297A.90 INTERSTATE MOTOR CARRIERS AS RETAILERS.
Subdivision 1. Registration; records.
(a) A person who is engaged in interstate for-hire
transportation of tangible personal property or passengers by motor vehicle may, under rules
prescribed by the commissioner, register as a retailer and pay the taxes imposed by this chapter in
accordance with this section. Any taxes paid under this section are use taxes.
(b) As used in this section, "person" means:
(1) one who possesses a certificate or permit or has completed a registration process that
authorizes for-hire transportation of property or passengers from the United States Department of
Transportation or the Department of Transportation;
(2) one who transports commodities defined as "exempt" in for-hire transportation in
interstate commerce; or
(3) one who transports tangible personal property in interstate commerce, pursuant to
contracts with persons described in clause (1) or (2).
Persons qualifying under clause (2) or (3) must maintain on a current basis the same type
of mileage records that are required by persons specified in clause (1) by the United States
Department of Transportation.
(c) Persons who in the course of their business are transporting solely their own goods in
interstate commerce may also register as retailers under rules prescribed by the commissioner and
pay the taxes imposed by this chapter in accordance with this section.
Subd. 2. Payment of tax.
(a) Persons who are registered as retailers may make purchases in
this state or import property into this state without payment of the sales or use taxes imposed by
this chapter at the time of purchase or importation, if the purchases or importations come within
the provisions of this section and are made in strict compliance with the rules of the commissioner.
(b) A person described in subdivision 1 may elect to pay directly to the commissioner any
sales or use tax that may be due under this chapter for the acquisition of mobile transportation
equipment and parts and accessories attached or to be attached to such equipment registered
(c) The total cost of such equipment and parts and accessories attached or to be attached to
such equipment must be multiplied by a fraction. The numerator of the fraction is the Minnesota
mileage as reported on the current pro rata application provided for in section
denominator of the fraction is the total mileage reported on the current pro rata registration
application. The amount so determined must be multiplied by the tax rate to obtain the tax due.
In computing the tax under this section "sales price" does not include the amount of any tax,
except any manufacturer's or importer's excise tax, imposed by the United States upon or with
respect to retail sales, whether imposed on the retailer or the consumer.
(d) A retailer covered by this section shall make a return and remit to the commissioner the
tax due for the preceding calendar month in accordance with sections
Subd. 3. Registration subsequent to payment of tax.
A person who has paid the tax under
this chapter or chapter 297B and who meets the requirements of this section at the time of the
sale, but was not registered under this section at the time of the sale, may register as a retailer,
make a return, and file for a refund of the difference between the tax calculated under this chapter
or chapter 297B and the tax calculated under subdivision 2.
Subd. 4. Agreement with commissioner of public safety.
Notwithstanding subdivisions 1 to
3, the commissioner may enter into an agreement with the commissioner of public safety whereby,
upon approval of both commissioners, the commissioner of public safety shall collect the sales
tax on motor vehicles from persons defined in subdivision 1. For the purpose of collecting the tax,
the commissioner of public safety shall act as the agent of the commissioner of revenue and shall
be subject to all rules consistent with this chapter that may be prescribed by the commissioner.
History: 2000 c 418 art 1 s 33; 2001 c 213 s 30; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 12 s 77