as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/31/2014 08:35am
A bill for an act
relating to taxation; sales and use; modifying definition of retail sale relating
to amusement devices; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 297A.61,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 297A.61, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
(a) A "retail sale" means any sale, lease, or rental for any
purpose, other than resale, sublease, or subrent of items by the purchaser in the normal
course of business as defined in subdivision 21.
(b) A sale of property used by the owner only by leasing it to others or by holding it
in an effort to lease it, and put to no use by the owner other than resale after the lease or
effort to lease, is a sale of property for resale.
(c) A sale of master computer software that is purchased and used to make copies for
sale or lease is a sale of property for resale.
(d) A sale of building materials, supplies, and equipment to owners, contractors,
subcontractors, or builders for the erection of buildings or the alteration, repair, or
improvement of real property is a retail sale in whatever quantity sold, whether the sale is
for purposes of resale in the form of real property or otherwise.
(e) A sale of carpeting, linoleum, or similar floor covering to a person who provides
for installation of the floor covering is a retail sale and not a sale for resale since a sale of
floor covering which includes installation is a contract for the improvement of real property.
(f) A sale of shrubbery, plants, sod, trees, and similar items to a person who provides
for installation of the items is a retail sale and not a sale for resale since a sale of
shrubbery, plants, sod, trees, and similar items that includes installation is a contract for
the improvement of real property.
(g) A sale of tangible personal property that is awarded as prizes is a retail sale and
is not considered a sale of property for resale.
(h) A sale of tangible personal property utilized or employed in the furnishing or
providing of services under subdivision 3, paragraph (g), clause (1), including, but not
limited to, property given as promotional items, is a retail sale and is not considered a
sale of property for resale.
(i) A sale of tangible personal property used in conducting lawful gambling under
chapter 349 or the State Lottery under chapter 349A, including, but not limited to, property
given as promotional items, is a retail sale and is not considered a sale of property for resale.
(j)new text beginnew text end a sale of machines, equipment,
or devices that are used to furnish, provide, or dispense goods or services, including,
but not limited to, coin-operated devices, is a retail sale and is not considered a sale of
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(k) In the case of a lease, a retail sale occurs (1) when an obligation to make a lease
payment becomes due under the terms of the agreement or the trade practices of the
lessor or (2) in the case of a lease of a motor vehicle, as defined in section 297B.01,
subdivision 11, but excluding vehicles with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating
greater than 10,000 pounds and rentals of vehicles for not more than 28 days, at the time
the lease is executed.
(l) In the case of a conditional sales contract, a retail sale occurs upon the transfer of
title or possession of the tangible personal property.
(m) A sale of a bundled transaction in which one or more of the products included
in the bundle is a taxable product is a retail sale, except that if one of the products
is a telecommunication service, ancillary service, Internet access, or audio or video
programming service, and the seller has maintained books and records identifying through
reasonable and verifiable standards the portions of the price that are attributable to the
distinct and separately identifiable products, then the products are not considered part of a
bundled transaction. For purposes of this paragraph:
(1) the books and records maintained by the seller must be maintained in the regular
course of business, and do not include books and records created and maintained by the
seller primarily for tax purposes;
(2) books and records maintained in the regular course of business include, but are
not limited to, financial statements, general ledgers, invoicing and billing systems and
reports, and reports for regulatory tariffs and other regulatory matters; and
(3) books and records are maintained primarily for tax purposes when the books
and records identify taxable and nontaxable portions of the price, but the seller maintains
other books and records that identify different prices attributable to the distinct products
included in the same bundled transaction.
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