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TSSN-39

Special Notice Concerning Battery Deposit


Effective October 1, 1990, in accordance with Public Act 90-248, Section 3, each person who purchases a lead acid or motor vehicle battery shall be assessed a $5.00 deposit for each new battery. A retailer of lead acid or motor vehicle batteries shall give a trade-in credit of $5.00 to the purchaser of a new battery if a used battery is returned to the retailer at the time of purchase or shall give a refund of $5.00 if a used battery is returned with a sales receipt within thirty days of the purchase date.

Because the $5.00 deposit received accrues to the retailer, the Department of Revenue Services deems the deposit to be a part of the total gross receipts of the sale of the battery. The Sales and Use Tax is computed on the total gross receipts of the sale including the $5.00 deposit before the trade-in credit or refund is applied.

Example 1 - In the event that a customer purchases a new battery without returning a used battery at the time of purchase or within 30 days of the purchase date:

$40.00
total gross receipts of the sale including the $5.00 deposit
3.20
Sales and Use Tax
43.20
gross receipts and sales tax

Example 2 - In the event that a used battery is traded in at the time of sale:

$40.00
total gross receipts of the sale including the $5.00 deposit
3.20
Sales and Use Tax
43.20
gross receipts and sales tax
-5.00
trade-in credit
38.20
charge to customer

Example 3 - In the event that a used battery is returned to the retailer with a receipt within 30 days from the date of purchase, the customer shall receive a $5.00 refund:

$40.00
total gross receipts of the sale including the $5.00 deposit
3.20
Sales and Use Tax
43.20
gross receipts and sales tax
-5.00
refund
38.20
net cost to customer

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TSSN-39 (New 12/90)