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CHAPTER 162. MOTOR FUEL TAXES

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TAX CODETITLE 2. STATE TAXATIONSUBTITLE E. SALES, EXCISE, AND USE TAXESCHAPTER 162. MOTOR FUEL TAXESSUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONSSec. 162.001.DEFINITIONS.In this chapter:(1)"Agricultural purpose" means a purpose associated with the following activities:(A)cultivating the soil;(B)producing crops for human food, animal feed, or planting seed or for the production of fibers;(C)floriculture, viticulture, silviculture, and horticulture, including the cultivation of plants in containers or nonsoil media;(D)raising, feeding, or keeping livestock or other animals for the production of food or fiber, leather, pelts, or other tangible products having a commercial value;(E)wildlife management;and(F)planting cover crops, including cover crops cultivated for transplantation, or leaving land idle for the purpose of participating in any governmental program or normal crop or livestock rotation procedure.(2)"Alcohol" means motor fuel grade ethanol or a mixture of motor fuel grade ethanol and methanol, excluding denaturant and water, that is a minimum of 98 percent ethanol or methanol by volume.(3)"Aviation fuel" means aviation gasoline or aviation jet fuel.(4)"Aviation fuel dealer" means a person who:(A)is the operator of an aircraft servicing facility;(B)delivers gasoline or diesel fuel exclusively into the fuel supply tanks of aircraft or into equipment used solely for servicing aircraft and used exclusively off-highway;and(C)does not use, sell, or distribute gasoline or diesel fuel on which a fuel tax is required to be collected or paid to this state.(5)"Aviation gasoline" means motor fuel designed for use in the operation of aircraft other than jet aircraft and sold or used for that purpose.(6)"Aviation jet fuel" means motor fuel designed for use in the operation of jet or turboprop aircraft and sold or used for that purpose. Text of subdivision as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312, Sec. 1 (7)"Biodiesel fuel" has the meaning assigned to "biodiesel" by Section 16.001, Agriculture Code. Text of subdivision as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 7 (7)"Biodiesel fuel" means any motor fuel or mixture of motor fuels, other than gasoline blended fuel, that is:(A)derived wholly or partly from agricultural products, vegetable oils, recycled greases, or animal fats, or the wastes of those products or fats; and(B)advertised, offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a diesel-powered engine.(8)"Blender" means a person who produces blended motor fuel outside the bulk transfer/terminal system.(9)"Blending" means the mixing together of liquids that produces a product that is offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine or diesel-powered engine.The term does not include mixing that occurs in the process of refining by the original refiner of crude petroleum or the commingling of products during transportation in a pipeline.(10)"Bulk plant" means a motor fuel storage and distribution facility that:(A)is not an IRS-approved terminal;and(B)from which motor fuel may be removed at a rack.(10-a)"Bulk storage" means a container of more than 10 gallons.(11)"Bulk transfer" means a transfer of motor fuel from one location to another by pipeline or marine movement within a bulk transfer/terminal system, including:(A)a marine vessel movement of motor fuel from a refinery or terminal to a terminal;(B)a pipeline movement of motor fuel from a refinery or terminal to a terminal;(C)a book transfer or in-tank transfer of motor fuel within a terminal between licensed suppliers before completion of removal across the rack; and(D)a two-party exchange between licensed suppliers or between licensed suppliers and permissive suppliers.(12)"Bulk transfer/terminal system" means the motor fuel distribution system consisting of refineries, pipelines, marine vessels, and IRS-approved terminals.Motor fuel is in the bulk transfer/terminal system if the motor fuel is in a refinery, a pipeline, a terminal, or a marine vessel transporting motor fuel to a refinery or terminal.Motor fuel is not in the bulk transfer/terminal system if the motor fuel is in a motor fuel storage facility, including:(A)a bulk plant that is not part of a refinery or terminal;(B)the motor fuel supply tank of an engine or a motor vehicle;(C)a marine vessel transporting motor fuel to a motor fuel storage facility that is not in the bulk transfer/terminal system;or(D)a tank car, railcar, trailer, truck, or other equipment suitable for ground transportation.(13)"Bulk user" means a person who maintains storage facilities for motor fuel and uses all or part of the stored motor fuel to operate a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft and for other uses.(14)"Cargo tank" means an assembly that is used to transport, haul, or deliver liquids and that consists of a tank having one or more compartments mounted on a wagon, automobile, truck, trailer, or wheels.The term includes accessory piping, valves, and meters, but does not include a fuel supply tank connected to the carburetor or fuel injector of a motor vehicle.(15)"Carrier" means an operator of a pipeline or marine vessel engaged in the business of transporting motor fuel above the terminal rack.(16)"Compressed natural gas" means natural gas that has been compressed and dispensed into motor fuel storage containers and is advertised, offered for sale, suitable for use, or used as an engine motor fuel.(17)"Dealer" means a person who sells motor fuel at retail or dispenses motor fuel at a retail location.(18)"Destination state" means the state, territory, or foreign country to which motor fuel is directed for delivery into a storage facility, a receptacle, a container, or a type of transportation equipment for resale or use.(19)"Diesel fuel" means kerosene or another liquid, or a combination of liquids blended together, offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for the propulsion of a diesel-powered engine.The term includes products commonly referred to as kerosene, light cycle oil, #1 diesel fuel, #2 diesel fuel, dyed or undyed diesel fuel, aviation jet fuel, renewable diesel, biodiesel, distillate fuel, cutter stock, or heating oil, but does not include gasoline, aviation gasoline, or liquefied gas.(20)"Distributor" means a person who makes sales of motor fuel at wholesale.A distributor's activities may also include sales of motor fuel at retail.(21)"Diversion number" means the number assigned by the comptroller, or by a person to whom the comptroller delegates or appoints the authority to assign the number, that relates to a single cargo tank delivery of motor fuel that is diverted from the original destination state printed on the shipping document.(22)"Dyed diesel fuel" means diesel fuel that:(A)meets the dyeing and marking requirements of 26 U.S.C. Section 4082, regardless of how the diesel fuel was dyed;and(B)is intended for off-highway use only.(23)"Export" means to obtain motor fuel in this state for sale or use in another state, territory, or foreign country.(24)"Exporter" means a person that exports motor fuel from this state.The seller is the exporter of motor fuel delivered out of this state by or for the seller, and the purchaser is the exporter of motor fuel delivered out of this state by or for the purchaser.(25)"Fuel grade ethanol" means the ASTM standard in effect on the effective date of this chapter as the D-4806 specification for denatured motor fuel grade ethanol for blending with motor fuel.(26)"Fuel supply tank" means a receptacle on a motor vehicle, nonhighway equipment, or a stationary engine from which motor fuel is supplied for the operation of its engine.(27)"Gallon" means a unit of liquid measurement as customarily used in the United States and that contains 231 cubic inches by volume.(28)"Gasohol" means a blended motor fuel composed of gasoline and motor fuel alcohol.(29)"Gasoline" means any liquid or combination of liquids blended together, offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine.The term includes gasohol, aviation gasoline, and blending agents, but does not include racing gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation jet fuel, or liquefied gas.(30)"Gasoline blend stocks" includes any petroleum product component of gasoline, such as naphtha, reformate, or toluene, listed in Treasury Regulation Section 48.4081-1(c)(3), that can be blended for use in a motor fuel.The term does not include a substance that will be ultimately used for consumer nonmotor fuel use and is sold or removed in drum quantities of 55 gallons or less at the time of the removal or sale.(31)"Gasoline blended fuel" means a mixture composed of gasoline and other liquids, including gasoline blend stocks, gasohol, ethanol, methanol, fuel grade alcohol, and resulting blends, other than a de minimus amount of a product such as carburetor detergent or oxidation inhibitor, that is offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine.(32)"Gross gallons" means the total measured product, exclusive of any temperature or pressure adjustments, considerations, or deductions, in U.S. gallons.(33)"Import" means to bring motor fuel into this state by motor vehicle, marine vessel, pipeline, or any other means.The term does not include bringing motor fuel into this state in the motor fuel supply tank of a motor vehicle if the motor fuel is used to power that motor vehicle.(34)"Import verification number" means the number assigned by the comptroller, or by a person to whom the comptroller delegates or appoints the authority to assign the number, that relates to a single cargo tank delivery into this state from another state after a request for an assigned number by an importer or by the motor fuel transporter carrying taxable motor fuel into this state for the account of an importer.(35)"Importer" means a person that imports motor fuel into this state.The seller is the importer for motor fuel delivered into this state from outside of this state by or for the seller, and the purchaser is the importer for motor fuel delivered into this state from outside of this state by or for the purchaser.(36)"Interstate trucker" means a person who for commercial purposes operates in this state, other states, or other countries a motor vehicle that:(A)has two axles and a registered gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds;(B)has three or more axles;or(C)is used in combination and the registered gross weight of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.(37)"Lessor" means a person:(A)whose principal business is the leasing or renting of motor vehicles for compensation to the general public;(B)who maintains established places of business;and(C)whose lease or rental contracts require the motor vehicles to be returned to the established places of business at the termination of the lease.(38)"License holder" means a person licensed by the comptroller under Section 162.105, 162.205, 162.304, 162.305, or 162.306.(39)"Liquefied gas" means all combustible gases that exist in the gaseous state at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and at a pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute, but does not include gasoline or diesel fuel.(40)"Liquefied gas tax decal user" means a person who owns or operates on the public highways of this state a motor vehicle capable of using liquefied gas for propulsion.(41)"Motor carrier" means a person who operates a commercial vehicle used, designated, or maintained to transport persons or property.(42)"Motor fuel" means gasoline, diesel fuel, liquefied gas, gasoline blended fuel, and other products that are offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine or a diesel-powered engine.(43)"Motor fuel transporter" means a person who transports gasoline, diesel fuel, gasoline blended fuel, aviation fuel, or any other motor fuel, except liquefied gas, outside the bulk transfer/terminal system by means of a transport vehicle, a railroad tank car, or a marine vessel.The term does not include a person who:(A)is licensed under this chapter as a supplier, permissive supplier, or distributor; and(B)exclusively transports gasoline, diesel fuel, gasoline blended fuel, aviation fuel, or any other motor fuel to which the person retains ownership while the fuel is being transported by the person.(44)"Motor vehicle" means a self-propelled vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer that is designed or used to transport persons or property over a public highway.(45)"Net gallons" means the amount of motor fuel measured in gallons when adjusted to a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit and a pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch.(46)"Permissive supplier" means a person who elects, but is not required, to have a supplier's license and who:(A)is registered under Section 4101, Internal Revenue Code, for transactions in motor fuel in the bulk transfer/terminal system;and(B)is a position holder in motor fuel located only in another state or a person who receives motor fuel only in another state under a two-party exchange.(47)"Position holder" means the person who holds the inventory position in motor fuel in a terminal, as reflected on the records of the terminal operator.A person holds the inventory position in motor fuel when that person has a contract with the terminal operator for the use of storage facilities and terminaling services for motor fuel at the terminal.The term includes a terminal operator who owns motor fuel in the terminal.(48)"Public highway" means every way or place of whatever nature open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel in this state, including the streets and alleys in towns and cities.(49)"Racing gasoline" means gasoline that contains lead, has an octane rating of 110 or higher, does not have detergent additives, and is not suitable for use as a motor fuel in a motor vehicle used on a public highway.(50)"Rack" means a mechanism for delivering motor fuel from a refinery, terminal, marine vessel, or bulk plant into a transport vehicle, railroad tank car, or other means of transfer that is outside the bulk transfer/terminal system.(51)"Refinery" means a facility for the manufacture or reprocessing of finished or unfinished petroleum products usable as motor fuel and from which motor fuel may be removed by pipeline or marine vessel or at a rack.