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California Laws | Revenue and Taxation Code
DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES
PART 3. USE FUEL TAX

8715. It is unlawful for any person to operate as a vendor of fuel in this State without a permit or after a permit has been suspended or revoked. (10059)

8716. (a) A permit shall be held only by persons actively engaging in or conducting a business as a vendor of fuel taxable under this part. Any person not so engaged shall forthwith surrender his or her permit to the board for cancellation. The board may revoke the permit of a person found to be not actively engaged in or conducting a business as a vendor of fuel taxable under this part. (10060)

(b) If the permit holder who transfers a business does not notify the board of the transfer, or deliver the permit to the board for cancellation, and the transferee, with the permit holder's actual or constructive knowledge, uses the permit in any way, the transferor shall be liable for taxes under this part, interest computed as specified in Section 8777, and those penalties imposed pursuant to subdivision (c). (10061)

(c) The transferor shall be liable for penalties incurred by the transferee under Sections 8779, 8876, and 9352, but shall not be liable for penalties incurred by the transferee under Sections 8780 and 9353. However, the board may, at its discretion, relieve the transferor from liability for penalties incurred by the transferee. (10062)

CHAPTER 3.5. COLLECTION OF TAX BY VENDOR (10063)(Text)

Article 1. Collection of Tax by Vendor (8732-8735) (10064)(Text)

8732. A vendor of fuel the use of which is taxable under this part, who sells and delivers such fuel into a fuel tank shall, at the time of sale, collect the tax from the user and give to the user a receipt therefor in the manner and form prescribed by the board. (10065)

When fuel is sold through a keylock mechanism or other unattended mechanism it shall be presumed that the vendor delivered the fuel into the fuel tank of a motor vehicle and the vendor must collect the tax from the user. This presumption shall be rebutted and the vendor shall not collect the tax if the user certifies in writing to the vendor that all fuel delivered to him through a specific keylock mechanism or other unattended mechanism will be delivered into bulk containers. (10066)

Vendors of fuel required by this section to collect tax from users shall not be required to make such collections on sales and deliveries to users who are authorized by the board, as hereinafter provided, to purchase fuel without payment of tax to a vendor. (10067)

The board may issue written authorization to a holder of a valid use fuel permit to purchase fuel from a vendor designated by the user without payment of the tax to the vendor when the board finds (1) that the user consistently is using the fuel in vehicles which are operated partly without this state or off the highways of this state, or the user qualifies for the exemption provided in Section 8655, and (2) that to require collection of the tax from the user by the vendor would cause consistently recurring overpayments of the tax, and (3) that the revenue of the state with respect to the tax liability of such user is adequately secured. Such authorization may be revoked when any such condition no longer obtains. (10068)

8732.1. Without requiring the issuance of a vendor use fuel tax permit, the board may issue written authorization to a political subdivision of this state which holds a valid user use fuel tax permit to furnish fuel as an accommodation to another political subdivision of this state which holds a valid user use fuel tax permit if the board finds that the political subdivision furnishing the fuel agrees to report and pay all taxes applicable to the fuel it furnishes and each political subdivision agrees to keep such records and file such reports as the board deems necessary to ensure that all applicable taxes shall be paid. (10069)

For the purposes of this section "political subdivision of this state" means any governmental organization formed and operating under the authority of the laws of this state and includes counties, cities, cities and counties, school districts, fire protection districts, irrigation districts, and recreation districts. (10070)

8732.5. A vendor is relieved from liability to collect use fuel tax which became due and payable subsequent to July 1, 1958, insofar as the sales of the fuel are represented by accounts which have been found worthless and charged off for income tax purposes. If the vendor has previously paid the amount of the tax, he may, under rules and regulations prescribed by the board, take a credit in such amount. If any such accounts are thereafter in whole or in part collected by the vendor, the gallons of fuel represented by the amounts collected shall be included in the first return filed after such collection and the amount of the tax thereon paid with the return. The board may, at its option, require the seller to submit periodical reports listing accounts delinquent for a 90-day period or over. (10071)

8733. The tax required to be collected by the vendor constitutes a debt owed by the vendor to this State. (10072)

8734. The board may require vendors to submit at such times as it shall designate copies of the receipts given pursuant to Section 8732. (10073)

8735. The provisions of Chapters 4 to 9, inclusive, of this part shall apply to any vendor in the same manner as such provisions apply to any user. (10074)

CHAPTER 4. DETERMINATIONS (10075)(Text)

Article 1. Returns and Payments (8751-8755) (10076)(Text)

8751. The excise tax imposed by this part is due and payable quarterly on or before the last day of the calendar month next succeeding each quarterly period in which a taxable use of fuel occurs. (10077)

8751.5. If any user has paid the tax to a vendor who is the holder of a valid vendor's permit issued under this part, he shall be allowed a credit against the amount of tax due under Section 8751 with respect to that fuel on which the tax was paid to the vendor. (10078)

8752. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), on or before the last day of the calendar month following each quarterly period, every user shall, except as otherwise provided in Section 8608, file with the board a return in the form as prescribed by the board, which may include, but not be limited to, electronic media showing the amount of any tax due and any other information as the board may require to carry out the purposes of this part. Returns shall be authenticated in a form or pursuant to methods as may be prescribed by the board. (10079)

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