Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 33852

This rule was published in the August 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 16) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Tax Commission, Auditing

Section R865-19S-80

Printers' Purchases and Sales Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Section 59-12-103

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 33852
Filed: 07/20/2010 11:05:58 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The proposed amendment will treat all transactions in the same manner as bundled transactions are treated under statute.

Summary of the rule or change:

This amendment removes language indicating that in a purchase consisting of taxable and nontaxable items, the nontaxable items must be separately stated on the invoice or the entire purchase is subject to sales tax. The standard for recording these transactions will be in the amended Section R865-19S-4. This amendment will allow the seller to separately state the nontaxable items on the invoice or be able to reasonably identify them from the books and records it keeps in its regular course of business. (DAR NOTE: The amendment to Section R865-19S-4 is under DAR No. 33848 in this issue, August 15, 2010, of the Bulletin.)

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 59-12-103

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

None--The proposed amendment does not impact the amount of tax due only the recordkeeping requirements of the seller.

local governments:

The proposed amendment does not impact the amount of tax due only the recordkeeping requirements of the seller.

small businesses:

None--Sellers are currently acting within the scope of the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment will allow sellers who sell taxable and nontaxable items in a nonbundled transaction the same invoicing options as the seller of a bundled transaction.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

None--Sellers are currently acting within the scope of the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment will allow sellers who sell taxable and nontaxable items in a nonbundled transaction the same invoicing options as the seller of a bundled transaction.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

None--Sellers are currently acting within the scope of the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment will allow sellers who sell taxable and nontaxable items in a nonbundled transaction the same invoicing options as the seller of a bundled transaction.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

None anticipated.

Michael Cragun, Commissioner

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Tax Commission
Auditing
210 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84134

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Michael Cragun at the above address, by phone at 801-297-3907, by FAX at 801-297-3919, or by Internet E-mail at mcragun@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

09/14/2010

This rule may become effective on:

09/21/2010

Authorized by:

R. Bruce Johnson, Tax Commission Chair

RULE TEXT

R865. Tax Commission, Auditing.

R865-19S. Sales and Use Tax.

R865-19S-80. Printers' Purchases and Sales Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Section 59-12-103.

(1) Definitions.

(a)(i) "Pre-press materials" means materials that:

(B) are reusable;

(C) are used in the production of printed matter;

(D) do not become part of the final printed matter; and

(E) are sold to the customer.

(ii) Pre-press materials include film, magnetic media, compact disks, typesetting paper, and printing plates.

(b)(i) "Printer" means a person that reproduces multiple copies of images, regardless of the process employed or the name by which that person is designated.

(ii) A printer includes a person that employs the processes of letterpress, offset, lithography, gravure, engraving, duplicating, silk screen, bindery, or lettership.

(2) Purchases by a printer.

(a)(i) Purchases of tangible personal property by a printer are subject to sales and use tax if the property will be used or consumed by the printer.

(ii) Examples of tangible personal property used or consumed by the printer include conditioners, solvents, developers, and cleaning agents.

(b)(i) A printer may purchase tax free for resale any tangible personal property that becomes a component part of the finished goods for resale.

(ii) Examples of tangible personal property that becomes a component part of the finished goods for resale include glue, stitcher wire, paper, and ink.

(c) A printer may purchase pre-press materials tax free if the printer's invoice, or other written material provided to the purchaser, states that reusable pre-press materials are included with the purchase. A description and the quantity of the actual items used in the order is not necessary. The statement must not restrict the customer from taking physical possession of the pre-press materials.

(d) The tax treatment of a printer's purchase of graphic design services shall be determined in accordance with rule R865-19S-111.

(3) Sales by a printer.

(a) Except as provided in this Subsection (3), a printer shall collect sales and use tax on the following:

(i) charges for printed material, even though the paper may be furnished by the customer;

(ii) charges for envelopes;

(iii) charges for services performed in connection with the printing or the sale of printed matter, such as cutting, folding, and binding;

(iv) charges for pre-press materials purchased tax exempt by the printer; and

(v) charges for reprints and proofs.

(b) Charges for postage are not subject to sales and use tax.

(c) Sales by a printer are exempt from sales and use tax if:

(i) the sale qualifies for exemption under Section 59-12-104; and

(ii) the printer obtains from the purchaser a certificate as set forth in rule R865-19S-23.

(d) If the printer's customer is purchasing printed material for resale, but will not resell the pre-press materials, the printer must collect sales and use tax on the pre-press materials.

(e) If printed material is shipped outside of the state, charges for pre-press materials are exempt from sales tax as a sale of goods sold in interstate commerce only if the pre-press materials are physically shipped out of state with the printed material. If pre-press materials are retained in the state by the printer for any reason, the pre-press materials do not qualify for the sales tax exemption for goods sold in interstate commerce, and as such, the printer must collect sales tax on the part of the transaction relating to the pre-press materials.[

(4) If a sale by a printer consists of items that are subject to sales and use tax as well as items or services that are not taxable, the nontaxable items or services must be separately stated on the invoice or the entire sale is subject to sales and use tax.]

 

KEY: charities, tax exemptions, religious activities, sales tax

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [September 17, 2009]2010

Notice of Continuation: March 13, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 59-12-103

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Michael Cragun at the above address, by phone at 801-297-3907, by FAX at 801-297-3919, or by Internet E-mail at mcragun@utah.gov.