(52)"Registered gross weight" means the total weight of the vehicle and carrying capacity shown on the registration certificate issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.(53)"Removal" means a physical transfer other than by evaporation, loss, or destruction.A physical transfer to a transport vehicle or other means of conveyance outside the bulk transfer/terminal system is complete on delivery into the means of conveyance.(53-a)"Renewable diesel" has the meaning assigned by Section 16.001, Agriculture Code.(54)"Sale" means a transfer of title, exchange, or barter of motor fuel, but does not include transfer of possession of motor fuel on consignment.(55)"Shipping document" means a delivery document issued in conjunction with the sale, transfer, or transport of motor fuel.A shipping document issued by a terminal operator shall be machine printed.All other shipping documents shall be typed or handwritten on a preprinted form or machine printed.(56)"Solid waste refuse vehicle" means a motor vehicle equipped with a power takeoff or auxiliary power unit that provides power to compact the refuse, open the back of the container before ejection, and eject the compacted refuse.(57)"Supplier" means a person that:(A)is subject to the general taxing jurisdiction of this state;(B)is registered under Section 4101, Internal Revenue Code, for transactions in motor fuel in the bulk transfer/terminal distribution system, and is:(i)a position holder in motor fuel in a terminal or refinery in this state and may concurrently also be a position holder in motor fuel in another state;or(ii)a person who receives motor fuel in this state under a two-party exchange;and(C)may also be a terminal operator, provided that a terminal operator is not considered to also be a "supplier" based solely on the fact that the terminal operator handles motor fuel consigned to it within a terminal.(58)"Terminal" means a motor fuel storage and distribution facility to which a terminal control number has been assigned by the Internal Revenue Service, to which motor fuel is supplied by pipeline or marine vessel, and from which motor fuel may be removed at a rack.(59)"Terminal operator" means a person who owns, operates, or otherwise controls a terminal.(60)"Transit company" means a business that:(A)transports in a political subdivision persons in carriers designed for 12 or more passengers;(B)holds a franchise from a political subdivision;and(C)has its rates regulated by the political subdivision or is owned or operated by the political subdivision.(61)"Transport vehicle" means a vehicle designed or used to carry motor fuel over a public highway and includes a straight truck, straight truck/trailer combination, and semitrailer combination rig.(62)"Two-party exchange" means a transaction in which motor fuel is transferred from one licensed supplier or permissive supplier to another licensed supplier or permissive supplier under an exchange agreement, including a transfer from the person who holds the inventory position in taxable motor fuel in the terminal as reflected on the records of the terminal operator, and that is:(A)completed before removal of the product from the terminal by the receiving exchange partner;and(B)recorded on the terminal operator's books and records with the receiving exchange partner as the supplier that removes the motor fuel across the terminal rack for purposes of reporting the transaction to this state.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 933, Sec. 3K.11, eff. September 1, 2009.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2009.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.Sec. 162.002.TAX LIABILITY ON LEASED VEHICLES.(a)A user or interstate trucker is liable for the tax on motor fuel imported into this state in fuel supply tanks of leased motor vehicles and used on the public highways of this state to the same extent and in the same manner as motor fuel imported in the user's or interstate trucker's own motor vehicles and used on the public highways of this state, unless the person who owns the leased motor vehicles is liable under Subsection (b).If the owner of the leased motor vehicles is liable, the user or interstate trucker may exclude the leased motor vehicles from the person's return.(b)A person who, in the regular course of business and for consideration, leases motor vehicles and equipment to motor carriers or others for interstate operation may be considered to be the user or interstate trucker under this chapter if the person supplies or pays for the motor fuel consumed in those leased motor vehicles or equipment, and the person may be issued a license as an interstate trucker by the comptroller.An application for an interstate trucker license may be accompanied by one copy of the form-lease or service contract entered into with various lessees.On receipt of the interstate trucker license, the person may assign to each motor vehicle leased for interstate operation a photocopy of the license to be carried in the cab compartment of the motor vehicle.The photocopy of the license must have typed or printed on the back the unit or motor number of the motor vehicle to which it is assigned and the name of the lessee.The lessor is responsible for the proper use of the photocopy of the license issued to the lessor and for its return with the motor vehicle to which it is assigned.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.003.COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER STATES.(a)The comptroller may enter into a cooperative agreement with another state for the collection of motor fuel taxes, the exchange of information, the auditing of users of motor fuel used in fleets of motor vehicles operated or intended for interstate operation, and the auditing of importers and exporters.An agreement or amendment of an agreement takes effect according to its terms, except that an agreement or amendment may not take effect until the proposed agreement or amendment is published in the Texas Register.(b)An agreement may provide for:(1)determining the base state for motor fuel users;(2)user, importer, and exporter records requirements;(3)audit procedures;(4)exchange of information;(5)persons eligible for tax licensing;(6)licensing and license revocation procedures, permits, penalties, and fees;(7)defining qualified motor vehicles;(8)determining bonding procedures, types, and amounts;(9)specifying reporting requirements and periods;(10)defining refund procedures and limitations, including the payment of interest;(11)defining uniform penalties, fees, and interest rates;(12)determining methods for collecting motor fuel taxes and for collecting and forwarding motor fuel taxes, other than penalties, due to another jurisdiction;(13)the temporary remittal of funds equal to the amount of the taxes and interest due to another jurisdiction but not otherwise collected, subject to appropriation of funds for that purpose;and(14)other provisions to facilitate the administration of the agreement.(c)The comptroller may, as required by the terms of an agreement, forward to an officer of another state any information in the comptroller's possession relating to the manufacture, receipts, sale, use, transportation, or shipment of motor fuel by any person.The comptroller may disclose to an officer of another state the location of officers, motor vehicles, and other real and personal property of users, importers, and exporters of motor fuel.(d)An agreement may provide for each state to audit the records of a person based in this state to determine if the motor fuel taxes due each state that is a party to the agreement are properly reported and paid.An agreement may provide for each state to forward the findings of an audit performed on a person based in this state to each other state in which the person has taxable use of motor fuel, from which the person imports motor fuel into this state, or to which the person exports motor fuel from this state.For a person who is not based in this state and who has taxable use of motor fuel in this state or an import into or export out of this state, the comptroller may use an audit performed by another state that is a party to an agreement with this state to make an assessment of motor fuel taxes against the person.(e)An agreement entered into under this section does not affect the authority of the comptroller to audit any person under any other law.(f)An agreement entered into under this section prevails over an inconsistent rule of the comptroller.Except as otherwise provided by this section, a statute of this state prevails over an inconsistent provision of an agreement entered into under this section.(g)The comptroller may segregate in a separate fund or account the amount of motor fuel taxes, other than penalties, estimated to be due to other jurisdictions, motor fuel taxes subject to refund during the fiscal year, licensing fees, and other costs collected under the agreement.On a determination of an amount held that is due to be remitted to another jurisdiction, the comptroller may issue a warrant or make an electronic transfer of the amount as necessary to carry out the purposes of the agreement.An auditing cost, membership fee, and other cost associated with the agreement may be paid from interest earned on funds segregated under this subsection.Any interest earnings in excess of the costs associated with the agreement shall be credited to general revenue.(h)The legislature finds that it is in the public interest to enter into motor fuel tax agreements with other jurisdictions that may provide for the temporary remittal of amounts due other jurisdictions that exceed the amounts collected and for cooperation with other jurisdictions for the collection of taxes imposed by this state and other jurisdictions on motor fuel that is imported into or exported out of this state.The comptroller shall ensure that reasonable measures are developed to recover motor fuel taxes and other amounts due this state during each biennium.(i)The comptroller shall attempt to enter into a cooperative agreement with each state that borders this state to provide for the collection of taxes imposed by this state and the bordering state on motor fuel that is imported into this state from or exported from this state to the bordering state.The comptroller is encouraged to attempt to enter into similar cooperative agreements with states that do not border this state.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.004.MOTOR FUEL TRANSPORTATION:REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.(a)A person may not transport in this state any motor fuel by barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or transport vehicle unless the person has a shipping document for the motor fuel that complies with this section.(a-1)A terminal operator or operator of a bulk plant shall give a shipping document to the person who operates the barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or transport vehicle into which motor fuel is loaded at the terminal rack or bulk plant rack.(b)A shipping document shall contain the following information and any other information required by the comptroller:(1)the terminal control number of the terminal or physical address of the terminal or bulk plant from which the motor fuel was received;(2)the name of the purchaser;(3)the date the motor fuel was loaded;(4)the net gallons loaded, or the gross gallons loaded if the fuel was purchased from a bulk plant;(5)the destination state of the motor fuel, as represented by the purchaser of the motor fuel or the purchaser's agent; and(6)a description of the product being transported.(c)In the event of an extraordinary circumstance, including an act of God, that temporarily interferes with the ability to issue an automated machine-generated shipping document, a manually prepared shipping document that contains all of the information required by Subsection (b) shall be substituted for the machine-generated shipping document.(d)A terminal operator or bulk plant operator may rely on the representation made by the purchaser of motor fuel or the purchaser's agent concerning the destination state of the motor fuel.A purchaser is liable for any tax due as a result of the purchaser's diversion of motor fuel from the represented destination state.(e)A person to whom a shipping document was issued shall:(1)carry the shipping document in the barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or other transport vehicle for which the document was issued when transporting the motor fuel described in the document;(2)show the shipping document on request to any law enforcement officer, representative of the comptroller, or other authorized individual, when transporting the motor fuel described;(3)deliver the motor fuel to the destination state printed on the shipping document unless the person:(A)notifies the comptroller and the destination state, if a diversion program is in place, before transporting the motor fuel into a state other than the printed destination state, that the person has received instructions after the shipping document was issued to deliver the motor fuel to a different destination state;(B)receives from the comptroller and destination state, if a diversion program is in place, a diversion number authorizing the diversion;and(C)writes on the shipping document the change in destination state and the diversion number;and(4)give a copy of the shipping document to the person to whom the motor fuel is delivered.(f)The purchaser is responsible for paying the applicable destination state taxes along with filing a refund with the origin state.The supplier may not refund any taxes due to the diversion of a product.(g)The person to whom motor fuel is delivered by barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or transport vehicle may not accept delivery of the motor fuel if the destination state shown on the shipping document for the motor fuel is a state other than this state, except that the person may accept that delivery if the document contains a diversion number authorized by the comptroller and destination state, if applicable.The person to whom the motor fuel is delivered shall examine the shipping document to determine that the destination state is this state, and shall retain a copy of the shipping document at the delivery location or another place until the fourth anniversary of the date of delivery.