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SN 2002(8)

2002 Sales and Use Taxes and Motor Vehicle Rental Surcharge Legislation

This publication has been superseded by SN 2002(8.1)

Purpose: This Special Notice summarizes 2002 legislation affecting sales and use taxes and the motor vehicle rental surcharge. It also covers laws enacted before 2002 that take effect in 2002.

Effective Date: Effective dates are noted below.

Statutory Authority: 2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 1 (May 9 Spec. Sess.), 2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 70, and previous legislation cited below.

Sales and Use Taxes

Effective February 28, 2002

Patient Care Services. Amends the exclusion for patient care services to provide that patient care services for which payment is received by the hospital (formerly “rendered by”) between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2003, are excluded from tax.

(2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 3, §1)

Effective July 1, 2002

Aircraft Management Services. The tax imposed on business analysis, management, management consulting, and public relations services excludes the services rendered in connection with an aircraft leased or owned by a certificated air carrier or in connection with an aircraft that has a maximum certificated take-off weight of 6000 pounds or more, retroactive to January 1, 1994. 

(2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 1, §§65, 67, May 9 Spec. Sess.)

Storage Space. Tax is imposed on the furnishing of space for storage of personal property by a person engaged in such a business, excluding space used by a person for residential purposes. 

(2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 1, §§66, 68, May 9 Spec. Sess.)

Computer and Data Processing Services. The tax on computer and data processing services, which was originally scheduled to expire on July 1, 2002, is extended to July 1, 2004.  Therefore, computer and data processing services remain taxable at 1% through June 30, 2004.

(2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 1, §§69, 70, May 9 Spec. Sess.)

Sunset of Exemptions Relating to Vehicles Powered by Clean Alternative Fuel. The following exemptions expire on July 1, 2002:

  • New motor vehicles powered by clean alternative fuel (Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(67));

  • Conversion equipment for converting vehicles to clean alternative fuel (Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(68)); and

  • Equipment in compressed natural gas filling or electric recharging station for vehicles powered by clean alternative fuel (Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(69)).

These items are now subject to sales and use taxes.

Sunset of Exemption for High MPG Vehicles.  Sales of motor vehicles with an estimated highway gasoline mileage rating of at least 50 miles per gallon on or after July 1, 2002, are now subject to sales and use taxes. 

(Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(110))

Effective August 1, 2002

Cellular Mobile Telephone Service. In accordance with federal law (P.L. 106-274, 4 U.S.C. §§116-126), the Connecticut sourcing rules for taxing cellular mobile telephone service are as follows:

  • All charges for cellular telephone service are subject to Connecticut sales and use taxes if the service is billed by or for a customer’s home service provider, if the street address where the customer’s cellular telephone usage primarily occurs (place of primary use) is in Connecticut, regardless of where calls originate, terminate, or pass through;

  • The home service provider is the company that contracts with the customer to provide the cellular telephone service.  The home service provider is responsible for obtaining and maintaining a record of each customer’s place of primary use.  It may use any address it has for the customer as of July 28, 2002, unless the Commissioner of Revenue Services (Commissioner) notifies it of a different address;.

  • The Commissioner may make determinations as to customers’ places of primary use and may provide home service providers with electronic databases of customers’ places of primary use; and

  • Customers have certain appeal rights to the home service provider and to the Commissioner in the case of a claim of an erroneous assignment of a place of primary use.

The current sourcing rules for cellular telecommunications service in Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-407a(b) apply prior to August 2, 2002.  If the federal law on which the new changes to these sourcing rules is based is substantially limited or impaired by the final judgment of a court, the original sourcing rules of Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-407a(b) apply to services rendered on or after the date of entry of the judgment.

With respect to all telecommunications service providers, nontaxable charges that are not separately stated from taxable charges for telecommunications services may be taxable unless the provider can reasonably identify the nontaxable charges in its books and records.  A customer may not assume that any charges are nontaxable unless the provider separately states the charges or the provider supplies verifiable data from its books and records that identifies the nontaxable charges. 

(2001 Conn. Pub. Acts 6, §71, June Spec. Sess.)

Effective January 1, 2003

Renumbering of Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-407. Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-407 is renumbered and cross-references to it in other statutes are updated to match.  DRS will issue an Announcement to summarize these changes.

(2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 103, §1)

Motor Vehicle Rental Surcharge

Effective July 1, 2002

Surcharge Extended to Rental Trucks. The 3% motor vehicle rental surcharge applies to the rental of rental trucks, defined as either a vehicle rented without a driver that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less and that is used in the transportation of personal property but not for business purposes, or a trailer that has a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 6,000 pounds. (Policy Statement 2000(5), Motor Vehicle Rental Surcharge and the Tourism Account Surcharge, will be updated.)

(2002 Conn. Pub. Acts 70, §85)

Effect on Other Documents: None affected.

Effect of This Document: A Special Notice is a document that announces a new policy or practice in response to changes in State or federal laws or regulations or to judicial decisions.  A Special Notice indicates an informal interpretation of Connecticut tax law by DRS and may be referred to for general guidance by taxpayers or tax practitioners.

For Further Information: Please call DRS during business hours, Monday through Friday:

  • 1-800-382-9463(toll-free within Connecticut), or
  • 860-297-5962(from anywhere)

TTY, TDD, and Text Telephone users only may transmit inquiries 24 hours a day by calling 860-297-4911.

SN 2002(8)
Sales and Use Taxes
Motor Vehicle Rental Surcharge
Issued: 7/22/2002