Haw. Code R. § 18-243-4-02 - Refund of fuel tax on diesel oil and liquefied petroleum gas used for operating motor vehicles in areas other than upon the public highways of the State

Current through October, 2021

(a) Definitions. For purposes of section18-243-4-02:

"Diesel oil" means diesel oil for which tax rates are provided in paragraph (1) of section 243-4(a), HRS, and paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 243-4(b), HRS.

"Liquefied petroleum gas" means liquefied petroleum gas for which tax rates are provided in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 243-4(c), HRS.

"Non-highway use" or "off the highway use" means use of diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas for operating motor vehicles in areas other than upon the public highways of the State.

(b) Furnishing of exemption certificate; exception.
(1) For any user of diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas who furnished an exemption certificate to the distributor, or the distributor who uses diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas signs such certificate, certifying that diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas is for use in operating motor vehicles off the public highways, the taxes imposed under paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 243-4(b), HRS, and paragraph (2) of section 243-4(c), HRS, shall not be applicable.
(2) In the event an exemption certificate is not or cannot be furnished to the distributor, the tax shall be imposed upon all sales for operating motor vehicles and collected as if the diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas is to be used for operating motor vehicles upon the public highways of the State.
(3) Exception. An exemption certificate shall not be required if (i) diesel oil is used as a fuel for operating a stationary engine, watercraft, or for heating purposes, or (ii) liquefied petroleum gas is used exclusively for fuel and heating purposes in a home, restaurant, or an industrial plant and not used for operating an internal combustion engine in such areas. Notwithstanding the foregoing exception, the imposition of the 1 cent tax with respect to diesel oil used for purposes stated therein shall not be exempted.
(c) Amount of refund; interest thereon.
(1) The amount of state and county fuel taxes subject to refund shall be determined by multiplying the gallons of:
(A) Diesel oil used for operating motor vehicles off the highways by the tax rates as provided under sections 243-4(b)(1) through (4), HRS, and 243-5, HRS, and
(B) Liquefied petroleum gas used for operating motor vehicles off the highways by the tax rates as provided under sections 243-4(c)(2) and 243-5, HRS.
(2) Any interest accruing on a claim for refund shall be made as provided under sections 231-23(c)(1) and 231-23(d)(1) and (2), HRS.
(d) Claiming of refund; when and how.
(1) The ultimate user of the diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas may obtain refund of all taxes imposed under paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 243-4(b), HRS, and paragraph (2) of section 243-4(c), HRS, by filing a claim form quarterly or annually with the Tax Collector in the ultimate user's taxation district in a situation where:
(A) an exemption certificate was not or could not be furnished to the distributor and the tax was imposed and collected as provided under paragraph (b)(2); or
(B) the diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas was initially purchased and intended for use upon the highways but was subsequently used off the highways.
(2) A claim may be filed quarterly if the amount of refund is in excess of $1,000 within any calendar quarter. Where the amount of refund within a calendar quarter is not in excess of $1,000 but the cumulative amounts for two or more calendar quarters exceed $1,000, a claim for refund covering such calendar quarters may be filed. Any claim not in excess of $1,000 quarterly or cumulative quarterly shall be filed on a calendar year basis regardless of the basis used for record keeping purposes or for filing other tax returns.

Example: "A" Corporation is a calendar year taxpayer. It is entitled to refund of the following amounts of diesel oil and liquefied petroleum gas taxes imposed and paid as provided under paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 243-4(b), HRS, and paragraph (2) of section 243-4(c), HRS, at the end of each quarter:

January 1 through March 31 $2,500
April 1 through June 30 500
July 1 through September 30 600
October 1 through December 1 1,500

"A" Corporation may elect to file quarterly claims for the quarters ending March 31 and December 31. It may not file quarterly claims for the quarters ending June 30 and September 30 since the amounts within those quarters were less than $1,000. However, the refund for such quarters may be combined and the cumulative amount of $1,100 ($500+$600) may be claimed for the quarter ending September 30.

(e) Allocation of use. Diesel oil and liquefied petroleum gas used for operating motor vehicles both off and on the highways of the State may be allocated on actual gallons used, percentage of total gallons used or other basis acceptable by the director. Such allocation must be based, however, upon operating experiences and supported by taxpayer's records.
(f) Information to be furnished on claim. An itemized list showing the various motor vehicles utilized and the corresponding gallons of diesel oil and liquefied petroleum gas used on such motor vehicles need not be submitted with the claim. A claim for refund shall be supported by furnishing the following information:
(1) Total gallons on hand at beginning of the period.
(2) Total gallons purchased during the period.
(3) Total gallons used for off the public highway purposes.
(4) Total gallons used for purposes other than in paragraph (3).
(5) Total gallons on hand at end of the period.
(6) Name of the county in which the diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas was used. (Separate claim to be filed for each county).
(7) Name of the seller or sellers. If, however, separate records are maintained for diesel oil and liquefied petroleum gas on each motor vehicle, information pertinent to items in paragraphs (1), (2), (4) and (5) of the foregoing need not be furnished.
(g) Records. Taxpayers are expected to keep at their principal place of business in the State such records as will enable the director to verify the accuracy of the refund claimed. The records must show separately the gallons of diesel oil or liquefied petroleum gas used for the purpose that will qualify for refund.

Notes

Haw. Code R. § 18-243-4-02
[Eff 2/16/82, am and ren 8/12/02] (Auth: HRS §§ 231-3(9), 243-4, 243-16) (Imp: HRS § 243-4)
The amended version of this section by Hawaii Administrative Rules Listing of Filings, 2021-01, August, eff. 8/21/2021 is not yet available.

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