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10-52A MUNICIPAL GROSS RECEIPTS TAX
CHAPTER 10-52A

MUNICIPAL GROSS RECEIPTS TAX

10-52A-1      Definitions.
10-52A-1.1      Gross receipts defined.
10-52A-1.2      Conditions under which gross receipts include consideration retailer received from third parties.
10-52A-1.3      Exclusions from definition of gross receipts.
10-52A-1.4      Gross receipts excludes tax imposed by chapters 10-45, 10-45D, 10-52, and 10-52A.
10-52A-2      Additional municipal non-ad valorem tax authorized--Rate--Purpose.
10-52A-3      Department to administer tax.
10-52A-4, 10-52A-4.1. Repealed.
10-52A-4.2      Filing return and remitting tax--Time for filing and remittance--Extension--Penalty for untimely return or remittance.
10-52A-5      Repealed.
10-52A-6      Applicability of certain other provisions.
10-52A-7      Promulgation of rules--Scope.
10-52A-8      Violations.
10-52A-9      Taxpayer to keep books and records--Inspection--Retention period.
10-52A-10      Tax may be referred to voters--Certain taxes to continue.
10-52A-11      Administration of taxes--Forms and rules--Records.
10-52A-12      Moneys received credited to special municipal tax fund--Disbursement.
10-52A-13      Ordinance or amendment enacted under chapter--Notification--Effective date.
10-52A-14      Issuance of bonds--Use of proceeds of bonds.
10-52A-15      Legislative findings--Limitations on reduction of tax levy.


10-52A-1Definitions.

Terms used in this chapter mean:

(1)    "Department," the Department of Revenue;

(2)    Repealed by SL 2007, ch 56, § 5.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 1; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 82; SL 2007, ch 56, § 5; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011.


10-52A-1.1Gross receipts defined.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term, gross receipts, means the total amount or consideration, including cash, credit, property, and services, for which tangible personal property, any product transferred electronically, or services are sold, leased, or rented, valued in money, whether received in money or otherwise, without any deduction for the following:

(1)    The retailer's cost of the property or service sold;

(2)    The cost of materials used, labor or service cost, interest, losses, all costs of transportation to the retailer, all taxes imposed on the retailer, and any other expense of the retailer; and

(3)    Except as provided in chapter 10-46A or 10-46B, charges by the retailer for any services necessary to complete the sale whether or not separately stated, including delivery charges.

Source: SL 2007, ch 56, § 6; SL 2008, ch 51, § 66.


10-52A-1.2Conditions under which gross receipts include consideration retailer received from third parties.

Gross receipts, as defined in § 10-52A-1.1, include consideration received by the retailer from third parties if:

(1)    The retailer actually receives consideration from a party other than the purchaser and the consideration is directly related to a price reduction or discount on the sale;

(2)    The retailer has an obligation to pass the price reduction or discount through to the purchaser;

(3)    The amount of the consideration attributable to the sale is fixed and determinable by the retailer at the time of the sale of the item to the purchaser; and

(4)    One of the following criteria is met:

(a)    The purchaser presents a coupon, certificate, or other documentation to the retailer to claim a price reduction or discount where the coupon, certificate, or documentation is authorized, distributed, or granted by a third party with the understanding that the third party will reimburse any retailer to whom the coupon, certificate, or documentation is presented;

(b)    The purchaser identifies himself or herself to the retailer as a member of a group or organization entitled to a price reduction or discount (a preferred customer card that is available to any patron does not constitute membership in such a group); or

(c)    The price reduction or discount is identified as a third party price reduction or discount on the invoice received by the purchaser or on a coupon, certificate, or other documentation presented by the purchaser.

For the purposes of this section, the purchaser is the end consumer.

Source: SL 2007, ch 56, § 7.


10-52A-1.3Exclusions from definition of gross receipts.

Gross receipts, as defined in § 10-52A-1.1, do not include:

(1)    Discounts, including cash, term, or coupons that are not reimbursed by a third party that are allowed by a retailer and taken by a purchaser on a sale;

(2)    Interest, financing, and carrying charges from credit extended on the sale of tangible personal property, any product transferred electronically, or services, if the amount is separately stated on the invoice, bill of sale, or similar document given to the purchaser; and

(3)    Any taxes legally imposed directly on the consumer that are separately stated on the invoice, bill of sale, or similar document given to the purchaser.

Source: SL 2007, ch 56, § 8; SL 2008, ch 51, § 67.


10-52A-1.4Gross receipts excludes tax imposed by chapters 10-45, 10-45D, 10-52, and 10-52A.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, gross receipts as defined in this chapter do not include any tax imposed by this chapter and chapters 10-45, 10-45D, and 10-52 that is separately stated on the invoice, bill of sale, or similar document given to the purchaser.

