale in the ordinary course of business by a retailer to a purchaser who is not engaged in selling that kind of tangible personal property or taxable service in the ordinary course of repeated and successive transactions of like character; and

(3) The sale or liquidation of a business or the sale of substantially all of the assets of a business, to the extent that the seller purchased the assets of the business for resale, lease or rental in the ordinary course of business, except when:

(a) The sale is to an affiliated entity and the transferee, or ultimate transferee in a series of transactions among affiliated entities, purchases the assets for resale, lease or rental in the ordinary course of business; or

(b) The sale is to a person that purchases the assets for resale, lease or rental in the ordinary course of business or that purchases the assets for transfer to an affiliate, directly or through a series of transactions among affiliated entities, for resale, lease or rental by the affiliate in the ordinary course of business.

For purposes of this subparagraph, "affiliate" or "affiliated" includes both direct and indirect affiliates.

B. "Retail sale" does not include:

(1) Any casual sale;

(2) Any sale by a personal representative in the settlement of an estate, unless the sale is made through a retailer or unless the sale is made in the continuation or operation of a business;

(3) The sale of loaner vehicles to a new vehicle dealer licensed as such pursuant to Title 29-A, section 953;

(4) The sale of labor and parts used in the performance of repair services under a service or maintenance contract sold on or after January 1, 2010;

(5) The sale, to a retailer that has been issued a resale certificate pursuant to section 1754-B, subsection 2-B or 2-C, of tangible personal property for resale in the form of tangible personal property, except resale as a casual sale;

(6) The sale, to a retailer that has been issued a resale certificate pursuant to section 1754-B, subsection 2-B or 2-C, of a taxable service for resale, except resale as a casual sale;

(7) The sale, to a retailer that is not required to register under section 1754-B, of tangible personal property for resale outside the State in the form of tangible personal property, except resale as a casual sale;

(8) The sale, to a retailer that is not required to register under section 1754-B, of a taxable service for resale outside the State, except resale as a casual sale; or

(9) The sale, to a person engaged in the business of renting or leasing tangible personal property, of tangible personal property for lease or rental except for property located at a manufacturing or fabrication facility.

Sec. B-15. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-11-B is enacted to read:

11-B. Retirement facility. "Retirement facility" means a facility that includes residential dwelling units where, on an average monthly basis, at least 80% of the residents of the facility are persons 62 years of age or older.

Sec. B-16. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-13, as amended by PL 1981, c. 706, 20, is further amended to read:

13.Sale. "Sale" means any transfer, exchange or barter, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for a consideration and includes leases and contracts payable by rental or license fees for the right of possession and use, but only when such leases and contracts are deemed by the State Tax Assessor to be in lieu of purchase lease or rental of tangible personal property.

Sec. B-17. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-14, B, as amended by PL 2007, c. 627, 43, is further amended to read:

B. "Sale price" does not include:

(1) Discounts allowed and taken on sales;

(2) Allowances in cash or by credit made upon the return of merchandise pursuant to warranty;

(3) The price of property returned by customers, when the full price is refunded either in cash or by credit;

(4) The price received for labor or services used in installing or applying or repairing the property sold, if separately charged or stated;

(5) Any amount charged or collected, in lieu of a gratuity or tip, as a specifically stated service charge, when that amount is to be disbursed by a hotel, restaurant or other eating establishment to its employees as wages;

(6) The amount of any tax imposed by the United States on or with respect to retail sales, whether imposed upon the retailer or the consumer, except any manufacturers', importers', alcohol or tobacco excise tax;

(7) The cost of transportation from the retailer's place of business or other point from which shipment is made directly to the purchaser, provided that those charges are separately stated and the transportation occurs by means of common carrier, contract carrier or the United States mail;

(8) The fee imposed by Title 10, section 1169, subsection 11;

(9) The fee imposed by section 4832, subsection 1;

(10) The lead-acid battery deposit imposed by Title 38, section 1604, subsection 2-B;

(11) Any amount charged or collected by a person engaged in the rental of living quarters as a forfeited room deposit or cancellation fee if the prospective occupant of the living quarters cancels the reservation on or before the scheduled date of arrival; or

(12) The premium on motor vehicle oil changes imposed by Title 10, section 1020, subsection 6.

