HOUSE BILL NO. 1690
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
C 193 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representatives Prince, Day and D. Sommers; by request of Department of Licensing
Read first time 2/1/89 and referred to Committee on Transportation.
AN ACT Relating to the motor vehicle fuel tax; amending RCW 82.36.230, 82.38.030, and 82.42.030; adding a new section to chapter 82.36 RCW; repealing RCW 82.36.302; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 82.36.230, chapter 15, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 2, chapter 156, Laws of 1971 ex. sess. and RCW 82.36.230 are each amended to read as follows:
provisions of this chapter requiring the payment of taxes ((
not apply to motor vehicle fuel imported into the state in interstate or
foreign commerce and intended to be sold while (( they are)) in
interstate or foreign commerce, nor to motor vehicle fuel(( ,)) exported
from this state by a qualified distributor, nor to sales by a distributor of
motor vehicle fuel (( in individual quantities of five hundred gallons or
less)) for export to another state or country by the purchaser (( other
than in the supply tank of a motor vehicle: PROVIDED, That such distributor is
licensed in the state of destination to collect and remit the applicable
destination state taxes thereon)), nor to any motor vehicle fuel sold by a
qualified distributor to the armed forces of the United States or to the
national guard for use exclusively in ships or for export from this state.
The distributor shall report such imports, exports and sales to the director (( as
hereinafter provided and)) at such times, on such forms, and in such detail
as (( he)) the director may require, otherwise the exemption
granted in this section (( shall be)) is null and void, and all
fuel shall be considered distributed in this state fully subject to the
provisions of this chapter. Each invoice covering (( such)) exempt sales
shall have the statement "Ex Washington Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax"
clearly marked thereon.
any exemption from taxes under this section on account of ((
sales by a licensed distributor of motor vehicle fuel (( by a
distributor other than deliveries in his own equipment, such distributor shall execute
an export certificate in such form as shall be furnished by the director,
containing a statement, made by some person having actual knowledge of the fact
of exportation, that the motor vehicle fuel has been exported from the state,
and giving such details with reference to such shipment as the director may
require. All export certificates must be completed and filed with the director
within three months of the end of the calendar month in which the shipments to
which they relate were made, unless the state, territory or country of
destination would not be prejudiced with respect to its collection of taxes
thereon if the certificate is not filed within such time. The director may, in
cases where it is believed no useful purpose would be served by filing of an
export certificate, waive the certificate: PROVIDED, That the director for
good cause shall have the right to rescind the previous authorization for
waiver of the export certificate. Failure to file the certificate within the
time required by this section shall not preclude the distributor from filing a
claim for refund on motor vehicle fuel exported as provided in RCW 82.36.310 or
otherwise in chapter 82.36 RCW, with such information as the director may
require to support the validity of such claim)) for export, the
purchaser shall obtain from the selling distributor, and such selling
distributor must furnish the purchaser, an invoice giving such details of the
sale for export as the director may require, copies of which shall be furnished
the department and the entity of the state or foreign jurisdiction of
destination which is charged by the laws of that state or foreign jurisdiction
with the control or monitoring, or both, of the sales or movement of motor
vehicle fuel in that state or foreign jurisdiction.
any exemption from taxes under this section on account of sales of motor
vehicle fuel to the armed forces of the United States or to the national guard,
the distributor shall be required to execute an exemption certificate in such
form as shall be furnished by the director, containing a certified statement by
an authorized officer of the armed forces having actual knowledge of the
purpose for which the exemption is claimed. Any claim for exemption based on
such sales shall be made by the distributor within six months of the date of
sale. The provisions of this section exempting motor vehicle fuel sold to the
armed forces of the United States or to the national guard from the tax imposed
shall)) do not apply to any motor vehicle fuel sold
to contractors purchasing such fuel either for their own account or as the
agents of the United States or the national guard for use in the performance of
contracts with the armed forces of the United States or the national guard.
support of any exemption from taxes on account of sales of motor vehicle fuel
in individual quantities of five hundred gallons or less for export by the
purchaser, the distributor shall retain in his files for at least three years
an export certificate executed by the purchaser in such form and containing
such information as shall be prescribed by the director. This certificate
shall be prima facie evidence of the exportation of the motor vehicle fuel to
which it applies only if accepted by the distributor in good faith.))