Source: SL 2013, ch 56, § 4.


10-52A-2Additional municipal non-ad valorem tax authorized--Rate--Purpose.

Any municipality may impose an additional municipal non-ad valorem tax at the rate of one percent upon the gross receipts of all leases or rentals of hotel, motel, campsites, or other lodging accommodations within the municipality for periods of less than twenty-eight consecutive days, or sales of alcoholic beverages as defined in § 35-1-1, or establishments where the public is invited to eat, dine, or purchase and carry out prepared food for immediate consumption, or ticket sales or admissions to places of amusement, athletic, and cultural events, or any combination thereof. The tax shall be levied for the purpose of land acquisition, architectural fees, construction costs, payments for civic center, auditorium, or athletic facility buildings, including the maintenance, staffing, and operations of such facilities and the promotion and advertising of the city, its facilities, attractions, and activities.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 2.


10-52A-3Department to administer tax.

The tax imposed by § 10-52A-2 shall be collected and administered by the department.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 4.


10-52A-4
     10-52A-4, 10-52A-4.1.   Repealed by SL 2006, ch 61, §§ 6, 14, eff. Feb. 6, 2006.


10-52A-4.1
     10-52A-4.1.   Repealed by SL 2006, ch 61, § 14, eff. Feb. 6, 2006.


10-52A-4.2Filing return and remitting tax--Time for filing and remittance--Extension--Penalty for untimely return or remittance.

Any person who holds a license issued pursuant to this chapter or who is a person whose receipts are subject to the tax imposed by this chapter shall, except as otherwise provided in this section, file a return, and pay any tax due, to the Department of Revenue on or before the twentieth day of the month following each monthly period. The return shall be filed on forms prescribed and furnished by the department.

If the person remits the tax by electronic transfer to the state, the person shall file the return by electronic means on or before the twentieth day of the month following each period and remit the tax on or before the twenty-fifth day of the month following each period.

The secretary may require or allow a person to file a return, and pay any tax due, on a basis other than monthly. The return and remittance is due the twentieth day of the month following the reporting period or at a time otherwise determined by the secretary.

The secretary may grant an extension of not more than five days for filing a return and remittance.

Unless an extension is granted, penalty or interest under § 10-59-6 shall be paid if a return or remittance is not made on time.

Source: SL 2007, ch 65, § 13; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011; SL 2017, ch 65, § 8.


10-52A-5
     10-52A-5.   Repealed by SL 2007, ch 65, § 12.


10-52A-6Applicability of certain other provisions.

The definitions, administrative, collection, and enforcement provisions of chapters 10-45 and 10-46 apply to the tax imposed by this chapter, where applicable.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 7.


10-52A-7Promulgation of rules--Scope.

The secretary of revenue may promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 concerning:

(1)    Licensing, including bonding and filing license applications;

(2)    The filing of returns and payment of the tax;

(3)    Determining the application of the tax and exemptions;

(4)    Taxpayer record-keeping requirements; and

(5)    Determining auditing methods.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 8; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 82; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011.


10-52A-8Penalties for violations.

Any person who:

(1)    Makes any false or fraudulent return in attempting to defeat or evade the tax imposed by this chapter is guilty of a Class 6 felony;

(2)    Fails to pay tax due under this chapter within sixty days from the date the tax becomes due is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor;

(3)    Fails to keep the records and books required by § 10-52A-9 or refuses to exhibit these records to the secretary of revenue or the secretary's agents for the purpose of examination is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor;

(4)    Fails to file a return required by this chapter within sixty days from the date the return is due is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor;

(5)    Willfully violates any rule of the secretary of revenue for the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor; or

(6)    Violates either subdivision (2) or subdivision (4) two or more times in any twelve-month period is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 9; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 82; SL 2004, ch 96, § 5; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011.


10-52A-9Taxpayer to keep books and records--Inspection--Retention period.

Each person subject to tax under this chapter shall keep records and books of all receipts and sales, together with invoices, bills of lading, copies of bills of sale, and other pertinent papers and documents. The books and records and other papers and documents are, at all times during business hours of the day, subject to inspection by the secretary of revenue or the secretary's agents and employees to determine the amount of tax due. The books and records shall be preserved for a period of three years unless the secretary of revenue, in writing, authorized their destruction or disposal at an earlier date.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 10; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 82; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011.


10-52A-10Tax may be referred to voters--Certain taxes to continue.