Sec. B-18. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-14-F is enacted to read:

14-F. Soft drink. "Soft drink" means any nonalcoholic beverage that contains natural or artificial sweeteners. "Soft drink" does not include any beverage that contains milk or milk products, greater than 50% of vegetable or fruit juice by volume or flavored or unflavored soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, grain milk and similar milk substitutes.

Sec. B-19. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-17-B, as amended by PL 2007, c. 410, 2 and affected by 6, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:

17-B. Taxable service. "Taxable service" means:
A. Rental of living quarters in a hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp;
B. Transmission and distribution of electricity;
C. Rental or lease of tangible personal property;
D. Sale of prepaid calling service;
E. Amusement, entertainment and recreation services;
F. Installation, repair and maintenance services;
G. Personal property services; and
H. Transportation and courier services.

Sec. B-20. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-20-B is enacted to read:

20-B. Transportation and courier services. "Transportation and courier services" means in-state transportation of persons or property by limousine and courier services. For the purposes of this Part, "limousine service" means livery service hired for a specific event.

Sec. B-21. 36 MRSA 1752, sub-21, as amended by PL 2005, c. 215, 17, is further amended to read:

21.Use. "Use" includes the exercise in this State of any right or power over tangible personal property incident to its ownership, including the derivation of income, whether received in money or in the form of other benefits, by a lessor from the rental of tangible personal property property located at a manufacturing or fabrication facility located in this State.

Sec. B-22. 36 MRSA 1754-B, sub-1, C, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 640, 3, is amended to read:

C.Every lessor engaged in the leasing of tangible personal property located in this State that does not maintain a place of business in this State but makes retail sales to purchasers from this State;

Sec. B-23. 36 MRSA 1758, as repealed and replaced by PL 1999, c. 708, 24, is repealed.

Sec. B-24. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-6, E, as amended by PL 2007, c. 529, 2, is further amended to read:

E.Served by colleges to employees of the college when the meals are purchased with debit cards issued by the colleges; and

Sec. B-25. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-6, F, as amended by PL 2009, c. 211, Pt. B, 30, is further amended to read:

F.Served by youth camps licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services and defined in Title 22, section 2491, subsection 16 . ; and

Sec. B-26. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-6, G is enacted to read:

G. Served by a retirement facility to its residents when the cost of the meals is included in a comprehensive fee that includes the right to reside in a residential dwelling unit and meals or other services, whether that fee is charged annually, monthly, weekly or daily.

Sec. B-27. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-32-A is enacted to read:

32-A. Services to certain machinery and equipment. Sales of taxable services performed on machinery and equipment exempt from sales tax under subsections 29 to 32 or subsection 87 or that is eligible for refund or exemption under section 2013.

Sec. B-28. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-45, as amended by PL 2007, c. 691, 1 and affected by 2, is further amended to read:

45.Certain property purchased outside State. Sales of property purchased and used by the present owner outside the State:
A.If the property is an automobile, as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 7, and if the owner is an individual who was, at the time of purchase, a resident of the other state and either employed or registered to vote there;
A-1.If the property is a watercraft that is registered outside the State by an owner who is an individual who was a resident of another state at the time of purchase and the watercraft is present in the State not more than 30 days during the 12 months following its purchase for a purpose other than temporary storage;
A-2.If the property is a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle as defined in Title 12, section 13001 and the purchaser is an individual who is not a resident of the State;
A-3.If the property is an aircraft not exempted under subsection 88 and the owner at the time of purchase was a resident of another state or tax jurisdiction and the aircraft is present in this State not more than 20 days during the 12 months following its purchase, exclusive of days during which the aircraft is in this State for the purpose of undergoing "major alterations," "major repairs" or "preventive maintenance" as those terms are described in 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix A to Part 43, as in effect on January 1, 2005. For the purposes of this paragraph, the location of an aircraft on the ground in the State at any time during a day is considered presence in the State for that entire day, and a day must be disregarded if at any time during that day the aircraft is used to provide free emergency or compassionate air transportation arranged by an incorporated nonprofit organization providing free air transportation in private aircraft by volunteer pilots so children and adults may access life-saving medical care; or
B.For more than 12 months in all other cases.

Property, other than automobiles, watercraft, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and aircraft, that is required to be registered for use in this State does not qualify for this exemption unless it was registered by its present owner outside this State more than 12 months prior to its registration in this State. If property required to be registered for use in this State was not required to be registered for use outside this State, the owner must be able to document actual use of the property outside this State for more than 12 months prior to its registration in this State. For purposes of this subsection, "use" does not include storage but means actual use of the property for a purpose consistent with its design. This exemption does not apply to leased property.