director may at any time require of any distributor any information ((
the director deems necessary to determine the validity of the claimed
exemption, and failure to supply such data will constitute a waiver of all
right to the exemption claimed. The director is hereby empowered with full
authority to promulgate rules and regulations and to prescribe forms to be used
by distributors in reporting to the director so as to prevent evasion of the
tax imposed by this chapter.
request from the officials to whom are entrusted the enforcement of the motor
fuel tax law of any other state, the District of Columbia, the United States,
its territories and possessions, the provinces, or the Dominion of Canada, the
director may forward to such officials any information which ((
director may have relative to the import or export of any motor vehicle
fuel by any distributor: PROVIDED, That such governmental unit furnish like
information to this state.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 82.36 RCW to read as follows:
Sales of motor vehicle fuel to qualified foreign diplomatic and consular missions and their qualified personnel, made under rules prescribed by the director, are exempt from the tax imposed under this chapter if the foreign government represented grants an equivalent exemption to missions and personnel of the United States performing similar services in the foreign country. Only those foreign diplomatic and consular missions and their personnel which are determined by the United States department of state as eligible for the tax exemption, may claim this exemption under rules prescribed by the director.
Sec. 3. Section 4, chapter 175, Laws of 1971 ex. sess. as last amended by section 30, chapter 49, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. and RCW 82.38.030 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) There is hereby levied and imposed upon special fuel users a tax at the rate computed in the manner provided in RCW 82.36.025 per gallon or each one hundred cubic feet of compressed natural gas measured at standard pressure and temperature on the use of special fuel in any motor vehicle operated upon the highways of this state during the fiscal year for which such rate is applicable.
(2) The tax shall be collected by the special fuel dealer and shall be paid over to the department as hereinafter provided: (a) With respect to all special fuel delivered by a special fuel dealer into supply tanks of motor vehicles or into storage facilities used for the fueling of motor vehicles at unbonded service stations in this state; or (b) in all other transactions where the purchaser is not the holder of a valid special fuel license issued pursuant to this chapter allowing the purchase of untaxed special fuel, except sales of special fuel for export. To claim an exemption on account of sales by a licensed special fuel dealer for export, the purchaser shall obtain from the selling special fuel dealer, and such selling special fuel dealer must furnish the purchaser, an invoice giving such details of the sale for export as the director may require, copies of which shall be furnished the department and the entity of the state or foreign jurisdiction of destination which is charged by the laws of that state or foreign jurisdiction with the control or monitoring or both, of the sales or movement of special fuel in that state or foreign jurisdiction.
(3) The tax shall be paid over to the department by the special fuel user as hereinafter provided with respect to the taxable use of special fuel upon which the tax has not previously been imposed.
It is expressly provided that delivery of special fuel may be made without collecting the tax otherwise imposed, when such deliveries are made by a bonded special fuel dealer to special fuel users who are authorized by the department as hereinafter provided, to purchase fuel without payment of tax to the bonded special fuel dealer.
Sec. 4. Section 3, chapter 10, Laws of 1967 ex. sess. as amended by section 4, chapter 25, Laws of 1982 1st ex. sess. and RCW 82.42.030 are each amended to read as follows:
The provision of RCW 82.42.020 imposing the payment of an excise tax on each gallon of aircraft fuel sold, delivered or used in this state shall not apply to aircraft fuel sold for export, nor to aircraft fuel used for the following purposes: (1) The operation of aircraft when such use is by any air carrier or supplemental air carrier operating under a certificate of public convenience and necessity under the provisions of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958, Public Law 85-726, as amended; (2) the operation of aircraft for testing or experimental purposes; (3) the operation of aircraft when such operation is for the training of crews in Washington state for purchasers of aircraft who are certified air carriers; and (4) the operation of aircraft in the operations of a local service commuter: PROVIDED, That the director's determination as to a particular activity for which aircraft fuel is used as being an exemption under this section, or otherwise, shall be final.
To claim an exemption on account of sales by a licensed distributor of aircraft fuel for export, the purchaser shall obtain from the selling distributor, and such selling distributor must furnish the purchaser, an invoice giving such details of the sale for export as the director may require, copies of which shall be furnished the department and the entity of the state or foreign jurisdiction of destination which is charged by the laws of that state or foreign jurisdiction with the control or monitoring or both, of the sales or movement of aircraft fuel in that state or foreign jurisdiction.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. Section 59, chapter 145, Laws of 1967 ex. sess. and RCW 82.36.302 are each repealed.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.