2013 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 42 - Taxation
§ 42-5167 Use tax direct payment


AZ Rev Stat § 42-5167 (through 1st Reg Sess 51st Leg. 2013) What's This?

42-5167. Use tax direct payment

A. A person may elect to pay use taxes directly to the department under this article if the person:

1. Applies to the department for a use tax direct payment permit. The application must be on a form prescribed by the department setting forth the name under which the applicant transacts or intends to transact business, the location of the place or places of business where the applicant intends to make direct payment of use taxes and any other information that the department may require. The application must be signed, in the case of:

(a) A natural person, by the owner.

(b) An association or partnership, by a member or partner.

(c) A corporation, by an executive officer or another person specifically authorized by the corporation to sign the application.

2. Agrees to self-assess and pay directly to the department any use tax liability incurred under this article.

3. Certifies to the department that the person purchased for the person's own use tangible personal property at a cost of five hundred thousand dollars or more, in the aggregate, during the immediately preceding calendar year.

B. The department shall issue a use tax direct payment permit to any applicant that meets the requirements of subsection A of this section.

C. If the department deems it necessary to protect the revenues to be collected under this section, it may require a person to file a bond to secure the payment of such amounts pursuant to section 42-1102.

D. A person who holds a valid use tax direct payment permit shall:

1. Self-assess and pay directly to the department use taxes due under this article for all tangible personal property subject to use tax.

2. Report the tax on a tax return prescribed by the department.

E. A holder of a use tax direct payment certificate may issue a use tax direct payment certificate to any retailer or seller, subject to all of the following:

1. The certificate shall be in a form prescribed by the department and must be signed by and bear the name, address and permit number of the holder of the use tax direct payment permit.

2. The certificate is effective until the permit holder revises or withdraws the certificate or until the retailer or seller receives actual notice that the department has revoked the permit.

3. The certificate relieves the retailer or seller of the duty to collect use tax only if taken in good faith from a person who holds a use tax direct payment permit. The department may periodically publish on its web site a list of taxpayers by name with tax identification numbers who have been issued direct payment permits. A purchaser holding a direct payment permit who issues a use tax direct payment certificate that is accepted in good faith by a retailer or seller of tangible personal property shall be liable for use tax and related interest and penalties with respect to any transaction that the department subsequently determines properly subjects the vendor to the transaction privilege tax and not use tax. The vendor shall be relieved of the duty to pay transaction privilege tax on such transactions.

4. In addition to any use tax liabilities, a holder of a use tax direct payment permit that gives a use tax direct payment certificate to a retailer or seller is subject to the same penalty provisions that apply to a retailer or seller.

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