(h)This section does not apply to motor fuel that is delivered into the fuel supply tank of a motor vehicle.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2009.Sec. 162.005.CANCELLATION OR REFUSAL OF LICENSE.(a)The comptroller may cancel or refuse to issue or reissue a motor fuel license to any person who has violated or has failed to comply with a provision of this chapter or a rule of the comptroller.(b)Before a license may be canceled, or the issuance or reissuance refused, the comptroller shall give the license holder or license applicant not less than 10 days' notice of a hearing at the office of the comptroller in Austin or at a specified comptroller's field office, granting the license holder or applicant an opportunity to show cause before the comptroller why the proposed action should not be taken.If a license is in effect, the license remains in force pending the determination of the show-cause hearing.Notice must be in writing and may be mailed by United States registered mail or certified mail to the license holder or applicant at the person's last known address, or may be delivered by the comptroller to the license holder or applicant, and no other notice is necessary.In case of service by mail of a notice required by this chapter, the service is complete at the time of deposit in the United States Post Office.(c)The comptroller may prescribe rules of procedure and evidence for the hearings in accordance with Chapter 2001, Government Code.(d)If, after the hearing or the opportunity to be heard, the license is canceled or the issuance or reissuance refused by the comptroller, all taxes that have been collected or that have accrued, although the taxes are not then due and payable to the state, except by the provisions of this chapter, shall become due and payable concurrently with the notice of cancellation of the license.The license holder shall within five days make a report covering the period not covered by preceding reports filed by the license holder and ending with the date of cancellation, and shall remit and pay to the comptroller all taxes that have been collected and that have accrued from the sale, use, or distribution of motor fuel in this state.(e)The comptroller may revoke a license if the license holder purchases for export motor fuel on which the tax was not paid under this chapter and subsequently diverts or causes the motor fuel to be diverted to a destination in this state or to any destination other than the originally designated state or country without first obtaining a diversion number.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.006.SUMMARY SUSPENSION OF LICENSE.(a)The comptroller may suspend a person's license without notice or a hearing for the person's failure to comply with this chapter or a rule adopted under this chapter if the person's continued operation constitutes an immediate and substantial threat to the collection of taxes imposed by this chapter and attributable to the person's operation.(b)If the comptroller summarily suspends a person's license, proceedings for a preliminary hearing before the comptroller or the comptroller's representative must be initiated simultaneously with the summary suspension.The preliminary hearing shall be set for a date that is not later than the 10th day after the date of the summary suspension, unless the parties agree to a later date.(c)At the preliminary hearing, the license holder must show cause why the license should not remain suspended pending a final hearing on suspension or revocation.(d)Chapter 2001, Government Code, does not apply to a summary suspension under this section.(e)To initiate a proceeding to suspend summarily a person's license, the comptroller shall serve notice on the license holder informing the license holder of the right to a preliminary hearing before the comptroller or the comptroller's representative and of the time and place of the preliminary hearing.The notice must be personally served on the license holder or an officer, employee, or agent of the license holder, or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, to the license holder's mailing address as it appears on the comptroller's records.The notice must state the alleged violations that constitute the grounds for summary suspension.The suspension is effective at the time the notice is served.If the notice is served in person, the license holder shall immediately surrender the license to the comptroller or to the comptroller's representative.If notice is served by mail, the license holder shall immediately return the license to the comptroller.(f)Section 162.005, governing hearings for license cancellation or refusal to issue a license under this chapter, governs a final administrative hearing under this section.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.007.ENFORCEMENT OF LICENSE CANCELLATION, SUSPENSION, OR REFUSAL.(a)The comptroller may examine any books and records incident to the conduct of the business of a person whose license has been canceled or suspended on the person's failure to file the reports required by this chapter or to remit all taxes due.If necessary, the comptroller shall issue an audit deficiency determination for any tax amount due.If the amount is not paid on or before the 15th day after the deficiency determination becomes final, the bond or other security required under this chapter shall be forfeited.The demand for payment shall be addressed to both the surety or sureties and the person who owes the delinquency.(b)If the forfeiture of the bond or other security does not satisfy the delinquency, the comptroller shall certify the taxes, penalty, and interest delinquent to the attorney general, who may file suit against the person or the person's surety, or both, to collect the amount due.After being given notice of an order of cancellation or summary suspension, it shall be unlawful for any person to continue to operate the person's business under a canceled or suspended license.The attorney general may file suit to enjoin the person from operating under the canceled or suspended license until the comptroller reissues a license.(c)An appeal from an order of the comptroller canceling or suspending or refusing the issuance or reissuance of a license may be taken to a district court of Travis County by the aggrieved license holder or applicant.The trial shall be de novo under the same rules as ordinary civil suits, except that:(1)an appeal must be perfected and filed within 30 days after the effective date of the order, decision, or ruling of the comptroller;(2)the trial of the case shall begin within 10 days after its filing;and(3)the order, decision, or ruling of the comptroller may be suspended or modified by the court pending a trial on the merits.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.008.INSPECTION OF PREMISES AND RECORDS.For the purpose of determining the amount of tax collected and payable to this state, the amount of tax accruing and due, and whether a tax liability has been incurred under this chapter, the comptroller may:(1)inspect any premises where motor fuel, crude petroleum, natural gas, derivatives or condensates of crude petroleum, natural gas, or their products, methyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or other blending agents are produced, made, prepared, stored, transported, sold, or offered for sale or exchange;(2)examine the books and records required to be kept and records incident to the business of any license holder or person required to be licensed, or any person receiving, possessing, delivering, or selling motor fuel, crude oil, derivatives or condensates of crude petroleum, natural gas, or their products, or any blending agents;(3)examine and either gauge or measure the contents of all storage tanks, containers, and other property or equipment;and(4)take samples of any and all of these products stored on the premises.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.009.AUTHORITY TO STOP AND EXAMINE.To enforce this chapter, the comptroller or a peace officer may stop a motor vehicle that appears to be operating with or transporting motor fuel to examine the shipping document, cargo manifest, or invoices required to be carried, examine a license or copy of a license that may be required to be carried, take samples from the fuel supply or cargo tanks, and make any other investigation that could reasonably be made to determine whether the taxes have been paid or accounted for by a license holder or a person required to be licensed.The comptroller, a peace officer, an employee of the attorney general's office, an employee of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or an employee of the Department of Agriculture may take samples of motor fuel from a storage tank or container to:(1)determine if the fuel contains hazardous waste or is adulterated;or(2)allow the comptroller to determine whether taxes on the fuel have been paid or accounted for to this state.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.010.IMPOUNDMENT AND SEIZURE.(a)If after examination or other investigation, the comptroller believes that the owner or operator of a motor vehicle or cargo tank, or a person receiving, possessing, delivering, or selling gasoline or diesel fuel, has not paid all motor fuel taxes due, or does not have a valid license entitling that person to possess or transport tax-free motor fuel, the comptroller or peace officer may impound the fuel, the motor vehicle, cargo tank, storage tank, equipment, paraphernalia, or other tangible personal property used for or incident to the storage, sale, or transportation of that motor fuel.Unless proof is produced within three working days after the beginning of impoundment that the owner, operator, or other person has paid the taxes established by the comptroller to be due on the gasoline or diesel fuel stored, sold, used, or transported and any other taxes due to this state, or that the owner, operator, or other person holds a valid license to possess or transport tax-free motor fuel, the comptroller may demand payment of all taxes, penalties, and interest due to this state, and all costs of impoundment.(b)If the owner or operator does not produce the required documentation or required license or pay the taxes, penalties, interest, and costs due within three working days after the beginning of the impoundment, the comptroller may seize the impounded property to satisfy the tax liability.(c)The comptroller may seize:(1)all motor fuel on which taxes are imposed by this chapter that is found in the possession, custody, or control of any person for the purpose of being sold, transported, removed, or used by the person in violation of this chapter;(2)all motor fuel that is removed or is deposited, stored, or concealed in any place with intent to avoid payment of taxes;(3)any automobile, truck, tank truck, boat, trailer conveyance, or other vehicle used in the removal or transportation of the motor fuel to avoid payment of taxes;and(4)all equipment, paraphernalia, storage tanks, or tangible personal property incident to and used for avoiding the payment of taxes and found in the place, building, or vehicle where the motor fuel is found.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.011.SALE OF SEIZED PROPERTY.(a)The comptroller may sell property seized under Section 162.010.(b)Notice of the time and place of a sale shall be given to the delinquent person in writing by certified mail at least 20 days before the date set for the sale.The notice shall be enclosed in an envelope addressed to the person at the person's last known address or place of business.It shall be deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid.The notice shall also be published once a week for two consecutive weeks before the date of the sale in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the property seized is to be sold.If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the county, notice shall be posted in three public places in the county 14 days before the date set for the sale.The notice must contain a description of the property to be sold, a statement of the amount due, including interest, penalties, and costs, the name of the delinquent, and the further statement that unless the amount due, interest, penalties, and costs are paid on or before the time fixed in the notice for the sale, the property, or as much of it as may be necessary, will be sold at public auction in accordance with the law and the notice.(c)At the sale, the comptroller shall sell the property and shall deliver to the purchaser a bill of sale for personal property and a deed for real property sold.The bill of sale or deed vests the interest or title of the person liable for the amount in the purchaser.The unsold portion of any property seized may be left at the place of sale at the risk of the person liable for the amount.(d)The proceeds of a sale shall be allocated according to the following priorities:(1)the payment of expenses of seizure, appraisal, custody, advertising, auction, and any other expenses incident to the seizure and sale;(2)the payment of the tax, penalty, and interest;and(3)the repayment of the remaining balance to the person liable for the amount unless a claim is presented before the sale by any other person who has an ownership interest evidenced by a financing statement or lien, in which case the comptroller shall withhold the remaining balance pending a determination of the rights of the respective parties.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.012.PRESUMPTIONS.(a)A person licensed under this chapter or required to be licensed under this chapter, or other user, who fails to keep a record, issue an invoice, or file a return or report required by this chapter is presumed to have sold or used for taxable purposes all motor fuel shown by an audit by the comptroller to have been sold to the license holder or other user.Motor fuel unaccounted for is presumed to have been sold or used for taxable purposes.If an exporter claims an exemption under Section 162.104(a)(4)(B) or 162.204(a)(4)(B) and fails to produce proof of payment of tax to the destination state or proof that the transaction was exempt in the destination state, the exporter is presumed to have not paid the destination state's tax or this state's tax on the exported motor fuel and the comptroller shall assess the tax imposed by this chapter on the exported motor fuel against the exporter.The comptroller may fix or establish the amount of taxes, penalties, and interest due this state from the records of deliveries or from any records or information available.If a tax claim, as developed from this procedure, is not paid, after the opportunity to request a redetermination, the claim and any audit made by the comptroller or any report filed by the license holder or other user is evidence in any suit or judicial proceedings filed by the attorney general and is prima facie evidence of the correctness of the claim or audit.A prima facie presumption of the correctness of the claim may be overcome at the trial by evidence adduced by the license holder or other user.