Sec. B-29. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-82-A is enacted to read:

82-A. Sales of taxable services delivered outside this State. Sales of taxable services performed on or with respect to tangible personal property located outside this State or when the property is brought into this State for performance of the services, and, following the performance of the services, the seller delivers the property to a location outside this State or to the United States Postal Service, a common carrier or a contract carrier hired by the seller for delivery to a location outside this State for use solely outside this State.

Sec. B-30. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-92 is enacted to read:

92. Certain services. Sales of services that are subject to taxation under chapter 358.

Sec. B-31. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-93 is enacted to read:

93. Certain taxable services. The sale of a taxable service sold by a person that has made sales taxable under this Part during the most recent calendar year of no more than $5,000.

Sec. B-32. 36 MRSA 1760, sub-94 is enacted to read:

94. Services to affiliates. Sales of installation, repair or maintenance services made between affiliated taxpayers that are engaged in a unitary business as defined in section 5102, subsection 10-A.

Sec. B-33. 36 MRSA 1760-C, as amended by PL 2007, c. 437, 11, is further amended to read:

1760-C. Exempt activities

The tax exemptions provided by section 1760 to a person based upon its charitable, nonprofit or other public purposes apply only if the property or service purchased is intended to be used by the person primarily in the activity identified by the particular exemption. The tax exemptions provided by section 1760 to a person based upon its charitable, nonprofit or other public purposes do not apply where title is held or taken by the person as security for any financing arrangement. Exemption certificates issued by the State Tax Assessor pursuant to section 1760 must identify the exempt activity and must state that the certificate may be used by the holder only when purchasing property or services intended to be used by the holder primarily in the exempt activity. If the holder of an exemption certificate furnishes that certificate to a person for use in purchasing tangible personal property or taxable services that are physically incorporated in, and become a permanent part of, real property that is not used by the holder of the certificate primarily in the exempt activity, the State Tax Assessor may assess the unpaid tax against the holder of the certificate as provided in section 141. When an otherwise qualifying person is engaged in both exempt and nonexempt activities, an exemption certificate may be issued to the person only if the person has established to the satisfaction of the assessor that the applicant has adequate accounting controls to limit the use of the certificate to exempt purchases. The tax exemptions provided by section 1760 to a person based upon its charitable, nonprofit or other public purposes, except for those exemptions provided in section 1760, subsection 6, do not apply to the sale of meals or lodging or the rental of automobiles.

Sec. B-34. 36 MRSA 1763, as amended by PL 2007, c. 693, 16, is further amended to read:

1763. Presumptions

The burden of proving that a transaction was not taxable is on the person charged with tax liability. The presumption that a sale was not for resale may be overcome during an audit or upon reconsideration if the seller proves that the purchaser was the holder of a currently valid resale certificate as provided in section 1754-B at the time of the sale or proves through other means that the property purchased was purchased for resale by the purchaser in the ordinary course of business. Notwithstanding section 1752, subsection 11 11-A, paragraph B, if the seller satisfies the seller's burden of proof, the sale is not considered a retail sale.

Sec. B-35. 36 MRSA 1811, first , as repealed and replaced by PL 2007, c. 627, 51 and affected by 96, is amended to read:

A tax is imposed on the value of all tangible personal property and taxable services sold at retail in this State. The rate of tax is 7% 8.5% on the value of liquor sold in licensed establishments as defined in Title 28-A, section 2, subsection 15, in accordance with Title 28-A, chapter 43; 7% 8.5% on the value of rental of living quarters in any hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp ; 7% on the value of rental of living quarters in a trailer camp; 10% 12.5% on the value of rental for a period of less than one year of an automobile, including a loaner vehicle that is provided other than to a motor vehicle dealer's service customers pursuant to a manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty; 7% 8.5% on the value of prepared food; and 5% on the value of all other tangible personal property and taxable services. Value is measured by the sale price, except as otherwise provided. The value of rental for a period of less than one year of an automobile is the total rental charged to the lessee and includes, but is not limited to, maintenance and service contracts, drop-off or pick-up fees, airport surcharges, mileage fees and any separately itemized charges on the rental agreement to recover the owner’s estimated costs of the charges imposed by government authority for title fees, inspection fees, local excise tax and agent fees on all vehicles in its rental fleet registered in the State. All fees must be disclosed when an estimated quote is provided to the lessee.

