CHAPTER 297B. SALES TAX ON MOTOR VEHICLES
Table of Sections
|297B.001||APPLICATION OF LAWS 2005, CHAPTER 56, TERMINOLOGY CHANGES.|
|297B.025||OLDER PASSENGER AUTOMOBILE.|
|297B.032||Repealed, 1Sp2001 c 5 art 7 s 66
|297B.035||VEHICLE PURCHASED BY DEALER OR LESSOR.|
|297B.0351||MANUFACTURER TESTING VEHICLE.|
|297B.04||PURCHASER'S CERTIFICATE FURNISHED TO REGISTRAR.|
|297B.05||PRESENTATION OF PURCHASER'S CERTIFICATE TO REGISTRAR.|
|297B.06||NO REGISTRATION UNLESS TAX PAID.|
|297B.08||TAX PAID IN OTHER STATE; CREDIT, RECIPROCITY.|
|297B.09||ALLOCATION OF REVENUE.|
|297B.11||REGISTRAR AS AGENT OF COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE; POWERS.|
|297B.12||PRIVATE NATURE OF INFORMATION.|
|297B.13||EXEMPTION FROM EXCISE TAX OF CHAPTER 297A.|
297B.001 APPLICATION OF LAWS 2005, CHAPTER 56, TERMINOLOGY CHANGES.
State agencies shall use the terminology changes specified in Laws 2005, chapter 56, section
1, when printed material and signage are replaced and new printed material and signage are
obtained. State agencies do not have to replace existing printed material and signage to comply
with Laws 2005, chapter 56, sections 1 and 2. Language changes made according to Laws 2005,
chapter 56, sections 1 and 2, shall not expand or exclude eligibility to services.
History: 2005 c 56 s 3
Subdivision 1. Scope.
The following words, terms and phrases when used in Laws 1971,
chapter 853, shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section except where the context
clearly indicates a different meaning.
Subd. 2. Person.
"Person" includes any individual, firm, partnership, joint adventure,
association, corporation, estate, business trust, receiver, or any other group or combination acting
as a unit and the plural as well as the singular number.
Subd. 3. Motor vehicle registrar.
"Motor vehicle registrar" shall mean the registrar of motor
vehicles who is the officer in charge of the Motor Vehicle Division, Department of Public Safety,
of this state and who shall act as the agent of the commissioner of revenue in administering the
provisions of this chapter.
Subd. 4. Vehicle.
"Vehicle" shall include every device in, upon, or by which any person or
property may be transported or drawn upon a public highway, except devices moved by human
power or animal power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
Subd. 5. Motor vehicle.
"Motor vehicle" means any self-propelled vehicle not operated
exclusively upon railroad tracks and any vehicle propelled or drawn by a self-propelled vehicle
for which registration is required by chapter 168. Motor vehicle includes vehicles known as
trackless trolleys which are propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires but
not operated upon rails and motor vehicles that are purchased on Indian reservations where the
tribal council has entered into a sales tax on motor vehicles refund agreement with the state of
Minnesota. Motor vehicle does not include snowmobiles or manufactured homes.
Subd. 6. Use.
"Use" shall mean the exercise by any person of any right or power over a
motor vehicle incident to the ownership or possession of such a vehicle, except that it shall not
include the sale or holding for sale of such a vehicle in the regular course of business. The term
shall not include motor vehicles rented or leased.
Subd. 7. Sale, sells, selling, purchase, purchased, or acquired.
(a) "Sale," "sells," "selling,"
"purchase," "purchased," or "acquired" means any transfer of title of any motor vehicle, whether
absolutely or conditionally, for a consideration in money or by exchange or barter for any purpose
other than resale in the regular course of business.
(b) Any motor vehicle utilized by the owner only by leasing such vehicle to others or by
holding it in an effort to so lease it, and which is put to no other use by the owner other than resale
after such lease or effort to lease, shall be considered property purchased for resale.
