2013 Arizona Revised Statutes
Title 42 - Taxation
§ 42-6003 Multi-municipal taxes; determination of municipality entitled to levy and collect taxes; appeal; definitions


AZ Rev Stat § 42-6003 (through 1st Reg Sess 51st Leg. 2013) What's This?

42-6003. Multi-municipal taxes; determination of municipality entitled to levy and collect taxes; appeal; definitions

A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a taxpayer who has paid transaction privilege taxes on a transaction to an appropriate city or town, or qualified for an exemption from transaction privilege taxes under the ordinance of an appropriate city or town, is not required to pay transaction privilege taxes on the same transaction to any other city or town.

B. If a city or town asserts, in whole or in part, the right to a tax which was paid to an appropriate city or town, the cities and towns claiming the tax shall attempt to resolve allocation of the tax among themselves. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the taxpayer shall not be a party to the dispute but may be compelled to give evidence or produce books and records.

C. If a city or town asserts the right to tax a transaction which is exempt from transaction privilege taxes under the ordinance of an appropriate city or town, the city or town asserting the right to tax and the city or town which the taxpayer asserts is an appropriate city or town shall attempt to resolve which city or town has the superior jurisdictional claim. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the taxpayer shall not be a party to the dispute but may be compelled to give evidence or produce books and records.

D. If the cities or towns involved cannot resolve the dispute arising under subsection B or C, any city or town which is a party to the dispute may submit the issue to the municipal tax code commission for resolution. The taxpayer may intervene in any proceeding before the commission to assist in resolving the dispute. The commission shall determine which city or town has the superior jurisdictional claim, based upon its respective ordinances and common law principles related to transaction privilege taxation, and, if the taxpayer paid tax on the transaction, shall award the entire tax to the prevailing city or town.

E. If it is determined that the taxpayer should have paid taxes to a city or town with a higher tax rate than the city or town to which the tax was actually paid, the taxpayer is liable for the tax at the higher rate only on transactions occurring after the taxable month of the written notification requirement provided in subsection H.

F. If a city or town with a higher tax rate asserts a claim to transaction privilege taxes paid to an appropriate city or town with a lower tax rate, the taxpayer may submit the issue to the municipal tax code commission for resolution and may intervene as a party in a proceeding before the commission to resolve the dispute.

G. Any party aggrieved by an order or decision of the municipal tax code commission may appeal to the state board of tax appeals within thirty days after notice of the order or decision of the commission has been received by the party. Any party aggrieved by an order or decision of the state board of tax appeals under this section may appeal the order or decision to tax court but must commence such action within thirty days after notice of the order or decision of the state board has been received by the party.

H. Following an agreement among the cities or towns involved as to which city or town has jurisdiction over transaction privilege taxation on a transaction or following a final determination by the municipal tax code commission, the state board of tax appeals or the tax court that a city or town is entitled to collect such taxes, and following written notification to the taxpayer, the taxpayer shall thereafter pay transaction privilege taxes on similar transactions to that city or town.

I. In this section:

1. " Appropriate city or town" means a city or town in this state either:

(a) In which the business sales office which generated the taxable transaction is located.

(b) In which the purchaser resides, is located or is situated at the time of the transaction.

(c) Which imposes or claims the right to impose a transaction privilege tax on the transaction in question under its ordinance.

2. " Transaction privilege tax" means a municipal transaction privilege license tax, use tax or similar tax and includes for purposes of this section any penalty assessed by a city or town for nonpayment, delinquent payment or failure to timely report or file a return, and any interest assessed because of late payment of taxes.

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