Sec. B-36. 36 MRSA 1811, 3rd , as repealed and replaced by PL 2003, c. 510, Pt. C, 12 and affected by 13, is repealed.

Sec. B-37. 36 MRSA 1812, sub-1, as reallocated by PL 1999, c. 790, Pt. A, 48, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:

1. Computation. Every retailer must add the sales tax imposed by section 1811 to the sale price on all sales of tangible personal property and taxable services that are subject to tax under this Part. The tax when so added is a debt of the purchaser to the retailer until it is paid and is recoverable at law by the retailer from the purchaser in the same manner as the sale price. When the sale price involves a fraction of a dollar, the tax computation must be carried to the 3rd decimal place, then rounded down to the next whole cent whenever the 3rd decimal place is one, 2, 3 or 4 and rounded up to the next whole cent whenever the 3rd decimal place is 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9.

Sec. B-38. 36 MRSA 1812, sub-2, as amended by PL 1991, c. 846, 24, is further amended to read:

2.Several items. When several purchases are made together and at the same time, the tax must may be computed on each item individually or on the total amount of the several items, except that purchases taxed at different rates must be separately totaled as the retailer may elect.

Sec. B-39. 36 MRSA 1817 is enacted to read:

1817. Accelerated payment of tax on leases and rentals

Except as provided in section 1818, the tax imposed by this Part on the rental or lease of tangible personal property must be collected by the lessor at the time the property that is the subject of the lease is delivered to the lessee or at the time the initial payment under the lease is required to be made by the lessee, whichever is earlier, on the basis of the total amount of the consideration to be paid by the lessee under the terms of the lease agreement. If the total amount of the consideration for the lease includes amounts that are not calculated at the time the lease is executed, the tax attributable to those amounts must be collected by the lessor at the time those amounts are billed to the lessee. In the case of an open-end lease, the tax must be collected by the lessor on the basis of the total amount to be paid during the initial fixed term of the lease, and then for each subsequent renewal period as it comes due. For purposes of this section, "consideration" includes, without limitation, the amount of any down payment, trade-in credit or 3rd-party rebate that is applied to reduce the cost of the leased property upon which the lease payments are computed. This section does not apply to a lease associated with a sale and leaseback transaction when that sale and leaseback occurs within 90 days of the lessee’s original purchase of the equipment.

Sec. B-40. 36 MRSA 1818 is enacted to read:

1818. Leases and rentals of manufacturing or fabrication facility property

With regard to property located at a manufacturing or fabrication facility, the tax imposed by this Part must be paid by the lessor based on the acquisition cost of the machinery or equipment. Lease or rental payments by the lessee or renter are not subject to tax under this Part.

Sec. B-41. 36 MRSA 1861, as amended by PL 1995, c. 640, 6, is further amended to read:

1861. Imposition

A tax is imposed, at the respective rate provided in section 1811, on the storage, use or other consumption in this State of tangible personal property or a taxable service, the sale of which would be subject to tax under section 1764 or 1811. Every person so storing, using or otherwise consuming is liable for the tax until the person has paid the tax or has taken a receipt from the seller, as duly authorized by the assessor, showing that the seller has collected the sales or use tax, in which case the seller is liable for it. Retailers registered under section 1754-B or 1756 shall collect the tax and make remittance to the assessor. The amount of the tax payable by the purchaser is that provided in the case of sales taxes by section 1812. When tangible personal property is leased outside the State and subsequently brought into the State, the tax due under this section is the proportion of the tax otherwise due under this Part that the remaining portion of the lease bears to the entire term of the lease. When tangible personal property purchased for resale is withdrawn from inventory by the retailer for the retailer's own use, use tax liability accrues at the date of withdrawal.