(c) The terms also shall include any transfer of title or ownership of a motor vehicle by other
means, for or without consideration, except that these terms shall not include:
(1) the acquisition of a motor vehicle by inheritance from or by bequest of, a decedent
who owned it;
(2) the transfer of a motor vehicle which was previously licensed in the names of two or
more joint tenants and subsequently transferred without monetary consideration to one or more
of the joint tenants;
(3) the transfer of a motor vehicle by way of gift between individuals, or gift from a limited
used vehicle dealer licensed under section
168.27, subdivision 4a
, to an individual, when the
transfer is with no monetary or other consideration or expectation of consideration and the parties
to the transfer submit an affidavit to that effect at the time the title transfer is recorded;
(4) the voluntary or involuntary transfer of a motor vehicle between a husband and wife
in a divorce proceeding; or
(5) the transfer of a motor vehicle by way of a gift to an organization that is exempt from
federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended
through December 31, 1996, when the motor vehicle will be used exclusively for religious,
charitable, or educational purposes.
Subd. 8. Purchase price.
(a) "Purchase price" means the total consideration valued in money
for a sale, whether paid in money or otherwise. The purchase price excludes the amount of a
manufacturer's rebate paid or payable to the purchaser. If a motor vehicle is taken in trade as a
credit or as part payment on a motor vehicle taxable under this chapter, the credit or trade-in
value allowed by the person selling the motor vehicle shall be deducted from the total selling
price to establish the purchase price of the vehicle being sold and the trade-in allowance allowed
by the seller shall constitute the purchase price of the motor vehicle accepted as a trade-in. The
purchase price in those instances where the motor vehicle is acquired by gift or by any other
transfer for a nominal or no monetary consideration shall also include the average value of
similar motor vehicles, established by standards and guides as determined by the motor vehicle
registrar. The purchase price in those instances where a motor vehicle is manufactured by a
person who registers it under the laws of this state shall mean the manufactured cost of such
motor vehicle and manufactured cost shall mean the amount expended for materials, labor, and
other properly allocable costs of manufacture, except that in the absence of actual expenditures
for the manufacture of a part or all of the motor vehicle, manufactured costs shall mean the
reasonable value of the completed motor vehicle.
(b) The term "purchase price" shall not include the portion of the value of a motor vehicle
due solely to modifications necessary to make the motor vehicle disability accessible.
(c) The term "purchase price" shall not include the transfer of a motor vehicle by way of gift
between a husband and wife or parent and child, or to a nonprofit organization as provided under
subdivision 7, paragraph (e), nor shall it include the transfer of a motor vehicle by a guardian to a
ward when there is no monetary consideration and the title to such vehicle was registered in the
name of the guardian, as guardian, only because the ward was a minor.
(d) The term "purchase price" shall not include the transfer of a motor vehicle as a gift
between a foster parent and foster child. For purposes of this subdivision, a foster relationship
exists, regardless of the age of the child, if (1) a foster parent's home is or was licensed as a foster
family home under Minnesota Rules, parts 9545.0010
, and (2) the county verifies
that the child was a state ward or in permanent foster care.
(e) There shall not be included in "purchase price" the amount of any tax imposed by the
United States upon or with respect to retail sales whether imposed upon the retailer or the
Subd. 9. Purchaser.
"Purchaser" shall mean any person owning or in possession of a motor
vehicle who makes application to the motor vehicle registrar for registration plates for such
vehicle or for transfer of ownership of a vehicle previously registered in this state.
History: 1971 c 853 s 1; 1973 c 582 s 3; 1974 c 28 s 1; 1974 c 459 s 2; 1976 c 342 s 1; 1981
c 365 s 9; 1983 c 342 art 6 s 9; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 277 art 1 s 20; 1989 c 342 s 22; 1992 c 511 art
8 s 26; 1993 c 375 art 1 s 5; 1994 c 587 art 2 s 21; 1995 c 1 s 5; 1995 c 264 art 2 s 34; 1996 c 471
art 2 s 23; 1997 c 231 art 7 s 31,32; 2000 c 490 art 8 s 19; 1Sp2003 c 21 art 8 s 10; 2005 c 56 s 1
297B.02 TAX IMPOSED.