(b)In the absence of records showing the number of miles actually operated per gallon of motor fuel consumed, it is presumed that not less than one gallon of motor fuel was consumed for every four miles traveled.An interstate trucker may produce evidence of motor fuel consumption to establish another mileage factor.If an examination or audit made by the comptroller from the records of an interstate trucker shows that a greater amount of motor fuel was consumed than was reported by the interstate trucker for tax purposes, the interstate trucker is liable for the tax, penalties, and interest on the additional amount shown or the trucker is entitled to a credit or refund on overpayments of tax established by the audit.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.013.VENUE OF TAX COLLECTION SUITS.The venue of a suit, injunction, or other proceeding at law available for the establishment or collection of a claim for delinquent taxes, penalties, or interest accruing under this chapter and the enforcement of the terms and provisions of this chapter is in Travis County or in any other county having venue under existing venue statutes.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.014.OTHER MOTOR FUEL TAXES PROHIBITED.The taxes imposed by this chapter are in lieu of any other excise or occupation tax imposed by a political subdivision of this state on the sale, use, or distribution of gasoline, diesel fuel, or liquefied gas.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.015.ADDITIONAL TAX APPLIES TO INVENTORIES.(a)On the effective date of an increase in the rates of the taxes imposed by this chapter, a distributor or dealer that possesses for the purpose of sale 2,000 or more gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel at each business location on which the taxes imposed by this chapter at a previous rate have been paid shall report to the comptroller the volume of that gasoline and diesel fuel, and at the time of the report shall pay a tax on that gasoline and diesel fuel at a rate equal to the rate of the tax increase.(b)On the effective date of a reduction of the rates of taxes imposed by this chapter, a distributor or dealer that possesses for the purpose of sale 2,000 or more gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel at each business location on which the taxes imposed by this chapter at the previous rate have been paid becomes entitled to a refund in an amount equal to the difference in the amount of taxes paid on that gasoline or diesel fuel at the previous rate and at the rate in effect on the effective date of the reduction in the tax rates.The rules of the comptroller shall provide for the method of claiming a refund under this chapter and may require that the refund for the dealer be paid through the distributor or supplier from whom the dealer received the fuel.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.016.IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF MOTOR FUEL.(a)A person may not import motor fuel to a destination in this state or export motor fuel to a destination outside this state by any means unless the person possesses a shipping document for that fuel.The shipping document must include:(1)the name and physical address of the terminal or bulk plant from which the motor fuel was received for import or export;(2)the name of the carrier transporting the motor fuel;(3)the date the motor fuel was loaded;(4)the type of motor fuel;(5)the number of gallons:(A)in temperature-adjusted gallons if purchased from a terminal for export or import; or(B)in temperature-adjusted gallons or in gross gallons if purchased from a bulk plant;(6)the destination of the motor fuel as represented by the purchaser of the motor fuel and the number of gallons of the fuel to be delivered, if delivery is to only one state;(7)the name and physical address of the purchaser of the motor fuel;(8)the name of the person responsible for paying the tax imposed by this chapter, as given to the terminal by the purchaser if different from the licensed supplier or distributor;(9)the destination state of each portion of a split load of motor fuel if the motor fuel is to be delivered to more than one state; and(10)any other information that, in the opinion of the comptroller, is necessary for the proper administration of this chapter.(b)The shipping documents shall be provided to the importer or exporter.(c)If motor fuel is to be delivered to more than one state, the terminal shall document the split loads by issuing shipping documents that list the destination state of each portion of the motor fuel.(d)A seller, transporter, or receiver of motor fuel shall:(1)retain a copy of the shipping document until at least the fourth anniversary of the date the fuel is received; and(2)provide a copy of the document to the comptroller or any law enforcement officer not later than the 10th working day after the date a request for the copy is received.(e)An importer or exporter shall keep in the person's possession the shipping document when transporting motor fuel imported into this state or for export from this state.The importer or exporter shall show the document to the comptroller or a peace officer on request.The comptroller may delegate authority to inspect the document to other governmental agencies.The importer or exporter shall provide a copy of the shipping document to the person that receives the fuel when it is delivered.(f)The importer or exporter may deliver motor fuel only to the destination state or states indicated on the shipping document.(g)An importer or exporter who wants to divert the delivery of a single cargo tank of motor fuel from the destination state printed on the shipping document must obtain a diversion number from the comptroller before diverting the delivery.The importer, exporter, or motor fuel transporter must write the diversion number on the shipping document issued for the fuel.A diversion number is required for each diverted delivery.The comptroller may appoint a person to assign diversion numbers or may delegate that authority to another person.(h)An importer that acquires motor fuel for import by cargo tank must obtain an import verification number from the comptroller before importing the motor fuel.The importer must write the import verification number on the shipping document issued for the fuel.The importer must obtain a separate import confirmation number for each cargo tank delivery of motor fuel into this state.The comptroller may appoint a person to assign import verification numbers or may delegate that authority to another person.(i)Each terminal or bulk plant shall post a notice in a conspicuous location proximate to the point of receipt of shipping papers that describes the duties of importers and exporters under this section.The comptroller may prescribe the language, type, style, and format of the notice.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2009.SUBCHAPTER B. GASOLINE TAXSec. 162.101.POINT OF IMPOSITION OF GASOLINE TAX.(a)A tax is imposed on the removal of gasoline from the terminal using the terminal rack, other than by bulk transfer.The supplier or permissive supplier is liable for and shall collect the tax imposed by this subchapter from the person who orders the withdrawal at the terminal rack.(b)A tax is imposed at the time gasoline is imported into this state, other than by a bulk transfer, for delivery to a destination in this state.The supplier or permissive supplier is liable for and shall collect the tax imposed by this subchapter from the person who imports the gasoline into this state.If the seller is not a supplier or permissive supplier, then the person who imports the gasoline into this state is liable for and shall pay the tax.(c)A tax is imposed on the removal of gasoline from the bulk transfer/terminal system in this state.The supplier is liable for and shall collect the tax imposed by this subchapter from the person who orders the removal from the bulk transfer terminal system.(d)A tax is imposed on gasoline brought into this state in a motor fuel supply tank or tanks of a motor vehicle operated by a person required to be licensed as an interstate trucker.The interstate trucker is liable for and shall pay the tax.(e)A tax is imposed on the blending of gasoline at the point gasoline blended fuel is made in this state outside the bulk transfer/terminal system.The blender is liable for and shall pay the tax.The number of gallons of gasoline blended fuel on which the tax is imposed is equal to the difference between the number of gallons of blended fuel made and the number of gallons of previously taxed gasoline used to make the blended fuel.(f)A terminal operator in this state is considered a supplier for the purpose of the tax imposed under this subchapter unless at the time of removal:(1)the terminal operator has a terminal operator's license issued for the facility from which the gasoline is withdrawn;(2)the terminal operator verifies that the person who removes the gasoline has a supplier's license;and(3)the terminal operator does not have a reason to believe that the supplier's license is not valid.(g)In each subsequent sale of gasoline on which the tax has been paid, the amount of the tax shall be added to the selling price so that the tax is paid ultimately by the person using or consuming the gasoline.Gasoline is considered to be used when it is delivered into a fuel supply tank.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2009.Sec. 162.102.TAX RATE.The gasoline tax rate is 20 cents for each net gallon or fractional part on which the tax is imposed under Section 162.101.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.1025.SEPARATE STATEMENT OF TAX COLLECTED FROM PURCHASER.(a)In each subsequent sale of gasoline on which the tax has been paid, the tax imposed by this subchapter shall be collected from the purchaser so that the tax is paid ultimately by the person who uses the gasoline.Gasoline is considered to be used when it is delivered into a fuel supply tank.(b)The tax imposed by this subchapter must be stated separately from the sales price of gasoline and identified as gasoline tax on the invoice or receipt issued to a purchaser.Backup gasoline tax may be identified as gasoline tax.The tax must be separately stated and identified in the same manner on a shipping document, if the shipping document includes the sales price of the gasoline.(c)Except as provided by Subsection (d), the sales price of gasoline stated on an invoice, receipt, or shipping document is presumed to be exclusive of the tax imposed by this subchapter.The seller or purchaser may overcome the presumption by using the seller's records to show that the tax imposed by this subchapter was included in the sales price.(d)Subsection (b) does not apply to a sale of gasoline by a licensed dealer to a person who delivers the gasoline at the dealer's place of business into a fuel supply tank or into a container having a capacity of not more than 10 gallons.Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2009.Sec. 162.103.BACKUP TAX;LIABILITY.(a)A backup tax is imposed at the rate prescribed by Section 162.102 on:(1)a person who obtains a refund of tax on gasoline by claiming the gasoline was used for an off-highway purpose, but actually uses the gasoline to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway;(2)a person who operates a motor vehicle on a public highway using gasoline on which tax has not been paid;(3)a person who sells to the ultimate consumer gasoline on which tax has not been paid and who knew or had reason to know that the gasoline would be used for a taxable purpose; and(4)a person, other than a person exempted under Section 162.104, who acquires gasoline on which tax has not been paid from any source in this state.(b)If the motor vehicle described by Subsection (a)(2) is owned or leased by a person other than the operator, the tax shall be paid by either the operator or the motor vehicle's owner or lessee.(c)The tax imposed under Subsection (a)(3) is also imposed on the ultimate consumer.(d)A person who sells gasoline in this state, other than by a bulk transfer, on which tax has not been paid for any purpose other than a purpose exempt under Section 162.104 shall at the time of sale collect the tax from the purchaser or recipient of gasoline in addition to the selling price and is liable to this state for the taxes imposed in the manner provided by this chapter.(e)The tax liability imposed by this section is in addition to any penalty imposed under this chapter.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2009.Sec. 162.104.EXEMPTIONS.(a)The tax imposed by this subchapter does not apply to gasoline:(1)sold to the United States for its exclusive use, provided that the exemption does not apply with respect to fuel sold or delivered to a person operating under a contract with the United States;(2)sold to a public school district in this state for the district's exclusive use;(3)sold to a commercial transportation company or a metropolitan rapid transit authority operating under Chapter 451, Transportation Code, that provides public school transportation services to a school district under Section 34.008, Education Code, and that uses the gasoline only to provide those services;(4)exported by either a licensed supplier or a licensed exporter from this state to any other state, provided that:(A)for gasoline in a situation described by Subsection (d), the bill of lading indicates the destination state and the supplier collects the destination state tax; or(B)for gasoline in a situation described by Subsection (e), the bill of lading indicates the destination state, the gasoline is subsequently exported, and the exporter is licensed in the destination state to pay that state's tax and has an exporter's license issued under this subchapter;(5)moved by truck or railcar between licensed suppliers or licensed permissive suppliers and in which the gasoline removed from the first terminal comes to rest in the second terminal, provided that the removal from the second terminal rack is subject to the tax imposed by this subchapter;(6)delivered or sold into a storage facility of a licensed aviation fuel dealer from which gasoline will be delivered solely into the fuel supply tanks of aircraft or aircraft servicing equipment, or sold from one licensed aviation fuel dealer to another licensed aviation fuel dealer who will deliver the aviation fuel exclusively into the fuel supply tanks of aircraft or aircraft servicing equipment;(7)exported to a foreign country if the bill of lading indicates the foreign destination and the fuel is actually exported to the foreign country; or(8)sold to a volunteer fire department in this state for the department's exclusive use.