Sec. B-42. 36 MRSA 1862, as amended by PL 1987, c. 772, 24, is further amended to read:

1862. Taxes paid in other jurisdictions

The use tax provisions of chapters 211 to 225 shall imposed by this Part does not apply with respect to the use, storage or other consumption in this State of purchases outside the State where the purchaser has paid a sales or use tax equal to or greater than the amount imposed by chapters 211 to 225 this Part in another taxing jurisdiction , the proof of payment of the tax to be according to rules made by the State Tax Assessor. If the amount of sales or use tax paid in another taxing jurisdiction is not equal to or greater than the amount of tax imposed by chapters 211 to 225 this Part, then the purchaser shall pay to the State Tax Assessor an amount sufficient to make the total amount of tax paid in the other taxing jurisdiction and in this State equal to the amount imposed by chapters 211 to 225 this Part. When tangible personal property is leased outside the State and subsequently brought into the State, the credit allowed under this section may not exceed the proportion of the tax otherwise due under this Part that the period for which the property was leased in the other taxing jurisdiction bears to the entire term of the lease.

Sec. B-43. 36 MRSA 2020 is enacted to read:

2020. Removal from the State of leased property

If leased property with respect to which the tax imposed by this Part has been paid on an accelerated basis is permanently removed from the State, the lessee is entitled to a refund of the tax allocable to that portion of the lease that remains in effect after the property has been removed from the State. A refund may not be issued unless the taxing jurisdiction to which the property is removed allows a corresponding refund or does not impose tax on any portion of the lease of property that remains after the property is removed from that taxing jurisdiction. A refund may not be issued if the other taxing jurisdiction allows a credit to the lessee for the sales or use tax paid in this State on the lease transaction. The refund must be requested in accordance with the provisions of section 2011.

Sec. B-44. 36 MRSA 2021 is enacted to read:

2021. Early termination of lease

If a lease on property with respect to which the tax imposed by this Part has been paid on an accelerated basis is terminated by the lessee before the expiration of the lease term, the lessee is entitled to a refund of the tax allocable to that portion of the remaining lease payments. A refund may not be issued if the early termination is the result of an option to purchase the leased property or the lease has been terminated due to nonpayment.

Sec. B-45. 36 MRSA 2551, sub-1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 673, Pt. V, 25 and affected by 29, is repealed.

Sec. B-46. 36 MRSA 2557, sub-33, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 627, 74, is amended to read:

33.International telecommunications service. Sales of international telecommunications service to a business; and

Sec. B-47. 36 MRSA 2557, sub-34, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 627, 75, is amended to read:

34.Interstate telecommunications service. Sales of interstate telecommunications service to a business.

Sec. B-48. 36 MRSA c. 720 is enacted to read:

CHAPTER 720

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION FEE

4851. Airport transportation fee imposed

A fee of $1 per passenger is imposed on a taxicab operator or a limousine operator, not subject to sales tax under Part 3, for each conveyance originating from or terminating at a commercial airport.

4852. Administration

The fee imposed by this chapter is administered as provided in chapter 7 and Part 3, with the fee imposed pursuant to this chapter to be considered as imposed under Part 3.

Sec. B-49. Rules. The State Tax Assessor, no later than November 1, 2009, shall develop informational bulletins for affected businesses describing in detail the sales tax changes contained in this Part. When developing this information the State Tax Assessor shall consult with and be guided by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. The State Tax Assessor shall concurrently adopt major substantive rules to implement the changes contained in this Part pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. Major substantive rules must be proposed in time to be considered by the Legislature during the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature.

Sec. B-50. Monthly reports. The State Tax Assessor shall provide monthly reports to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation through April 1, 2010 regarding the State's activities in implementing the provisions of this Part that broaden the sales tax base and increase the sales tax on prepared meals, lodging and rentals of automobiles for less than one year. The report must include:

1. Information for taxpayers. A plan for providing information to taxpayers and the public about new sales and use tax obligations under this Part;

2. Implementation progress. Progress reports on implementation of the plan and copies of taxpayer materials and informational materials that are proposed for issuance by the assessor; and

3. Materials. Copies of proposed bulletins and taxpayer guidance materials.

The assessor shall inform the committee about implementation issues and shall seek the committee’s advice on implementation and proposed rules. The committee may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature regarding implementation of the provisions of this Part that broaden the sales tax base and increase the sales tax on prepared meals, lodging and rentals of automobiles for less than one year.

Sec. B-51. Application date. Those portions of this Part that affect the taxation of leases and rentals of tangible personal property apply to leases entered into, extended or renewed on or after April 1, 2010.

Sec. B-52. Effective date. This Part takes effect January 1, 2010, except that the 12.5% sales and use tax on short-term automobile rentals imposed pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1811, first paragraph takes effect October 1, 2009.

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