Subdivision 1. Rate.
There is imposed an excise tax at the rate provided in chapter 297A on
the purchase price of any motor vehicle purchased or acquired, either in or outside of the state of
Minnesota, which is required to be registered under the laws of this state.
The excise tax is also imposed on the purchase price of motor vehicles purchased or acquired
on Indian reservations when the tribal council has entered into a sales tax on motor vehicles
refund agreement with the state of Minnesota.
Subd. 2. In lieu tax for older passenger automobile.
In lieu of the tax imposed in
subdivision 1, there is imposed a tax of $10 on the purchase price of any passenger automobile
described in section
297B.025, subdivision 1
Subd. 3. In lieu tax for collector vehicle.
In lieu of the tax imposed in subdivision 1, there is
imposed a tax of $90 on the purchase price of a passenger automobile or a fire truck described
297B.025, subdivision 2
History: 1971 c 853 s 2; Ex1971 c 31 art 1 s 9; 3Sp1982 c 1 art 6 s 5; 1983 c 342 art 6 s
10; 1Sp1985 c 14 art 2 s 11; 1988 c 636 s 13,14; 1989 c 277 art 1 s 21; 1994 c 587 art 2 s
21; 1995 c 264 art 2 s 35
297B.025 OLDER PASSENGER AUTOMOBILE.
Subdivision 1. Noncollector vehicle.
Purchase or use of a passenger automobile as defined
168.011, subdivision 7
, shall be taxed pursuant to section
297B.02, subdivision 2
, if the
passenger automobile (1) is in the tenth or subsequent year of vehicle life, and (2) does not have a
resale value of $3,000 or more, as determined using nationally recognized sources of information
on automobile resale values, as designated by the registrar of motor vehicles.
Subd. 2. Collector vehicle.
A passenger automobile that is registered under section
, 1b, 1c, 1d, or 1h, or a fire truck registered under section
168.10, subdivision 1c
shall be taxed under section
297B.02, subdivision 3
. If the vehicle is subsequently registered in
another class not under section
168.10, subdivision 1a
, 1b, 1c, 1d, or 1h, within one year of the
date of registration under those subdivisions, it shall be subject to the full excise tax imposed
under subdivision 1.
History: 1Sp1985 c 14 art 2 s 12; 1988 c 636 s 15; 1989 c 277 art 1 s 22; 1995 c 264
art 2 s 36; 2003 c 127 art 6 s 15,16
There is specifically exempted from the provisions of this chapter and from computation of
the amount of tax imposed by it the following:
(1) purchase or use, including use under a lease purchase agreement or installment sales
contract made pursuant to section
, of any motor vehicle by the United States and its
agencies and instrumentalities and by any person described in and subject to the conditions
provided in section
297A.67, subdivision 11
(2) purchase or use of any motor vehicle by any person who was a resident of another state
or country at the time of the purchase and who subsequently becomes a resident of Minnesota,
provided the purchase occurred more than 60 days prior to the date such person began residing
in the state of Minnesota and the motor vehicle was registered in the person's name in the other
state or country;
(3) purchase or use of any motor vehicle by any person making a valid election to be taxed
under the provisions of section
(4) purchase or use of any motor vehicle previously registered in the state of Minnesota
when such transfer constitutes a transfer within the meaning of section 118, 331, 332, 336, 337,
338, 351, 355, 368, 721, 731, 1031, 1033, or 1563(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as
amended through December 31, 1999;
(5) purchase or use of any vehicle owned by a resident of another state and leased to a
Minnesota-based private or for-hire carrier for regular use in the transportation of persons
or property in interstate commerce provided the vehicle is titled in the state of the owner or
secured party, and that state does not impose a sales tax or sales tax on motor vehicles used in
(6) purchase or use of a motor vehicle by a private nonprofit or public educational institution
for use as an instructional aid in automotive training programs operated by the institution.