(b)The exemption provided by Subsection (a)(4) does not apply to gasoline that is transported and delivered outside this state in the motor fuel supply tank of a motor vehicle other than an interstate trucker.(c)If an exporter described by Subsection (a)(4)(B) does not have an exporter's license issued under this subchapter, the supplier must collect the tax imposed under this subchapter.(d)Subsection (a)(4)(A) applies only if the destination state recognizes, by agreement with this state or by statute or rule, a supplier in this state as a valid taxpayer for the motor fuel being exported to that state from this state.The comptroller shall publish a list that specifies for each state, other than this state, whether that state does or does not qualify under this subsection.(e)Subsection (a)(4)(B) applies only until the date the destination state recognizes, by agreement with this state or by statute, the out-of-state supplier as a valid taxpayer for the motor fuel being exported to that state from this state, or until January 1, 2006, whichever date is earlier.(f)The exemption provided by Subsection (a)(4)(A) does not apply to a sale by a distributor.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 931, Sec. 11, eff. July 1, 2007.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 161, Sec. 1, eff. July 1, 2009.Sec. 162.105.PERSONS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED.A person shall obtain the appropriate license or licenses issued by the comptroller before conducting the activities of:(1)a supplier, who may also act as a distributor, importer, exporter, blender, motor fuel transporter, or aviation fuel dealer without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(2)a permissive supplier, who may also act as a distributor, importer, exporter, blender, motor fuel transporter, or aviation fuel dealer without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(3)a distributor, who may also act as an importer, exporter, blender, or motor fuel transporter without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(4)an importer, who may also act as an exporter, blender, or motor fuel transporter without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(5)a terminal operator;(6)an exporter;(7)a blender;(8)a motor fuel transporter;(9)an aviation fuel dealer;or(10)an interstate trucker.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.106.TRIP PERMITS.(a)Instead of an annual interstate trucker's license, a person bringing a motor vehicle described by Section 162.001(36) into this state for commercial purposes may obtain a trip permit.The trip permit must be obtained before or at the time of entry into this state.(b)Not more than five trip permits for each person may be issued during a calendar year.(c)A fee for each trip permit shall be collected from the applicant and shall be in the amount of $50 for each vehicle for each trip.(d)A report is not required with respect to the vehicle.(e)Operating a motor vehicle without a valid interstate trucker's license or trip permit may subject the operator to a penalty under Section 162.402.Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Sec. 162.107.PERMISSIVE SUPPLIER REQUIREMENTS ON OUT-OF-STATE REMOVALS.(a)A person may elect to obtain a permissive supplier license to collect the tax imposed under this subchapter for gasoline that is removed at a terminal in another state and has this state as the destination state.(b)With respect to gasoline that is removed by the licensed permissive supplier at a terminal located in another state and that has this state as the destination state, a licensed permissive supplier shall:(1)collect the tax due to this state on the gasoline;(2)waive any defense that this state lacks jurisdiction to require the supplier to collect the tax due to this state on the gasoline under this subchapter;(3)report and pay the tax due on the gasoline in the same manner as if the removal had occurred at a terminal located in this state;(4)keep records of the removal of the gasoline and submit to audits concerning the gasoline as if the removal had occurred at a terminal located in this state;and(5)report sales by the permissive supplier to a person who is not licensed in this state.(c)A permissive supplier must acknowledge in the person's license application that this state imposes the requirements listed in Subsection (b) under this state's general police power and that the permissive supplier
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  • TAX CODETITLE 2. STATE TAXATIONSUBTITLE E. SALES, EXCISE, AND USE TAXESCHAPTER 162. MOTOR FUEL TAXESSUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONSSec. 162.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:(1) "Agricultural purpose" means a purpose associated with the following activities:(A) cultivating the soil;(B) producing crops for human food, animal feed, or planting seed or for the production of fibers;(C) floriculture, viticulture, silviculture, and horticulture, including the cultivation of plants in containers or nonsoil media;(D) raising, feeding, or keeping livestock or other animals for the production of food or fiber, leather, pelts, or other tangible products having a commercial value;(E) wildlife management; and(F) planting cover crops, including cover crops cultivated for transplantation, or leaving land idle for the purpose of participating in any governmental program or normal crop or livestock rotation procedure.(2) "Alcohol" means motor fuel grade ethanol or a mixture of motor fuel grade ethanol and methanol, excluding denaturant and water, that is a minimum of 98 percent ethanol or methanol by volume.(3) "Aviation fuel" means aviation gasoline or aviation jet fuel.(4) "Aviation fuel dealer" means a person who:(A) is the operator of an aircraft servicing facility;(B) delivers gasoline or diesel fuel exclusively into the fuel supply tanks of aircraft or into equipment used solely for servicing aircraft and used exclusively off-highway; and(C) does not use, sell, or distribute gasoline or diesel fuel on which a fuel tax is required to be collected or paid to this state.(5) "Aviation gasoline" means motor fuel designed for use in the operation of aircraft other than jet aircraft and sold or used for that purpose.(6) "Aviation jet fuel" means motor fuel designed for use in the operation of jet or turboprop aircraft and sold or used for that purpose. Text of subdivision as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312, Sec. 1 (7) "Biodiesel fuel" has the meaning assigned to "biodiesel" by Section 16.001, Agriculture Code. Text of subdivision as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 7 (7) "Biodiesel fuel" means any motor fuel or mixture of motor fuels, other than gasoline blended fuel, that is:(A) derived wholly or partly from agricultural products, vegetable oils, recycled greases, or animal fats, or the wastes of those products or fats; and(B) advertised, offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a diesel-powered engine.(8) "Blender" means a person who produces blended motor fuel outside the bulk transfer/terminal system.(9) "Blending" means the mixing together of liquids that produces a product that is offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine or diesel-powered engine. The term does not include mixing that occurs in the process of refining by the original refiner of crude petroleum or the commingling of products during transportation in a pipeline.(10) "Bulk plant" means a motor fuel storage and distribution facility that:(A) is not an IRS-approved terminal; and(B) from which motor fuel may be removed at a rack.(10-a) "Bulk storage" means a container of more than 10 gallons.(11) "Bulk transfer" means a transfer of motor fuel from one location to another by pipeline or marine movement within a bulk transfer/terminal system, including:(A) a marine vessel movement of motor fuel from a refinery or terminal to a terminal;(B) a pipeline movement of motor fuel from a refinery or terminal to a terminal;(C) a book transfer or in-tank transfer of motor fuel within a terminal between licensed suppliers before completion of removal across the rack; and(D) a two-party exchange between licensed suppliers or between licensed suppliers and permissive suppliers.(12) "Bulk transfer/terminal system" means the motor fuel distribution system consisting of refineries, pipelines, marine vessels, and IRS-approved terminals. Motor fuel is in the bulk transfer/terminal system if the motor fuel is in a refinery, a pipeline, a terminal, or a marine vessel transporting motor fuel to a refinery or terminal. Motor fuel is not in the bulk transfer/terminal system if the motor fuel is in a motor fuel storage facility, including:(A) a bulk plant that is not part of a refinery or terminal;(B) the motor fuel supply tank of an engine or a motor vehicle;(C) a marine vessel transporting motor fuel to a motor fuel storage facility that is not in the bulk transfer/terminal system; or(D) a tank car, railcar, trailer, truck, or other equipment suitable for ground transportation.(13) "Bulk user" means a person who maintains storage facilities for motor fuel and uses all or part of the stored motor fuel to operate a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft and for other uses.(14) "Cargo tank" means an assembly that is used to transport, haul, or deliver liquids and that consists of a tank having one or more compartments mounted on a wagon, automobile, truck, trailer, or wheels. The term includes accessory piping, valves, and meters, but does not include a fuel supply tank connected to the carburetor or fuel injector of a motor vehicle.(15) "Carrier" means an operator of a pipeline or marine vessel engaged in the business of transporting motor fuel above the terminal rack.(16) "Compressed natural gas" means natural gas that has been compressed and dispensed into motor fuel storage containers and is advertised, offered for sale, suitable for use, or used as an engine motor fuel.(17) "Dealer" means a person who sells motor fuel at retail or dispenses motor fuel at a retail location.(18) "Destination state" means the state, territory, or foreign country to which motor fuel is directed for delivery into a storage facility, a receptacle, a container, or a type of transportation equipment for resale or use.(19) "Diesel fuel" means kerosene or another liquid, or a combination of liquids blended together, offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for the propulsion of a diesel-powered engine. The term includes products commonly referred to as kerosene, light cycle oil, #1 diesel fuel, #2 diesel fuel, dyed or undyed diesel fuel, aviation jet fuel, renewable diesel, biodiesel, distillate fuel, cutter stock, or heating oil, but does not include gasoline, aviation gasoline, or liquefied gas.(20) "Distributor" means a person who makes sales of motor fuel at wholesale. A distributor's activities may also include sales of motor fuel at retail.(21) "Diversion number" means the number assigned by the comptroller, or by a person to whom the comptroller delegates or appoints the authority to assign the number, that relates to a single cargo tank delivery of motor fuel that is diverted from the original destination state printed on the shipping document.(22) "Dyed diesel fuel" means diesel fuel that:(A) meets the dyeing and marking requirements of 26 U.S.C. Section 4082, regardless of how the diesel fuel was dyed; and(B) is intended for off-highway use only.(23) "Export" means to obtain motor fuel in this state for sale or use in another state, territory, or foreign country.(24) "Exporter" means a person that exports motor fuel from this state. The seller is the exporter of motor fuel delivered out of this state by or for the seller, and the purchaser is the exporter of motor fuel delivered out of this state by or for the purchaser.(25) "Fuel grade ethanol" means the ASTM standard in effect on the effective date of this chapter as the D-4806 specification for denatured motor fuel grade ethanol for blending with motor fuel.(26) "Fuel supply tank" means a receptacle on a motor vehicle, nonhighway equipment, or a stationary engine from which motor fuel is supplied for the operation of its engine.(27) "Gallon" means a unit of liquid measurement as customarily used in the United States and that contains 231 cubic inches by volume.(28) "Gasohol" means a blended motor fuel composed of gasoline and motor fuel alcohol.(29) "Gasoline" means any liquid or combination of liquids blended together, offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine. The term includes gasohol, aviation gasoline, and blending agents, but does not include racing gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation jet fuel, or liquefied gas.(30) "Gasoline blend stocks" includes any petroleum product component of gasoline, such as naphtha, reformate, or toluene, listed in Treasury Regulation Section 48.4081-1(c)(3), that can be blended for use in a motor fuel. The term does not include a substance that will be ultimately used for consumer nonmotor fuel use and is sold or removed in drum quantities of 55 gallons or less at the time of the removal or sale.(31) "Gasoline blended fuel" means a mixture composed of gasoline and other liquids, including gasoline blend stocks, gasohol, ethanol, methanol, fuel grade alcohol, and resulting blends, other than a de minimus amount of a product such as carburetor detergent or oxidation inhibitor, that is offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine.(32) "Gross gallons" means the total measured product, exclusive of any temperature or pressure adjustments, considerations, or deductions, in U.S. gallons.(33) "Import" means to bring motor fuel into this state by motor vehicle, marine vessel, pipeline, or any other means. The term does not include bringing motor fuel into this state in the motor fuel supply tank of a motor vehicle if the motor fuel is used to power that motor vehicle.(34) "Import verification number" means the number assigned by the comptroller, or by a person to whom the comptroller delegates or appoints the authority to assign the number, that relates to a single cargo tank delivery into this state from another state after a request for an assigned number by an importer or by the motor fuel transporter carrying taxable motor fuel into this state for the account of an importer.(35) "Importer" means a person that imports motor fuel into this state. The seller is the importer for motor fuel delivered into this state from outside of this state by or for the seller, and the purchaser is the importer for motor fuel delivered into this state from outside of this state by or for the purchaser.(36) "Interstate trucker" means a person who for commercial purposes operates in this state, other states, or other countries a motor vehicle that:(A) has two axles and a registered gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds;(B) has three or more axles; or(C) is used in combination and the registered gross weight of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.(37) "Lessor" means a person:(A) whose principal business is the leasing or renting of motor vehicles for compensation to the general public;(B) who maintains established places of business; and(C) whose lease or rental contracts require the motor vehicles to be returned to the established places of business at the termination of the lease.(38) "License holder" means a person licensed by the comptroller under Section 162.105, 162.205, 162.304, 162.305, or 162.306.(39) "Liquefied gas" means all combustible gases that exist in the gaseous state at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and at a pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute, but does not include gasoline or diesel fuel.(40) "Liquefied gas tax decal user" means a person who owns or operates on the public highways of this state a motor vehicle capable of using liquefied gas for propulsion.(41) "Motor carrier" means a person who operates a commercial vehicle used, designated, or maintained to transport persons or property.(42) "Motor fuel" means gasoline, diesel fuel, liquefied gas, gasoline blended fuel, and other products that are offered for sale, sold, used, or capable of use as fuel for a gasoline-powered engine or a diesel-powered engine.(43) "Motor fuel transporter" means a person who transports gasoline, diesel fuel, gasoline blended fuel, aviation fuel, or any other motor fuel, except liquefied gas, outside the bulk transfer/terminal system by means of a transport vehicle, a railroad tank car, or a marine vessel. The term does not include a person who:(A) is licensed under this chapter as a supplier, permissive supplier, or distributor; and(B) exclusively transports gasoline, diesel fuel, gasoline blended fuel, aviation fuel, or any other motor fuel to which the person retains ownership while the fuel is being transported by the person.(44) "Motor vehicle" means a self-propelled vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer that is designed or used to transport persons or property over a public highway.(45) "Net gallons" means the amount of motor fuel measured in gallons when adjusted to a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit and a pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch.(46) "Permissive supplier" means a person who elects, but is not required, to have a supplier's license and who:(A) is registered under Section 4101, Internal Revenue Code, for transactions in motor fuel in the bulk transfer/terminal system; and(B) is a position holder in motor fuel located only in another state or a person who receives motor fuel only in another state under a two-party exchange.(47) "Position holder" means the person who holds the inventory position in motor fuel in a terminal, as reflected on the records of the terminal operator. A person holds the inventory position in motor fuel when that person has a contract with the terminal operator for the use of storage facilities and terminaling services for motor fuel at the terminal. The term includes a terminal operator who owns motor fuel in the terminal.(48) "Public highway" means every way or place of whatever nature open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel in this state, including the streets and alleys in towns and cities.(49) "Racing gasoline" means gasoline that contains lead, has an octane rating of 110 or higher, does not have detergent additives, and is not suitable for use as a motor fuel in a motor vehicle used on a public highway.(50) "Rack" means a mechanism for delivering motor fuel from a refinery, terminal, marine vessel, or bulk plant into a transport vehicle, railroad tank car, or other means of transfer that is outside the bulk transfer/terminal system.(51) "Refinery" means a facility for the manufacture or reprocessing of finished or unfinished petroleum products usable as motor fuel and from which motor fuel may be removed by pipeline or marine vessel or at a rack.(52) "Registered gross weight" means the total weight of the vehicle and carrying capacity shown on the registration certificate issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.(53) "Removal" means a physical transfer other than by evaporation, loss, or destruction. A physical transfer to a transport vehicle or other means of conveyance outside the bulk transfer/terminal system is complete on delivery into the means of conveyance.(53-a) "Renewable diesel" has the meaning assigned by Section 16.001, Agriculture Code.(54) "Sale" means a transfer of title, exchange, or barter of motor fuel, but does not include transfer of possession of motor fuel on consignment.(55) "Shipping document" means a delivery document issued in conjunction with the sale, transfer, or transport of motor fuel. A shipping document issued by a terminal operator shall be machine printed. All other shipping documents shall be typed or handwritten on a preprinted form or machine printed.(56) "Solid waste refuse vehicle" means a motor vehicle equipped with a power takeoff or auxiliary power unit that provides power to compact the refuse, open the back of the container before ejection, and eject the compacted refuse.(57) "Supplier" means a person that:(A) is subject to the general taxing jurisdiction of this state;(B) is registered under Section 4101, Internal Revenue Code, for transactions in motor fuel in the bulk transfer/terminal distribution system, and is:(i) a position holder in motor fuel in a terminal or refinery in this state and may concurrently also be a position holder in motor fuel in another state; or(ii) a person who receives motor fuel in this state under a two-party exchange; and(C) may also be a terminal operator, provided that a terminal operator is not considered to also be a "supplier" based solely on the fact that the terminal operator handles motor fuel consigned to it within a terminal.(58) "Terminal" means a motor fuel storage and distribution facility to which a terminal control number has been assigned by the Internal Revenue Service, to which motor fuel is supplied by pipeline or marine vessel, and from which motor fuel may be removed at a rack.(59) "Terminal operator" means a person who owns, operates, or otherwise controls a terminal.(60) "Transit company" means a business that:(A) transports in a political subdivision persons in carriers designed for 12 or more passengers;(B) holds a franchise from a political subdivision; and(C) has its rates regulated by the political subdivision or is owned or operated by the political subdivision.(61) "Transport vehicle" means a vehicle designed or used to carry motor fuel over a public highway and includes a straight truck, straight truck/trailer combination, and semitrailer combination rig.(62) "Two-party exchange" means a transaction in which motor fuel is transferred from one licensed supplier or permissive supplier to another licensed supplier or permissive supplier under an exchange agreement, including a transfer from the person who holds the inventory position in taxable motor fuel in the terminal as reflected on the records of the terminal operator, and that is:(A) completed before removal of the product from the terminal by the receiving exchange partner; and(B) recorded on the terminal operator's books and records with the receiving exchange partner as the supplier that removes the motor fuel across the terminal rack for purposes of reporting the transaction to this state.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 933, Sec. 3K.11, eff. September 1, 2009.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2009.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

    Sec. 162.002. TAX LIABILITY ON LEASED VEHICLES. (a) A user or interstate trucker is liable for the tax on motor fuel imported into this state in fuel supply tanks of leased motor vehicles and used on the public highways of this state to the same extent and in the same manner as motor fuel imported in the user's or interstate trucker's own motor vehicles and used on the public highways of this state, unless the person who owns the leased motor vehicles is liable under Subsection (b). If the owner of the leased motor vehicles is liable, the user or interstate trucker may exclude the leased motor vehicles from the person's return.(b) A person who, in the regular course of business and for consideration, leases motor vehicles and equipment to motor carriers or others for interstate operation may be considered to be the user or interstate trucker under this chapter if the person supplies or pays for the motor fuel consumed in those leased motor vehicles or equipment, and the person may be issued a license as an interstate trucker by the comptroller. An application for an interstate trucker license may be accompanied by one copy of the form-lease or service contract entered into with various lessees. On receipt of the interstate trucker license, the person may assign to each motor vehicle leased for interstate operation a photocopy of the license to be carried in the cab compartment of the motor vehicle. The photocopy of the license must have typed or printed on the back the unit or motor number of the motor vehicle to which it is assigned and the name of the lessee. The lessor is responsible for the proper use of the photocopy of the license issued to the lessor and for its return with the motor vehicle to which it is assigned.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.003. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER STATES. (a) The comptroller may enter into a cooperative agreement with another state for the collection of motor fuel taxes, the exchange of information, the auditing of users of motor fuel used in fleets of motor vehicles operated or intended for interstate operation, and the auditing of importers and exporters. An agreement or amendment of an agreement takes effect according to its terms, except that an agreement or amendment may not take effect until the proposed agreement or amendment is published in the Texas Register.(b) An agreement may provide for:(1) determining the base state for motor fuel users;(2) user, importer, and exporter records requirements;(3) audit procedures;(4) exchange of information;(5) persons eligible for tax licensing;(6) licensing and license revocation procedures, permits, penalties, and fees;(7) defining qualified motor vehicles;(8) determining bonding procedures, types, and amounts;(9) specifying reporting requirements and periods;(10) defining refund procedures and limitations, including the payment of interest;(11) defining uniform penalties, fees, and interest rates;(12) determining methods for collecting motor fuel taxes and for collecting and forwarding motor fuel taxes, other than penalties, due to another jurisdiction;(13) the temporary remittal of funds equal to the amount of the taxes and interest due to another jurisdiction but not otherwise collected, subject to appropriation of funds for that purpose; and(14) other provisions to facilitate the administration of the agreement.(c) The comptroller may, as required by the terms of an agreement, forward to an officer of another state any information in the comptroller's possession relating to the manufacture, receipts, sale, use, transportation, or shipment of motor fuel by any person. The comptroller may disclose to an officer of another state the location of officers, motor vehicles, and other real and personal property of users, importers, and exporters of motor fuel.(d) An agreement may provide for each state to audit the records of a person based in this state to determine if the motor fuel taxes due each state that is a party to the agreement are properly reported and paid. An agreement may provide for each state to forward the findings of an audit performed on a person based in this state to each other state in which the person has taxable use of motor fuel, from which the person imports motor fuel into this state, or to which the person exports motor fuel from this state. For a person who is not based in this state and who has taxable use of motor fuel in this state or an import into or export out of this state, the comptroller may use an audit performed by another state that is a party to an agreement with this state to make an assessment of motor fuel taxes against the person.(e) An agreement entered into under this section does not affect the authority of the comptroller to audit any person under any other law.(f) An agreement entered into under this section prevails over an inconsistent rule of the comptroller. Except as otherwise provided by this section, a statute of this state prevails over an inconsistent provision of an agreement entered into under this section.