§ I-4369. Sales Returned to Dealer ; Credit or Refund of Tax
A.R.S. 47:315(A) and 47:337.34(A)provide special rules for the handling of taxes which have been charged to the account of a purchaser, consumer, or user in cases where the property sold has been returned to the dealer or where a refund is made of the charges for services upon which a tax was based. In either case, if the tax has been collected or charged to the account of the purchaser or consumer or user and has not yet been remitted to the collector, and a refund or credit is made to the purchaser or consumer, the dealer may delete the sale and the tax due in submitting his return for the current tax period. If the merchandise is returned to the dealer or if a refund is made to the customer for any charges for services after the tax collected or charged to the customer's account has been remitted to the collector, the dealer may file an amended sales tax return for the period in which the tax so refunded was originally remitted. The blank return form must be obtained from the appropriate taxing authority to ensure that it bears the correct taxpayer identification and account information and the proper marking of an "amended" return. The dealer must complete the amended return by reporting sales and deductions after making the proper adjustments to reflect the rescinded sale or sales. The credit balance which will result from the computation of total tax, penalty, and interest will be refunded to the dealer in the same manner as a credit return which is timely filed in accordance with § 4351.
B.R.S. 47:315(B) and R.S. 47:337.34(B)provide a dealer with a method for claiming refunds for the recovery of taxes which have been remitted to the collector, but are later written off as uncollectible accounts from credit customers. Dealers submitting refund claims should be aware of the following restrictions specifically provided in or authorized by R.S. 47:315(B) and 47:337.34(B).
1. The state sales or use tax is refundable on debts incurred after January 1, 1976, that ultimately become worthless. The tax will not be refunded on worthless debts incurred prior to January 1, 1976. The local sales or use tax is refundable on debts incurred after September 3, 1989, which ultimately become worthless. The tax will not be refunded on worthless debts incurred prior to September 3, 1989.
2. Before the collector can issue a sales tax refund on a bad debt, the debt must actually have been deducted on a federal income tax return in accordance with Section 166 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Since the issuance of refunds is tied to charge-offs on the annual federal return, the collector will process one refund per year for each dealer.
3. If after a debt is charged off as worthless and a sales tax refund issued, all or some portion of the debt is collected, the gross amount collected shall be reported as a new sale for the period when the recovery is made.
4. The local credit or refund shall be granted whenever the Louisiana Department of Revenue has found the dealer to be entitled to reimbursement in accordance with R.S. 47:337.34(B)(1).
5. The sales tax is refundable only on those bad debts that are the result of credit or deferred payment sales of tangible personal property and sales of services financed by the dealer making the sale. No refund is authorized on bad debts arising from leases or rentals, even though tax may have been charged on such transactions, or on sales financed by lending institutions or independent credit card plans, unless the lender has full recourse against the seller for any unpaid amounts. The sales tax is refundable on bad debts which arise because of the issuance of worthless checks only to the extent the check was in payment of taxable tangible personal property.
6. No refund will be issued in the case where a dealer has repossessed saleable merchandise and cancelled the customer's credit obligation.
7. Dealers may recover sales tax remitted on bad debts solely through the issuance of refunds by the collector. Dealers must continue to file sales tax returns reporting their total sales of merchandise during each taxable period, regardless of whether customer obligations have been collected. Deductions for bad debt losses may not be taken on sales tax returns.
C. Refund claims submitted to the collector must be accompanied by schedules detailing the names of debtors whose obligations were charged off, the uncollectible amounts, the amount of debt written off which was incurred prior to January 1, 1976, for state sales or use tax purposes or September 3, 1989, for local sales or use tax purposes, nontaxable portion of debt written off, and tax claimed.
1. Refunds will not be issued based solely upon increases in bad debt reserve amounts. Dealers who maintain such reserve accounts must base their claims on the individual bad debts charged against the reserve.
2. Taxpayers who charge off more that 200 taxable accounts annually, and for whom the furnishing of detailed information required above would be unreasonably burdensome, may apply for permission to submit the required data in some other form.
3. All refund claims filed with the collector are subject to office or field examination and verification, so dealers must maintain auditable records to support their claims. The records must be able to substantiate that the sales tax was charged and remitted to the collector on the original sales and that the dealers made reasonable efforts to collect the debt amounts. Dealers must have good evidence that debts charged off are worthless and will remain so in the future. The debt must actually be charged off as worthless on a federal income tax return before a refund of state sales or use tax will be processed by the Department of Revenue. The credit or refund for local sales or use tax shall be granted whenever the Louisiana Department of Revenue has found the dealer to be entitled to reimbursement in accordance with R.S. 47:337.34(B)(1). In the absence of the required records, a dealer will not be entitled to refund.(Promulgated by the Department of Revenue and Taxation, Sales Tax Section, LR 13:107 (February 1987), amended by the Department of Revenue, Policy Services Division, LR 31:97 (January 2005).)
AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 47:315, R.S. 47:337.2, R.S 47:337.34, and R.S 47:1511.
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