"Automotive training programs" includes motor vehicle body and mechanical repair courses but
does not include driver education programs;
(7) purchase of a motor vehicle for use as an ambulance by an ambulance service licensed
(8) purchase of a motor vehicle by or for a public library, as defined in section
, as a bookmobile or library delivery vehicle;
(9) purchase of a ready-mixed concrete truck;
(10) purchase or use of a motor vehicle by a town for use exclusively for road maintenance,
including snowplows and dump trucks, but not including automobiles, vans, or pickup trucks;
(11) purchase or use of a motor vehicle by a corporation, society, association, foundation, or
institution organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, or educational purposes,
except a public school, university, or library, but only if the vehicle is:
(i) a truck, as defined in section
, a bus, as defined in section
, or a passenger
automobile, as defined in section
, if the automobile is designed and used for carrying
more than nine persons including the driver; and
(ii) intended to be used primarily to transport tangible personal property or individuals,
other than employees, to whom the organization provides service in performing its charitable,
religious, or educational purpose;
(12) purchase of a motor vehicle for use by a transit provider exclusively to provide transit
service is exempt if the transit provider is either (i) receiving financial assistance or reimbursement
, or (ii) operating under section
(13) purchase or use of a motor vehicle by a qualified business, as defined in section
located in a job opportunity building zone, if the motor vehicle is principally garaged in the job
opportunity building zone and is primarily used as part of or in direct support of the person's
operations carried on in the job opportunity building zone. The exemption under this clause applies
to sales, if the purchase was made and delivery received during the duration of the job opportunity
building zone. The exemption under this clause also applies to any local sales and use tax.
History: 1971 c 853 s 3; Ex1971 c 31 art 1 s 10; art 5 s 2; 1975 c 262 s 1; 1982 c 523 art 15
s 3; 1983 c 327 s 15; 1984 c 502 art 6 s 9; 1Sp1985 c 14 art 2 s 13; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 268 art 4
s 21; 1988 c 719 art 10 s 18; 1989 c 277 art 1 s 23; 1990 c 556 s 6; 1993 c 375 art 1 s 6; 1994 c
587 art 2 s 17,21; 1997 c 31 art 2 s 48; 1997 c 199 s 14; 1998 c 389 art 8 s 21; 2000 c 418 art 1 s
44; 2000 c 490 art 8 s 20; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 7 s 55; art 12 s 85; 1Sp2003 c 21 art 1 s 14
297B.031 TAX REFUND.
If a manufacturer of motor vehicles is required by a court order under section
a decision of an informal dispute settlement mechanism as defined in section
, or a
dealer or lessor of motor vehicles is required by section
, to pay the consumer the tax
imposed by this chapter, a portion of the tax so paid must be refunded to the manufacturer, dealer,
or lessor. The amount of the refund is the tax paid by the purchaser less an amount equal to the
tax paid multiplied by a fraction, the denominator of which is the purchase price of the vehicle
and the numerator of which is the allowance deducted from the refund for the consumer's use of
the vehicle. The refund must be paid to the manufacturer, dealer, or lessor only upon filing of
a written application, in a form and providing information as prescribed by the commissioner.
Payment of a refund pursuant to this section must be made out of the general and highway user
funds in the same proportion provided for deposit of tax proceeds for the fiscal year pursuant to
297B.09, subdivision 1
. The amounts necessary to pay the refunds are appropriated
out of the respective funds.
History: 1983 c 342 art 6 s 11; 1987 c 268 art 4 s 22; 1988 c 634 s 10
297B.035 VEHICLE PURCHASED BY DEALER OR LESSOR.
Subdivision 1. Ordinary course of business.
Except as provided in this section, motor
vehicles purchased for resale in the ordinary course of business by any motor vehicle dealer, as
defined in section
168.011, subdivision 21
, who is licensed under section
168.27, subdivision 2
or 3, which bear dealer plates as authorized by section
168.27, subdivision 16
, shall be exempt
from the provisions of this chapter.