(g) The comptroller may segregate in a separate fund or account the amount of motor fuel taxes, other than penalties, estimated to be due to other jurisdictions, motor fuel taxes subject to refund during the fiscal year, licensing fees, and other costs collected under the agreement. On a determination of an amount held that is due to be remitted to another jurisdiction, the comptroller may issue a warrant or make an electronic transfer of the amount as necessary to carry out the purposes of the agreement. An auditing cost, membership fee, and other cost associated with the agreement may be paid from interest earned on funds segregated under this subsection. Any interest earnings in excess of the costs associated with the agreement shall be credited to general revenue.(h) The legislature finds that it is in the public interest to enter into motor fuel tax agreements with other jurisdictions that may provide for the temporary remittal of amounts due other jurisdictions that exceed the amounts collected and for cooperation with other jurisdictions for the collection of taxes imposed by this state and other jurisdictions on motor fuel that is imported into or exported out of this state. The comptroller shall ensure that reasonable measures are developed to recover motor fuel taxes and other amounts due this state during each biennium.(i) The comptroller shall attempt to enter into a cooperative agreement with each state that borders this state to provide for the collection of taxes imposed by this state and the bordering state on motor fuel that is imported into this state from or exported from this state to the bordering state. The comptroller is encouraged to attempt to enter into similar cooperative agreements with states that do not border this state.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.004. MOTOR FUEL TRANSPORTATION: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. (a) A person may not transport in this state any motor fuel by barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or transport vehicle unless the person has a shipping document for the motor fuel that complies with this section.(a-1) A terminal operator or operator of a bulk plant shall give a shipping document to the person who operates the barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or transport vehicle into which motor fuel is loaded at the terminal rack or bulk plant rack.(b) A shipping document shall contain the following information and any other information required by the comptroller:(1) the terminal control number of the terminal or physical address of the terminal or bulk plant from which the motor fuel was received;(2) the name of the purchaser;(3) the date the motor fuel was loaded;(4) the net gallons loaded, or the gross gallons loaded if the fuel was purchased from a bulk plant;(5) the destination state of the motor fuel, as represented by the purchaser of the motor fuel or the purchaser's agent; and(6) a description of the product being transported.(c) In the event of an extraordinary circumstance, including an act of God, that temporarily interferes with the ability to issue an automated machine-generated shipping document, a manually prepared shipping document that contains all of the information required by Subsection (b) shall be substituted for the machine-generated shipping document.(d) A terminal operator or bulk plant operator may rely on the representation made by the purchaser of motor fuel or the purchaser's agent concerning the destination state of the motor fuel. A purchaser is liable for any tax due as a result of the purchaser's diversion of motor fuel from the represented destination state.(e) A person to whom a shipping document was issued shall:(1) carry the shipping document in the barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or other transport vehicle for which the document was issued when transporting the motor fuel described in the document;(2) show the shipping document on request to any law enforcement officer, representative of the comptroller, or other authorized individual, when transporting the motor fuel described;(3) deliver the motor fuel to the destination state printed on the shipping document unless the person:(A) notifies the comptroller and the destination state, if a diversion program is in place, before transporting the motor fuel into a state other than the printed destination state, that the person has received instructions after the shipping document was issued to deliver the motor fuel to a different destination state;(B) receives from the comptroller and destination state, if a diversion program is in place, a diversion number authorizing the diversion; and(C) writes on the shipping document the change in destination state and the diversion number; and(4) give a copy of the shipping document to the person to whom the motor fuel is delivered.(f) The purchaser is responsible for paying the applicable destination state taxes along with filing a refund with the origin state. The supplier may not refund any taxes due to the diversion of a product.(g) The person to whom motor fuel is delivered by barge, vessel, railroad tank car, or transport vehicle may not accept delivery of the motor fuel if the destination state shown on the shipping document for the motor fuel is a state other than this state, except that the person may accept that delivery if the document contains a diversion number authorized by the comptroller and destination state, if applicable. The person to whom the motor fuel is delivered shall examine the shipping document to determine that the destination state is this state, and shall retain a copy of the shipping document at the delivery location or another place until the fourth anniversary of the date of delivery.(h) This section does not apply to motor fuel that is delivered into the fuel supply tank of a motor vehicle.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2009.

    Sec. 162.005. CANCELLATION OR REFUSAL OF LICENSE. (a) The comptroller may cancel or refuse to issue or reissue a motor fuel license to any person who has violated or has failed to comply with a provision of this chapter or a rule of the comptroller.(b) Before a license may be canceled, or the issuance or reissuance refused, the comptroller shall give the license holder or license applicant not less than 10 days' notice of a hearing at the office of the comptroller in Austin or at a specified comptroller's field office, granting the license holder or applicant an opportunity to show cause before the comptroller why the proposed action should not be taken. If a license is in effect, the license remains in force pending the determination of the show-cause hearing. Notice must be in writing and may be mailed by United States registered mail or certified mail to the license holder or applicant at the person's last known address, or may be delivered by the comptroller to the license holder or applicant, and no other notice is necessary. In case of service by mail of a notice required by this chapter, the service is complete at the time of deposit in the United States Post Office.(c) The comptroller may prescribe rules of procedure and evidence for the hearings in accordance with Chapter 2001, Government Code.(d) If, after the hearing or the opportunity to be heard, the license is canceled or the issuance or reissuance refused by the comptroller, all taxes that have been collected or that have accrued, although the taxes are not then due and payable to the state, except by the provisions of this chapter, shall become due and payable concurrently with the notice of cancellation of the license. The license holder shall within five days make a report covering the period not covered by preceding reports filed by the license holder and ending with the date of cancellation, and shall remit and pay to the comptroller all taxes that have been collected and that have accrued from the sale, use, or distribution of motor fuel in this state.(e) The comptroller may revoke a license if the license holder purchases for export motor fuel on which the tax was not paid under this chapter and subsequently diverts or causes the motor fuel to be diverted to a destination in this state or to any destination other than the originally designated state or country without first obtaining a diversion number.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.006. SUMMARY SUSPENSION OF LICENSE. (a) The comptroller may suspend a person's license without notice or a hearing for the person's failure to comply with this chapter or a rule adopted under this chapter if the person's continued operation constitutes an immediate and substantial threat to the collection of taxes imposed by this chapter and attributable to the person's operation.(b) If the comptroller summarily suspends a person's license, proceedings for a preliminary hearing before the comptroller or the comptroller's representative must be initiated simultaneously with the summary suspension. The preliminary hearing shall be set for a date that is not later than the 10th day after the date of the summary suspension, unless the parties agree to a later date.(c) At the preliminary hearing, the license holder must show cause why the license should not remain suspended pending a final hearing on suspension or revocation.(d) Chapter 2001, Government Code, does not apply to a summary suspension under this section.(e) To initiate a proceeding to suspend summarily a person's license, the comptroller shall serve notice on the license holder informing the license holder of the right to a preliminary hearing before the comptroller or the comptroller's representative and of the time and place of the preliminary hearing. The notice must be personally served on the license holder or an officer, employee, or agent of the license holder, or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, to the license holder's mailing address as it appears on the comptroller's records. The notice must state the alleged violations that constitute the grounds for summary suspension. The suspension is effective at the time the notice is served. If the notice is served in person, the license holder shall immediately surrender the license to the comptroller or to the comptroller's representative. If notice is served by mail, the license holder shall immediately return the license to the comptroller.(f) Section 162.005, governing hearings for license cancellation or refusal to issue a license under this chapter, governs a final administrative hearing under this section.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.007. ENFORCEMENT OF LICENSE CANCELLATION, SUSPENSION, OR REFUSAL. (a) The comptroller may examine any books and records incident to the conduct of the business of a person whose license has been canceled or suspended on the person's failure to file the reports required by this chapter or to remit all taxes due. If necessary, the comptroller shall issue an audit deficiency determination for any tax amount due. If the amount is not paid on or before the 15th day after the deficiency determination becomes final, the bond or other security required under this chapter shall be forfeited. The demand for payment shall be addressed to both the surety or sureties and the person who owes the delinquency.(b) If the forfeiture of the bond or other security does not satisfy the delinquency, the comptroller shall certify the taxes, penalty, and interest delinquent to the attorney general, who may file suit against the person or the person's surety, or both, to collect the amount due. After being given notice of an order of cancellation or summary suspension, it shall be unlawful for any person to continue to operate the person's business under a canceled or suspended license. The attorney general may file suit to enjoin the person from operating under the canceled or suspended license until the comptroller reissues a license.(c) An appeal from an order of the comptroller canceling or suspending or refusing the issuance or reissuance of a license may be taken to a district court of Travis County by the aggrieved license holder or applicant. The trial shall be de novo under the same rules as ordinary civil suits, except that:(1) an appeal must be perfected and filed within 30 days after the effective date of the order, decision, or ruling of the comptroller;(2) the trial of the case shall begin within 10 days after its filing; and(3) the order, decision, or ruling of the comptroller may be suspended or modified by the court pending a trial on the merits.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.008. INSPECTION OF PREMISES AND RECORDS. For the purpose of determining the amount of tax collected and payable to this state, the amount of tax accruing and due, and whether a tax liability has been incurred under this chapter, the comptroller may:(1) inspect any premises where motor fuel, crude petroleum, natural gas, derivatives or condensates of crude petroleum, natural gas, or their products, methyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or other blending agents are produced, made, prepared, stored, transported, sold, or offered for sale or exchange;(2) examine the books and records required to be kept and records incident to the business of any license holder or person required to be licensed, or any person receiving, possessing, delivering, or selling motor fuel, crude oil, derivatives or condensates of crude petroleum, natural gas, or their products, or any blending agents;(3) examine and either gauge or measure the contents of all storage tanks, containers, and other property or equipment; and(4) take samples of any and all of these products stored on the premises.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.009. AUTHORITY TO STOP AND EXAMINE. To enforce this chapter, the comptroller or a peace officer may stop a motor vehicle that appears to be operating with or transporting motor fuel to examine the shipping document, cargo manifest, or invoices required to be carried, examine a license or copy of a license that may be required to be carried, take samples from the fuel supply or cargo tanks, and make any other investigation that could reasonably be made to determine whether the taxes have been paid or accounted for by a license holder or a person required to be licensed. The comptroller, a peace officer, an employee of the attorney general's office, an employee of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or an employee of the Department of Agriculture may take samples of motor fuel from a storage tank or container to:(1) determine if the fuel contains hazardous waste or is adulterated; or(2) allow the comptroller to determine whether taxes on the fuel have been paid or accounted for to this state.