Any tax imposed by the governing board of any municipality pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, may be referred to a vote of the people for its approval or disapproval in the same manner as provided in §§ 9-20-7, 9-20-8, and 9-20-10. A tax imposed by municipal ordinance which was in effect on July 1, 2002, is continued under the provisions of this chapter if:

(1)    The governing board of the municipality has reviewed the existing tax ordinance to determine compliance with the provisions of this chapter; and

(2)    The governing board of the municipality documents the review, any amendment, and the intent to continue the tax in the official minutes of the governing board.

Any amendment made by the municipality to comply with the provisions of this chapter or the determination to continue the tax under the provisions of this chapter is deemed to be an administrative decision pursuant to § 9-20-19 and not subject to referendum.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 11.


10-52A-11Administration of taxes--Forms and rules--Records.

The administration of the taxes adopted under this chapter shall be by the department. The department may prescribe forms and promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 for the making of returns and for the ascertainment, assessment, and collection of the tax imposed pursuant to this chapter. The department shall keep full and accurate records of all moneys received and distributed under this chapter.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 12.


10-52A-12Moneys received credited to special municipal tax fund--Disbursement.

All moneys received and collected on behalf of a municipality by the department, pursuant to this chapter, shall be credited to a special municipal tax fund and after deducting the amount of refunds made, the amounts necessary to defray the cost of collecting the tax, and the administrative expenses incident thereto, shall be paid within thirty days after collection to the municipality entitled thereto.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 13.


10-52A-13Ordinance or amendment enacted under chapter--Notification--Effective date.

Notwithstanding § 9-19-13, any new ordinance or amendment to an ordinance enacted under the authority of this chapter, and any tax rate affected thereby, can be effective only on January first or July first of a calendar year. The ordinance or amendment shall be effective on the earlier of January first or July first following at least ninety days notification by the municipality to the secretary of revenue that the ordinance or amendment has been enacted unless the ordinance or amendment is suspended by operation of a referendum. If an ordinance or amendment enacted under this chapter is referred and the referred ordinance or amendment is approved the effective date shall be the earlier of January first or July first following at least ninety days notification by the municipality to the secretary of revenue that the ordinance or amendment has been approved notwithstanding § 9-20-15. Notification of the enactment or approval of the ordinance shall be in writing and mailed, along with a copy of the ordinance or amendment, by registered or certified mail to the secretary of revenue.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 14; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 82; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011.


10-52A-14Issuance of bonds--Use of proceeds of bonds.

Any municipality imposing a tax pursuant to this chapter may issue municipal non-ad valorem tax revenue bonds pursuant to this section and chapter 6-8B in anticipation of the collection of the taxes. The bonds shall be payable solely from the collections of the taxes imposed by the municipality under this chapter, as determined by the governing body. The governing body shall, in the resolution or ordinance authorizing the bonds, agree that it will continue to impose and collect the taxes so long as the bonds are outstanding. The governing body shall also pledge so much of the collections of the taxes as may be necessary to pay the principal premium and interest on the bonds and to maintain any debt service reserve established for the bonds. The proceeds of the bonds may be used for land acquisition, the funding of public ambulances and medical emergency response vehicles, public hospitals or nonprofit hospitals with fifty or fewer licensed beds and other public health care facilities or nonprofit health care facilities with fifty or fewer licensed beds, capital asset acquisition and capital improvements, to establish a debt service reserve fund for the bonds and to pay not more than one year's capitalized interest on the bonds. If the proceeds of the tax imposed by this chapter are pledged to payment of the bonds, the land acquisition and capital improvements financed with the proceeds of the bonds shall relate to the purposes enumerated in § 10-52A-2.

No election is required to authorize the issuance of municipal non-ad valorem tax revenue bonds. The bonds shall be issued and sold as provided in chapter 6-8B.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 16.


10-52A-15Legislative findings--Limitations on reduction of tax levy.

The Legislature hereby finds that the amendments to chapter 10-52 contained in chapter 68 of the 2002 Session Laws shall result in a broader and more uniform tax base for the tax levied by municipalities under this chapter, and that, absent a reduction in the current tax levy of a municipality, it is anticipated that total tax revenues of a municipality may increase as a result of these amendments. However, so long as a municipality has any bonds or other obligations outstanding which are secured directly or indirectly by the pledge or collection and application of taxes levied pursuant to § 10-52-8 as in effect immediately prior to July 1, 2002, no municipality may reduce its tax levy under this chapter to a rate which, in the exercise of the sound discretion of the governing body, would be expected to produce less total revenue than was collected in the immediately preceding year pursuant to the tax imposed under § 10-52-8.

Source: SL 2002, ch 68, § 17.


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