Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 8. Metal Mines Gross Proceeds


15-23-801. Definitions. As used in this part, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Agreement not at arm's length" means an agreement between parties when the sales price does not represent market value.

(2) "Basic treatment and refinery charges" means the costs or charges incurred in the smelting, refining, or other treatment of ore and includes:

(a) labor costs, including wages, salaries, and fringe benefits;

(b) utility and fuel costs;

(c) costs of maintenance, repairs, and supplies;

(d) costs of materials;

(e) depreciation computed on a straight-line basis with a 20-year life for buildings and improvements and a 7-year life for all other depreciable assets;

(f) equipment and machinery rental;

(g) costs of pollution control, environmental testing, and slag removal;

(h) costs incurred for training, freight, engineering services, insurance, and license fees directly attributable to smelting or refining;

(i) administrative services in Montana, including that portion of accounting, laboratory, purchasing, human resources, and warehouse allocable to smelting or refining; and

(j) any costs, charges, or fees paid by the mining company to other persons or entities for treating or processing ore, concentrate, dore, bullion, matte, or other form of processed concentrate.

(3) "Gross proceeds" or "gross metal yield" or "gross value of product" means the receipts realized from the extraction and sale of metals or concentrate containing metals.

(4) "Merchantable value" means the receipts of all salable metals produced or extracted in a county over a 12-month period. If the extracted ores are milled, smelted, or reduced by the taxpayer, then the merchantable value in the county in which they are extracted is the receipts received for these metals after processing.

(5) "Receipts received" means the monetary payment or refined metal received by the mining company from the metal trader, smelter, roaster, or refinery, determined by multiplying the quantity of metal received by the metal trader, smelter, roaster, or refinery by the quoted price for the metal and then subtracting the following:

(a) basic treatment and refinery charges;

(b) costs of transporting the mineral product from the mine or mill to the smelter or other processor, including costs of demurrage, storage, interest, and other miscellaneous costs related to transporting the mineral product;

(c) quantity deductions;

(d) price deductions;

(e) interest; and

(f) penalty metal, impurity, and moisture deductions as specified by contract between the mining company and the receiving metal trader, smelter, roaster, or refinery.

History: En. 84-7901 by Sec. 7, Ch. 498, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 84-7901; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 672, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 524, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 342, L. 2003.