S.C. Code Regs. 117-309.15 - Rentals and Leases
The gross receipts or gross proceeds proceeding or accruing from the leasing or renting of tangible personal property are subject to the sales or use tax.
When on long-term continuing lease agreements where the lessor is required to furnish, for a consideration, maintenance services and/or operating supplies, the tax may be paid measured by (1) the total amount received, or (2) the total amount, taking as a deduction on the return charges for such services and/or supplies.
By using the first method, the lessor may purchase tax-free, as for resale, all items of tangible personal property passed on to the lessee. By using the second method, tax must be paid on all items of tangible personal property used in servicing the leased property.
If the owner of tangible personal property furnishes an operator or crew to operate such property, such owner is not deemed to be renting or leasing the property but is rendering a service and the receipts therefrom are not subject to the sales or use tax. Persons purchasing tangible personal property for use in rendering such service are liable for payment of sales or use tax at the applicable rate on the purchase price.
Where a person customarily rents tangible personal property and customarily withdraws the same for his own use, storage or consumption, a tax is due by such person on each withdrawal for use, the tax to be measured by the amount he would customarily receive as rental had the property been leased or rented for a like period of time. In the alternative the tax may be paid on the full purchase price of the property and no further liability incurred on withdrawals for use. Having once elected either method of reporting on withdrawals for use, the taxpayer must so continue unless and until permission has been received from the department in writing to make a change. Regardless of the method selected for accounting for the tax on withdrawals for use, the tax is due on all amounts proceeding or accruing from the rental, lease or sale of the property.
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