Subd. 2. Annual tax for dealer plate.
Motor vehicles which satisfy the definitions of
subdivision 1, shall be taxed at a yearly rate of $15 per dealer plate. This tax shall be paid when
dealer plates, tabs, or stickers are purchased and shall be deposited in the state treasury and
credited as provided in section
. This tax shall be in lieu of any other state sales, excise,
or use tax.
Subd. 3. Sale in violation of licensing requirement.
Motor vehicles sold in contravention of
168.27, subdivision 2
, paragraph (a); 3; 6; or 10, paragraph (a), clause (1)(ii), shall not
be considered to have been acquired or purchased for resale in the ordinary or regular course of
business for the purposes of this chapter, and the seller shall be required to pay the excise tax due
on the purchase of those vehicles. The sale by a lessor of a new motor vehicle under lease within
120 days of the commencement of the lease is deemed a sale in contravention of section
, paragraph (a), clause (1)(ii), unless the lessor holds a valid contract or franchise
with the manufacturer or distributor of the vehicle. Notwithstanding section
, the rights
of a dealer to appeal any amounts owed by the dealer under this subdivision are governed
exclusively by the hearing procedure under section
168.27, subdivision 13
Subd. 4. Motorized bicycle.
Motorized bicycles, as defined in section
, purchased for resale in the ordinary course of business shall be exempt from the provisions of
this chapter if the person purchasing the motorized bicycles has a permanent enclosed commercial
building or structure either owned in fee or leased and is engaged in the business of selling
motorized bicycles, either exclusively or in addition to any other occupation.
Subd. 5. Use by dealer.
If a motor vehicle dealer uses a vehicle, purchased for resale in
the ordinary course of business, other than for demonstration purposes, the dealer may elect
to pay the motor vehicle sales tax under this chapter or the use tax under chapter 297A based
on the reasonable rental value of the vehicle. If the motor vehicle dealer fails to report the use
tax under chapter 297A, it is presumed that the dealer elected to pay the motor vehicle sales
tax under this chapter.
History: 1976 c 342 s 2; 1978 c 767 s 34; 1981 c 357 s 79; 1981 c 363 s 47; 1982 c 583 s 2;
1984 c 502 art 6 s 10; 1990 c 480 art 4 s 8; 1991 c 333 s 37; 1997 c 31 art 2 s 49; 1997 c 84 art 6
s 25; 2002 c 343 s 2; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 69; 2003 c 127 art 1 s 32; art 6 s 17
297B.0351 MANUFACTURER TESTING VEHICLE.
Except as provided in section
, a vehicle purchased by a first-stage motor vehicle
manufacturer and licensed under that section is exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
History: 1995 c 74 s 3
297B.04 PURCHASER'S CERTIFICATE FURNISHED TO REGISTRAR.
All persons who apply for registration of any motor vehicle shall complete a motor vehicle
purchaser's certificate in such form and manner as may be prescribed by the motor vehicle
registrar, showing a complete description of the motor vehicle, the seller's name and address,
the buyer's name and address, the full purchase price of the vehicle, trade-in allowance if any,
whether the vehicle was the subject of a gift, and any other information that the motor vehicle
registrar may require.
History: 1971 c 853 s 4
297B.05 PRESENTATION OF PURCHASER'S CERTIFICATE TO REGISTRAR.
No registration plates or certificate shall be issued by the motor vehicle registrar for a motor
vehicle unless and until the applicant therefor shall attach a properly executed motor vehicle
purchaser's certificate to the application for license registration. If an application for registration
or transfer is made for a motor vehicle that has been previously registered in this state and the
applicant is the same person in whose name the registration had previously been issued, the motor
vehicle purchaser's certificate need not be submitted to the motor vehicle registrar.
History: 1971 c 853 s 5
297B.06 NO REGISTRATION UNLESS TAX PAID.
