2010 Maryland Code
Subtitle 3 - Surplus Lines Insurance
Section 3-324 - Premium receipts tax on surplus lines insurance.

§ 3-324. Premium receipts tax on surplus lines insurance.

(a)  Scope of section.- This section does not apply to insurance of risks of the State or a political subdivision of the State. 

(b)  Premiums subject to tax; rate.- The premiums charged for surplus lines insurance are subject to a premium receipts tax of 3% on all gross premiums, less any returned premiums, charged for surplus lines insurance. 

(c)  Tax and premium charged to insured.-  

(1) On delivery of the cover note, certificate of insurance, policy, or other initial confirmation of insurance, a surplus lines broker shall charge the insured the amount of the tax in addition to the full amount of the gross premium charged by the insurer for the surplus lines insurance. 

(2) The surplus lines broker shall return to the insured the tax on any unearned part of the premium. 

(d)  Prohibited actions by broker.- The surplus lines broker may not: 

(1) absorb the premium receipts tax; or 

(2) rebate all or part of the premium receipts tax or the surplus lines broker's commission. 

(e)  Computation of tax.- If a surplus lines policy covers risks only partly in the State, the tax payable shall be computed on the part of the premium that is properly allocable to the risks located in the State. 

[An. Code 1957, art. 48A, § 194; 1995, ch. 36.] 

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