45 IAC 2.2-1-1 - General definitions

Authority: IC 6-8.1-3-3

Affected: IC 6-2.5

Sec. 1.

(a) Unitary Transaction. For purposes of the state gross retail tax and use tax, such taxes shall apply and be computed in respect to each retail unitary transaction. A unitary transaction shall include all items of property and/or services for which a total combined charge or selling price is computed for payment irrespective of the fact that services which would not otherwise be taxable are included in the charge or selling price.
(b) Unitary Transaction-Public Utility. For purposes of the state gross retail tax and use tax, all public utility services and commodities subject to said taxes invoiced in a single billing or statement, including a minimum charge, submitted to a consumer for payment shall constitute a unitary transaction.
(c) Retail Transaction. The state gross retail tax is imposed on retail transactions made in Indiana. Three general categories are designated as "retail transactions". The first category is described as transactions of a retail merchant that constitute selling at retail as described in IC 6-2.5-4-1. The second category is described as transactions of a retail merchant that constitute making a wholesale sale as described in IC 6-2.5-4-2. The third category is described as a transaction that is described in any other section of IC 6-2.5-4.
(d) Casual Sales. The Indiana gross retail tax is not imposed on gross receipts from casual sales except for gross receipts from casual sales of motor vehicles and sales of rental property. A casual sale is an isolated or occasional sale by the owner of tangible personal property purchased or otherwise acquired for his use or consumption, where he is not regularly engaged in the business of making such sales.
(e) Retail Unitary Transaction. Regulatory definition of "retail unitary transaction" is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].
(f) Person. Regulatory definition of "person" is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].
(g) Department. Regulatory definition of "department" as the Indiana department of state revenue is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].
(h) Gross Retail Income. Regulatory definition of "gross retail income" is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].
(i) Gross Retail Income of a Public Utility or Power Subsidiary. Gross retail income includes all gross retail income including minimum charge, flat charge, membership fee, or any other form of charge or billing.
(j) Like Kind Exchange: Additional Consideration. Non-taxability extends only to the amount of value of the property received. Any additional consideration, commonly known as "boot", received either in cash or property of unlike kind, must be reported for taxation at actual value. However, when any property is clearly used as a medium of exchange in lieu of cash, the element of taxable exchange will be present.
(k) Like Kind Exchange: Limited to Two Parties. Non-taxable "exchanges" include only transactions for a swap or barter of property between two parties. Property received in an exchange transaction in which a third party is involved, with or without property, is subject to gross retail tax. This rule is not meant to deny non-taxability of exchanges where one or both of the parties in a two-party exchange employ an agent in carrying out the agreement.
(l) Like Kind Exchange: Property to be Owned by Parties at Time of Exchange. Non-taxable "exchanges" include only transactions in which the property exchanged is owned by the parties thereto at the time the exchange agreement is entered into. Transactions in which the property to be exchanged is acquired by one party after the agreement to exchange has been arranged are taxable. The exchange agreement must specify the definite units or quantity of property to be exchanged. However, "retail merchants" are allowed to consider as non-taxable the full value of tangible personal property of like kind received in allowable exchanges, even though ownership of the property received is encumbered by a conditional sales contract, retail installment contract, or a chattel mortgage.
(m) Internal Revenue Code. Regulatory definition of "Internal Revenue Code" as the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].
(n) Retail Merchant. Regulatory definition of "retail merchant" is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].
(o) Tax Year or Taxable Year. Regulatory definition of "tax year" or "taxable year" is used synonymously with the act [IC 6-2.5].


45 IAC 2.2-1-1
Department of State Revenue; Ch. 1, Regs. 6-2.5-1-1 through 6-2.5-1-9; filed Dec 1, 1982, 10:35 am: 6 IR 8; filed Aug 6, 1987, 4:30 pm: 10 IR 2610

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