2015 Wyoming Code
TITLE 39 - TAXATION AND REVENUE
CHAPTER 17 - FUEL TAX
ARTICLE 3 - ALTERNATIVE FUEL TAXES
SECTION 39-17-303. - Imposition.
(a) Taxable event. The following shall apply:
(i) There is levied and shall be collected a license tax on all alternative fuel used, sold or distributed for sale or use in this state except for those fuels exempted under W.S. 39-17-305;
(ii) The tax imposed by W.S. 39-17-304(a)(iii) shall cease to be collected on the first day of the third month following the date the department of environmental quality notifies the director of the department of transportation that the balance of the corrective action account created by W.S. 35-11-1424 exceeds seventeen million dollars ($17,000,000.00) and the environmental pollution financial responsibility account created by W.S. 35-11-1427 exceeds one million dollars ($1,000,000.00). The tax shall again be collected beginning on the first day of the third month following the date the department of environmental quality notifies the director of the department of transportation that the balance of the corrective action account has fallen below eleven million dollars ($11,000,000.00).
(b) Basis of tax. The following shall apply:
(i) The state of Wyoming preempts the field of imposing taxes upon sales of alternative fuels used to propel a motor vehicle and no city, town or county may levy or collect taxes upon the sales of alternative fuels to propel a motor vehicle;
(ii) The taxes imposed on alternative fuel shall be conclusively presumed to be a direct tax on the ultimate or retail consumer. When taxes are paid by any person other than the ultimate or retail consumer, the payment shall be considered as pre-collected and as an advance payment of the purpose of convenience and facility to the consumer and shall thereafter be added to the price of the alternative fuel and recovered from the ultimate or retail consumer, regardless of where or how the taxable fuel is ultimately consumed;
(iii) Any user not otherwise required to be licensed and report the tax levied pursuant to this section under the provisions of W.S. 39-17-306 or 39-17-307 shall be required to be licensed and report all taxes due under this section pursuant to the provisions of W.S. 39-17-306 and 39-17-307;
(iv) When a supplier, distributor, refiner, importer or exporter imports alternative fuel into or exports alternative fuel from the state of Wyoming in the fuel supply tanks of motor vehicles, the amount of alternative fuel consumed in the vehicles on Wyoming highways shall be deemed to be the product of the total amount of the alternative fuel consumed in his entire operations within and without this state times the total number of miles traveled on the highways within this state divided by the total number of miles traveled within and without this state. In the absence of mileage records, the department may by rule promulgated pursuant to W.S. 39-17-302(a) adopt the mileage basis for determining the taxable use of alternative fuel used in those motor vehicles which travel regularly over prescribed courses on and off the highways within the state of Wyoming. In the absence of records showing the number of miles actually operated per gallon of alternative fuel consumed, it shall be presumed that not less than one (1) gallon, gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) or diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) of alternative fuel was consumed for every four (4) miles traveled;
(v) A Wyoming licensed supplier, distributor, refiner or importer who is unable to recover the license taxes due from a bulk sale to a licensee who is other than an end user and is not owned, rented or leased by the supplier, distributor, refiner or importer requesting the credit is not liable for the taxes and may credit the amount of unpaid taxes against a later remittance of taxes required under W.S. 39-17-304(a)(i). The department shall promulgate rules to implement this paragraph.
(c) Taxpayer. The following shall apply:
(i) A terminal operator or bulk plant operator may rely on the representation made by the purchaser of alternative fuel or the purchaser's agent concerning the destination state of alternative fuel. A purchaser is liable for any tax due as a result of the purchaser's diversion of fuel from the represented destination state.
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