No registration plates or certificate shall be issued by the motor vehicle registrar for the
ownership or operation of any motor vehicle to any applicant for registration other than for those
vehicles which have been previously registered and the applicant for registration is the same
person in whose name the registration had previously been issued or other than for those vehicles
exempt from the tax under other sections of Laws 1971, chapter 853, unless the tax imposed by
shall be paid by the applicant to the motor vehicle registrar. The provisions of
this section shall apply only to the immediate transaction and if the applicant pays the tax due
with respect to the application, this section shall not constitute grounds for refusal to issue plates
or a certificate because the tax imposed by this chapter was not paid by a previous applicant in a
prior transaction involving the same motor vehicle so long as the present applicant had no actual
knowledge of the failure to pay the tax prior to acquiring the vehicle and the previous applicant
held a certificate of title indicating the previous applicant was the owner of the vehicle.
History: 1971 c 853 s 6; 1979 c 126 s 2; 1986 c 444
For the purpose of the proper administration of Laws 1971, chapter 853 and to prevent
evasion of the tax, the following presumptions shall apply:
(a) Evidence that a motor vehicle was sold for delivery in this state shall be prima facie
evidence that it was sold for use in this state.
(b) When an application for registration plates for a motor vehicle is received by the motor
vehicle registrar within 30 days of the date it was purchased or acquired by the purchaser, it shall
be presumed, until the contrary is shown by the purchaser, that it was purchased or acquired
for use in this state. This presumption shall apply whether or not such vehicle was previously
titled or registered in another state.
History: 1971 c 853 s 7
297B.08 TAX PAID IN OTHER STATE; CREDIT, RECIPROCITY.
If any motor vehicle has been or is subject to a tax by any other state in respect to its sale or
use, in an amount less than the tax imposed by this chapter and chapter 297A, the provisions of
this chapter and chapter 297A, shall apply, but at a rate measured by the difference only between
the rate fixed in chapter 297A, and the rate by which the previous tax paid in the other state upon
the sale or use was computed. If the rate of tax imposed in such other state is the same or more
than the rate of tax imposed by chapter 297A, then no tax shall be due on such motor vehicle. The
provisions of this section shall apply only if such other state allows a credit with respect to the
excise tax imposed by this chapter and chapter 297A, which is substantially similar in effect to
the credit allowed by this section.
History: 1971 c 853 s 8; 1Sp1981 c 1 art 4 s 8
297B.09 ALLOCATION OF REVENUE.
Subdivision 1. Deposit of revenues.
(a) Money collected and received under this chapter
must be deposited as provided in this subdivision.
(b) From July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003, 32 percent of the money collected and received
must be deposited in the highway user tax distribution fund, 20.5 percent must be deposited in the
metropolitan area transit fund under section
percent must be deposited in the
greater Minnesota transit fund under section
. The remaining money must be deposited
in the general fund.
(c) From July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2007, 30 percent of the money collected and received
must be deposited in the highway user tax distribution fund, 21.5 percent must be deposited in
the metropolitan area transit fund under section
percent must be deposited in the
greater Minnesota transit fund under section
, 0.65 percent must be deposited in the county
state-aid highway fund, and 0.17 percent must be deposited in the municipal state-aid street fund.
The remaining money must be deposited in the general fund.
(d) On and after July 1, 2007, 32 percent of the money collected and received must be
deposited in the highway user tax distribution fund, 20.5 percent must be deposited in the
metropolitan area transit fund under section
percent must be deposited in the
greater Minnesota transit fund under section
. The remaining money must be deposited
in the general fund.
Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1987 c 358 s 132
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1994 c 587 art 2 s 22
History: 1971 c 853 s 9; 1973 c 582 s 3; 1976 c 2 s 112; 1981 c 363 s 48; 1Sp1981 c 1 art
4 s 9; 1983 c 17 s 11; 1984 c 654 art 3 s 82; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 1 art 8 s 12; 1987 c 358 s
112; 1988 c 603 s 5; 1989 c 268 s 6; 1990 c 565 s 30; 1991 c 233 s 94; 1991 c 291 art 2 s 14;
1994 c 628 art 3 s 25; 2000 c 490 art 7 s 2; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 3 s 65; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 2 s 64;
1Sp2001 c 13 s 19; 1Sp2003 c 19 art 2 s 48
(a) Any person, including persons other than the purchaser, who prepares, completes, or
submits a false or fraudulent motor vehicle purchaser's certificate with intent to defeat or evade the
tax imposed under this chapter or any purchaser who fails to complete or submit a motor vehicle
purchaser's certificate with intent to defeat or evade the tax or who attempts to defeat or evade
the tax in any manner, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor unless the tax involved exceeds $300, in
which event the person is guilty of a felony. The term "person" as used in this section includes any
officer or employee of a corporation or a member or employee of a partnership who as an officer,
member, or employee is under a duty to perform the act with respect to which the violation occurs.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section
or any other provision of the criminal laws of
this state, an indictment may be found and filed, or a complaint filed, upon any criminal offense
specified in this section, in the proper court within six years after the commission of the offense.
(b) Any person who collects the tax imposed under this chapter from a purchaser and
willfully fails to remit the tax is guilty of a felony.
(c) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, unless the violation be of
the type referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(d) When two or more offenses in paragraph (a) or (b) are committed by the same person
within six months, the offenses may be aggregated; further, if the offenses are committed in more
than one county, the accused may be prosecuted for all the offenses aggregated under this clause
in any county in which one of the offenses was committed.
History: 1971 c 853 s 10; 1983 c 294 s 11; 1985 c 83 s 4; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 268 art
17 s 34; 1993 c 326 art 4 s 8; 2000 c 366 s 1
297B.11 REGISTRAR AS AGENT OF COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE; POWERS.
The state commissioner of revenue is charged with the administration of the sales tax on
motor vehicles. The commissioner may prescribe all rules not inconsistent with the provisions
of this chapter, necessary and advisable for the proper and efficient administration of the law.
The collection of this sales tax on motor vehicles shall be carried out by the motor vehicle
registrar who shall act as the agent of the commissioner and who shall be subject to all rules not
inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, that may be prescribed by the commissioner.
The provisions of chapters 270C, 289A, and 297A relating to the commissioner's authority
to audit, assess, and collect the tax, and to issue refunds and to hear appeals, are applicable to
the sales tax on motor vehicles. The commissioner may impose civil penalties as provided in
chapters 289A and 297A, and the additional tax and penalties are subject to interest at the rate
provided in section
History: 1971 c 853 s 11; 1973 c 582 s 3; 1985 c 83 s 5; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1994 c 416 art 3 s
4; 1994 c 587 art 2 s 21; 1997 c 31 art 2 s 50; 1997 c 84 art 6 s 26; 2005 c 151 art 2 s 14
297B.12 PRIVATE NATURE OF INFORMATION.
It shall be unlawful for the motor vehicle registrar, deputy registrars, or any other public
official or employee to divulge or otherwise make known in any manner any particulars disclosed
in any purchaser's certificate or any information concerning affairs of any person making such
certificate acquired from the purchaser's records, officers, or employees except in connection with
state or federal tax proceedings or upon request of the person named on the certificate. Nothing
herein contained should be construed to prohibit the publishing of statistics so classified as not to
disclose the identity of particular purchasers' certificates and the contents thereof. Any person
violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
History: 1971 c 853 s 12; 1985 c 291 s 24; 1986 c 444
297B.13 EXEMPTION FROM EXCISE TAX OF CHAPTER 297A.
As defined in Laws 1971, chapter 853, the sale or use of motor vehicles shall be exempt from
the excise tax imposed by chapter 297A; however, the leasing or other use of motor vehicles not
subject to tax under the provisions of the sales tax on motor vehicles laws shall be subject to the
provisions of said chapter.
History: 1971 c 853 s 15; 1994 c 587 art 2 s 21