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296A.15 PAYMENT OF TAX.
    Subdivision 1. Monthly gasoline report; shrinkage allowance. (a) Except as provided in
paragraph (e), on or before the 23rd day of each month, every person who is required to pay a
gasoline tax shall file with the commissioner a report, in the form and manner prescribed by the
commissioner, showing the number of gallons of petroleum products received by the reporter
during the preceding calendar month, and other information the commissioner may require. A
written report is deemed to have been filed as required in this subdivision if postmarked on or
before the 23rd day of the month in which the tax is payable.
(b) The number of gallons of gasoline must be reported in United States standard liquid
gallons, 231 cubic inches, except that the commissioner may upon written application and for
cause shown permit the distributor to report the number of gallons of gasoline as corrected to a
temperature of 60-degrees Fahrenheit. If the application is granted, all gasoline covered in the
application and allowed by the commissioner must continue to be reported by the distributor on
the adjusted basis for a period of one year from the date of the granting of the application. The
number of gallons of petroleum products other than gasoline must be reported as originally
invoiced. Each report must show separately the number of gallons of aviation gasoline received
by the reporter during each calendar month.
(c) Each report must also include the amount of gasoline tax on gasoline received by the
reporter during the preceding month. In computing the tax a deduction of 2.5 percent of the
quantity of gasoline received by a distributor shall be made for evaporation and loss. At the time
of reporting, the reporter shall submit satisfactory evidence that one-third of the 2.5 percent
deduction has been credited or paid to dealers on quantities sold to them.
(d) Each report shall contain a confession of judgment for the amount of the tax shown
due to the extent not timely paid.
(e) Under certain circumstances and with the approval of the commissioner, taxpayers may
be allowed to file reports annually.
    Subd. 2. Petroleum tank release cleanup fee. Persons required to pay a petroleum tank
release cleanup fee under section 115C.08, subdivision 3, must file a report with the commissioner
of revenue. Each report must include the amount of fees due on petroleum products. Reports must
be filed in the form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. A written report is considered
filed as required if postmarked on or before the 23rd day of the month in which the fee is payable.
    Subd. 3. Monthly special fuel report; shrinkage allowance. On or before the 23rd day of
each month, distributors, special fuel dealers, and bulk purchasers shall file a report in the form
and manner prescribed by the commissioner. Reports shall contain information as follows:
(a) Distributors of undyed diesel fuel and undyed kerosene must file a monthly tax return
with the department listing all purchases or receipts of undyed diesel fuel and undyed kerosene.
Distributors may be allowed to take a credit or credits under section 296A.16, subdivision 1.
(b) Distributors and dealers of special fuel other than undyed diesel fuel or undyed kerosene
shall report the total number of gallons delivered to them during the preceding calendar month
and shall pay the special fuel excise tax due to the commissioner. The invoice must show the true
and correct name and address of the purchaser, and the purchaser's signature. The report shall
contain other information as the commissioner may require.
(c) Distributors and dealers of special fuel other than undyed diesel fuel or undyed kerosene
must pay the special fuel excise tax on all special fuel delivered or sold into the supply tank of
an aircraft or licensed motor vehicle and shall file a report with the commissioner. The report
shall show the total number of gallons delivered or sold into the supply tank of an aircraft or
licensed motor vehicle during the preceding calendar month and the special fuel excise tax due
shall be paid to the commissioner. Any person delivering special fuel on which the excise tax
has not previously been paid into the supply tank of an aircraft or a licensed motor vehicle shall
report such delivery and shall pay or collect and pay to the commissioner the excise tax on
the special fuel so delivered.
(d) Distributors and special fuel dealers may, subject to the approval of the commissioner,
elect to pay to the commissioner the special fuel excise tax on all special fuel delivered or sold
into the supply tank of an aircraft or licensed motor vehicle. Under this option, an invoice must
be issued at the time of each delivery showing the name and address of the purchaser, date of
sale, number of gallons, price per gallon, and total amount of sale. A separate sales ticket book
shall be maintained for special fuel sales. The tax is also imposed on all special fuel held in
storage on the effective date of this election.
(e) Bulk purchasers shall report and pay the special fuel excise tax on all special fuel,
including alternative fuels, except undyed diesel fuel or undyed kerosene purchased by them
for storage during the preceding calendar month. In such cases as the commissioner may
permit, credit for the excise tax due or previously paid on special fuel not used in aircraft or
licensed motor vehicles may be allowed in computing tax liability. The report shall contain other
information as the commissioner may require.
(f) In computing the special fuel excise tax due, a deduction of one percent of the quantity of
special fuel on which tax is due shall be made for evaporation and loss.
(g) Each report shall contain a confession of judgment for the amount of the tax shown
due to the extent not timely paid.
    Subd. 4. Failure to use or sell for intended purpose; report required. (a) Any person who
buys aviation gasoline or special fuel for aircraft use and who has paid the excise taxes due
directly or indirectly through the amount of the tax being included in the price, or otherwise, and
uses said gasoline or special fuel in motor vehicles or knowingly sells it to any person for use in
motor vehicles shall, on or before the 23rd day of the month following that in which such gasoline
or special fuel was so used or sold, report the fact of the use or sale to the commissioner in the
form and manner prescribed by the commissioner.
(b) Any person who buys gasoline other than aviation gasoline and who has paid the motor
vehicle gasoline excise tax directly or indirectly through the amount of the tax being included in
the price of the gasoline, or otherwise, who knowingly sells such gasoline to any person to be
used for the purpose of producing or generating power for propelling aircraft, or who receives,
stores, or withdraws from storage gasoline to be used for that purpose, shall, on or before the 23rd
day of the month following that in which such gasoline was so sold, stored, or withdrawn from
storage, report the fact of the sale, storage, or withdrawal from storage to the commissioner in the
form and manner prescribed by the commissioner.
    Subd. 5. On-farm bulk storage of gasoline or special fuel; ethanol for personal use.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, a farmer who uses gasoline or any special fuel
on which a tax has not been paid shall report and pay the tax on all gasoline or special fuel
delivered into the supply tank of a licensed motor vehicle during the preceding calendar year. The
tax must be reported and paid in the form and manner prescribed by the commissioner together
with any refund claim filed by the taxpayer under section 296A.16. If no refund claim is filed, the
tax must be reported and paid annually by March 15 or more frequently, as the commissioner
may prescribe. Any producer qualifying under this subdivision is exempt from the licensing
requirements in section 296A.03, subdivision 1.
    Subd. 6. Inspection fee. Persons required to pay an inspection fee under section 239.101
must file a report with the commissioner of revenue. Each report must include the amount
of inspection fees due on petroleum products. Reports must be filed in the form and manner
prescribed by the commissioner. A written report is considered filed as required if postmarked on
or before the 23rd day of the month in which the fee is payable.
    Subd. 7. Electronic payment required. All remittances must be made by electronic means.
    Subd. 8. Electronically filed return or report; signature. The commissioner may require
that returns or reports be filed electronically. For purposes of this chapter, the name of the
taxpayer, the name of the taxpayer's authorized agent, or the taxpayer's identification number
constitutes a signature when transmitted as part of the information on returns or reports filed by
electronic means by the taxpayer or at the taxpayer's direction. "Electronic means" includes,
but is not limited to, the use of a touch-tone telephone to transmit return or report information
in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.
History: 1998 c 299 s 15; 1998 c 408 s 10; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 13 s 7; art 17 s 15