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HOUSE BILL NO. 466

INTRODUCED BY S. STAFFANSON, S. HINEBAUCH, D. JONES, W. SALES

 

AN ACT ALLOWING USE OF CERTAIN CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD PURCHASES TO ESTIMATE AGRICULTURAL USAGE OF SPECIAL FUEL; REQUIRING A RECEIPT THAT IDENTIFIES THE PURCHASER AND ADDRESS OF PURCHASE AS EVIDENCE OF A CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD PURCHASE; AMENDING SECTION 15-70-430, MCA; AND PROVIDING A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

 

     Section 1.  Section 15-70-430, MCA, is amended to read:

     "15-70-430.  Estimate allowed for agricultural use -- seller's signed statement acceptable on keylock or cardtrol purchases. (1) (a) An applicant whose use qualifies as agricultural use may apply for a refund of the applicable tax on the gallons of gasoline or special fuel as indicated by bulk delivery invoices or by evidence of keylock or or cardtrol purchases as an estimate of off-highway use.

     (b) An applicant whose use qualifies as agricultural use may apply for a refund of the applicable tax on the gallons of special fuel as indicated by evidence of credit or debit card purchases as an estimate of off-highway use.

     (c) To ensure that the applicant's use qualifies as agricultural use, the department of transportation may request state or federal income tax information from the applicant or the department of revenue to determine the ratio of the applicant's gross earned farm income to total gross earned income, excluding unearned income, provided that the department of transportation gives notice to the applicant.

     (2)  (a) For purposes of application for a refund under subsection (1)(a), the department shall accept, as evidence of keylock or cardtrol purchases, a statement of the sale of gasoline or special fuel with applicable Montana tax that identifies the purchaser and specifically identifies the transaction as a keylock or cardtrol purchase.

     (b) For purposes of application for a refund under subsection (1)(b), the department shall accept, as evidence of credit or debit card purchases, a receipt for the sale of special fuel with applicable Montana tax that identifies the purchaser, the physical address of the dealer, the type of fuel purchased, and the number of gallons purchased and that specifically identifies the transaction as a credit or debit card purchase. Only credit or debit card purchases within 50 miles of the agricultural operation of the applicant are eligible for a refund.

     (3)  An applicant may apply for a refund of the applicable tax on gallons of gasoline or special fuel as indicated by bulk delivery invoices or by evidence of keylock, or cardtrol, or credit or debit card purchases according to the applicant's ratio of gross earned farm income to total gross earned income, excluding unearned income, as follows:

     (a)  if the ratio is 50% or more, the applicant may apply for a refund of 60% of the gasoline or special fuel tax;

     (b)  if the ratio is between 40% and 49%, the applicant may apply for a refund of 50% of the gasoline or special fuel tax;

     (c)  if the ratio is between 30% and 39%, the applicant may apply for a refund of 40% of the gasoline or special fuel tax; and

     (d)  if the ratio is less than 30%, the applicant is not eligible for a refund of the gasoline or special fuel tax under this section.

     (4)  If the applicant's ratio in any of the 3 previous years on record is higher than the present year, the highest ratio must be used to calculate the eligible refund.

     (5)  If any invoice or evidence is either lost or destroyed, the purchaser may support the purchaser's claim for refund by submitting an affidavit relating the circumstances of the loss or destruction and by producing other evidence that may be required by the department of transportation.

     (6)  An applicant whose use does not qualify as agricultural use may not estimate and shall maintain records as required by 15-70-426."

 

     Section 2.  Effective date. [This act] is effective January 1, 2018.

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