Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 33853

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-85

Sales and Use Tax Exemptions for Certain Purchases by a Manufacturing Facility Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Section 59-12-104

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 33853
Filed: 07/20/2010 11:18:30 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:

The 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. The amendment also makes technical changes. (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 59-12-104

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-85. Sales and Use Tax Exemptions for Certain Purchases by a Manufacturing Facility Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Section 59-12-104.

(1) Definitions:

(a) "Establishment" means an economic unit of operations, that is generally at a single physical location in Utah, where qualifying manufacturing processes are performed. If a business operates in more than one location (e.g., branch or satellite offices), each physical location is considered separately from any other locations operated by the same business.

(b) "Machinery and equipment" means:

(i) electronic or mechanical devices incorporated into a manufacturing process from the initial stage where actual processing begins, through the completion of the finished end product, and including final processing, finishing, or packaging of articles sold as tangible personal property. This definition includes automated material handling and storage devices when those devices are part of the integrated continuous production cycle; and

(ii) any accessory that is essential to a continuous manufacturing process. Accessories essential to a continuous manufacturing process include:

(A) bits, jigs, molds, or devices that control the operation of machinery and equipment; and

(B) gas, water, electricity, or other similar supply lines installed for the operation of the manufacturing equipment, but only if the primary use of the supply line is for the operation of the manufacturing equipment.

(c) "Manufacturer" means a person who functions within a manufacturing facility.

(2) The sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of machinery and equipment by a manufacturing facility applies only to purchases or leases of tangible personal property used in the actual manufacturing process.

(a) The exemptions do not apply to purchases of [real property or] items of tangible personal property that become part of the real property in which the manufacturing operation is conducted.

(b) Purchases of qualifying machinery and equipment are treated as purchases of tangible personal property under R865-19S-58, even if the item is affixed to real property upon installation.

(3) Machinery and equipment used for a nonmanufacturing activity qualify for the exemption if the machinery and equipment are primarily used in manufacturing activities. Examples of nonmanufacturing activities include:

(a) research and development;

(b) refrigerated or other storage of raw materials, component parts, or finished product; or

(c) shipment of the finished product.

(4) Where manufacturing activities and nonmanufacturing activities are performed at a single physical location, machinery and equipment purchased for use in the manufacturing operation are eligible for the sales and use tax exemption if the manufacturing operation constitutes a separate and distinct manufacturing establishment.

(a) Each activity is treated as a separate and distinct establishment if:

(i) no single SIC code includes those activities combined; or

(ii) each activity comprises a separate legal entity.

(b) Machinery and equipment used in both manufacturing activities and nonmanufacturing activities qualify for the exemption only if the machinery and equipment are primarily used in manufacturing activities.

(5) The manufacturer shall retain records to support the claim that the machinery and equipment are qualified for exemption from sales and use tax under the provisions of this rule and Section 59-12-104.[

(6) If a purchase consists of items that are exempt from sales and use tax under this rule and Section 59-12-104, and items that are subject to tax, the tax exempt items must be separately stated on the invoice or the entire purchase will be subject to 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: 59-12-104

 


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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.