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.010. IMPOUNDMENT AND SEIZURE. (a) If after examination or other investigation, the comptroller believes that the owner or operator of a motor vehicle or cargo tank, or a person receiving, possessing, delivering, or selling gasoline or diesel fuel, has not paid all motor fuel taxes due, or does not have a valid license entitling that person to possess or transport tax-free motor fuel, the comptroller or peace officer may impound the fuel, the motor vehicle, cargo tank, storage tank, equipment, paraphernalia, or other tangible personal property used for or incident to the storage, sale, or transportation of that motor fuel. Unless proof is produced within three working days after the beginning of impoundment that the owner, operator, or other person has paid the taxes established by the comptroller to be due on the gasoline or diesel fuel stored, sold, used, or transported and any other taxes due to this state, or that the owner, operator, or other person holds a valid license to possess or transport tax-free motor fuel, the comptroller may demand payment of all taxes, penalties, and interest due to this state, and all costs of impoundment.(b) If the owner or operator does not produce the required documentation or required license or pay the taxes, penalties, interest, and costs due within three working days after the beginning of the impoundment, the comptroller may seize the impounded property to satisfy the tax liability.(c) The comptroller may seize:(1) all motor fuel on which taxes are imposed by this chapter that is found in the possession, custody, or control of any person for the purpose of being sold, transported, removed, or used by the person in violation of this chapter;(2) all motor fuel that is removed or is deposited, stored, or concealed in any place with intent to avoid payment of taxes;(3) any automobile, truck, tank truck, boat, trailer conveyance, or other vehicle used in the removal or transportation of the motor fuel to avoid payment of taxes; and(4) all equipment, paraphernalia, storage tanks, or tangible personal property incident to and used for avoiding the payment of taxes and found in the place, building, or vehicle where the motor fuel is found.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.011. SALE OF SEIZED PROPERTY. (a) The comptroller may sell property seized under Section 162.010.(b) Notice of the time and place of a sale shall be given to the delinquent person in writing by certified mail at least 20 days before the date set for the sale. The notice shall be enclosed in an envelope addressed to the person at the person's last known address or place of business. It shall be deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid. The notice shall also be published once a week for two consecutive weeks before the date of the sale in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the property seized is to be sold. If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the county, notice shall be posted in three public places in the county 14 days before the date set for the sale. The notice must contain a description of the property to be sold, a statement of the amount due, including interest, penalties, and costs, the name of the delinquent, and the further statement that unless the amount due, interest, penalties, and costs are paid on or before the time fixed in the notice for the sale, the property, or as much of it as may be necessary, will be sold at public auction in accordance with the law and the notice.(c) At the sale, the comptroller shall sell the property and shall deliver to the purchaser a bill of sale for personal property and a deed for real property sold. The bill of sale or deed vests the interest or title of the person liable for the amount in the purchaser. The unsold portion of any property seized may be left at the place of sale at the risk of the person liable for the amount.(d) The proceeds of a sale shall be allocated according to the following priorities:(1) the payment of expenses of seizure, appraisal, custody, advertising, auction, and any other expenses incident to the seizure and sale;(2) the payment of the tax, penalty, and interest; and(3) the repayment of the remaining balance to the person liable for the amount unless a claim is presented before the sale by any other person who has an ownership interest evidenced by a financing statement or lien, in which case the comptroller shall withhold the remaining balance pending a determination of the rights of the respective parties.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.012. PRESUMPTIONS. (a) A person licensed under this chapter or required to be licensed under this chapter, or other user, who fails to keep a record, issue an invoice, or file a return or report required by this chapter is presumed to have sold or used for taxable purposes all motor fuel shown by an audit by the comptroller to have been sold to the license holder or other user. Motor fuel unaccounted for is presumed to have been sold or used for taxable purposes. If an exporter claims an exemption under Section 162.104(a)(4)(B) or 162.204(a)(4)(B) and fails to produce proof of payment of tax to the destination state or proof that the transaction was exempt in the destination state, the exporter is presumed to have not paid the destination state's tax or this state's tax on the exported motor fuel and the comptroller shall assess the tax imposed by this chapter on the exported motor fuel against the exporter. The comptroller may fix or establish the amount of taxes, penalties, and interest due this state from the records of deliveries or from any records or information available. If a tax claim, as developed from this procedure, is not paid, after the opportunity to request a redetermination, the claim and any audit made by the comptroller or any report filed by the license holder or other user is evidence in any suit or judicial proceedings filed by the attorney general and is prima facie evidence of the correctness of the claim or audit. A prima facie presumption of the correctness of the claim may be overcome at the trial by evidence adduced by the license holder or other user.(b) In the absence of records showing the number of miles actually operated per gallon of motor fuel consumed, it is presumed that not less than one gallon of motor fuel was consumed for every four miles traveled. An interstate trucker may produce evidence of motor fuel consumption to establish another mileage factor. If an examination or audit made by the comptroller from the records of an interstate trucker shows that a greater amount of motor fuel was consumed than was reported by the interstate trucker for tax purposes, the interstate trucker is liable for the tax, penalties, and interest on the additional amount shown or the trucker is entitled to a credit or refund on overpayments of tax established by the audit.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.013. VENUE OF TAX COLLECTION SUITS. The venue of a suit, injunction, or other proceeding at law available for the establishment or collection of a claim for delinquent taxes, penalties, or interest accruing under this chapter and the enforcement of the terms and provisions of this chapter is in Travis County or in any other county having venue under existing venue statutes.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.014. OTHER MOTOR FUEL TAXES PROHIBITED. The taxes imposed by this chapter are in lieu of any other excise or occupation tax imposed by a political subdivision of this state on the sale, use, or distribution of gasoline, diesel fuel, or liquefied gas.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.015. ADDITIONAL TAX APPLIES TO INVENTORIES. (a) On the effective date of an increase in the rates of the taxes imposed by this chapter, a distributor or dealer that possesses for the purpose of sale 2,000 or more gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel at each business location on which the taxes imposed by this chapter at a previous rate have been paid shall report to the comptroller the volume of that gasoline and diesel fuel, and at the time of the report shall pay a tax on that gasoline and diesel fuel at a rate equal to the rate of the tax increase.(b) On the effective date of a reduction of the rates of taxes imposed by this chapter, a distributor or dealer that possesses for the purpose of sale 2,000 or more gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel at each business location on which the taxes imposed by this chapter at the previous rate have been paid becomes entitled to a refund in an amount equal to the difference in the amount of taxes paid on that gasoline or diesel fuel at the previous rate and at the rate in effect on the effective date of the reduction in the tax rates. The rules of the comptroller shall provide for the method of claiming a refund under this chapter and may require that the refund for the dealer be paid through the distributor or supplier from whom the dealer received the fuel.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.016. IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF MOTOR FUEL. (a) A person may not import motor fuel to a destination in this state or export motor fuel to a destination outside this state by any means unless the person possesses a shipping document for that fuel. The shipping document must include:(1) the name and physical address of the terminal or bulk plant from which the motor fuel was received for import or export;(2) the name of the carrier transporting the motor fuel;(3) the date the motor fuel was loaded;(4) the type of motor fuel;(5) the number of gallons:(A) in temperature-adjusted gallons if purchased from a terminal for export or import; or(B) in temperature-adjusted gallons or in gross gallons if purchased from a bulk plant;(6) the destination of the motor fuel as represented by the purchaser of the motor fuel and the number of gallons of the fuel to be delivered, if delivery is to only one state;(7) the name and physical address of the purchaser of the motor fuel;(8) the name of the person responsible for paying the tax imposed by this chapter, as given to the terminal by the purchaser if different from the licensed supplier or distributor;(9) the destination state of each portion of a split load of motor fuel if the motor fuel is to be delivered to more than one state; and(10) any other information that, in the opinion of the comptroller, is necessary for the proper administration of this chapter.(b) The shipping documents shall be provided to the importer or exporter.(c) If motor fuel is to be delivered to more than one state, the terminal shall document the split loads by issuing shipping documents that list the destination state of each portion of the motor fuel.(d) A seller, transporter, or receiver of motor fuel shall:(1) retain a copy of the shipping document until at least the fourth anniversary of the date the fuel is received; and(2) provide a copy of the document to the comptroller or any law enforcement officer not later than the 10th working day after the date a request for the copy is received.(e) An importer or exporter shall keep in the person's possession the shipping document when transporting motor fuel imported into this state or for export from this state. The importer or exporter shall show the document to the comptroller or a peace officer on request. The comptroller may delegate authority to inspect the document to other governmental agencies. The importer or exporter shall provide a copy of the shipping document to the person that receives the fuel when it is delivered.(f) The importer or exporter may deliver motor fuel only to the destination state or states indicated on the shipping document.(g) An importer or exporter who wants to divert the delivery of a single cargo tank of motor fuel from the destination state printed on the shipping document must obtain a diversion number from the comptroller before diverting the delivery. The importer, exporter, or motor fuel transporter must write the diversion number on the shipping document issued for the fuel. A diversion number is required for each diverted delivery. The comptroller may appoint a person to assign diversion numbers or may delegate that authority to another person.(h) An importer that acquires motor fuel for import by cargo tank must obtain an import verification number from the comptroller before importing the motor fuel. The importer must write the import verification number on the shipping document issued for the fuel. The importer must obtain a separate import confirmation number for each cargo tank delivery of motor fuel into this state. The comptroller may appoint a person to assign import verification numbers or may delegate that authority to another person.(i) Each terminal or bulk plant shall post a notice in a conspicuous location proximate to the point of receipt of shipping papers that describes the duties of importers and exporters under this section. The comptroller may prescribe the language, type, style, and format of the notice.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2009.

    SUBCHAPTER B. GASOLINE TAXSec. 162.101. POINT OF IMPOSITION OF GASOLINE TAX. (a) A tax is imposed on the removal of gasoline from the terminal using the terminal rack, other than by bulk transfer. The supplier or permissive supplier is liable for and shall collect the tax imposed by this subchapter from the person who orders the withdrawal at the terminal rack.(b) A tax is imposed at the time gasoline is imported into this state, other than by a bulk transfer, for delivery to a destination in this state. The supplier or permissive supplier is liable for and shall collect the tax imposed by this subchapter from the person who imports the gasoline into this state. If the seller is not a supplier or permissive supplier, then the person who imports the gasoline into this state is liable for and shall pay the tax.(c) A tax is imposed on the removal of gasoline from the bulk transfer/terminal system in this state. The supplier is liable for and shall collect the tax imposed by this subchapter from the person who orders the removal from the bulk transfer terminal system.(d) A tax is imposed on gasoline brought into this state in a motor fuel supply tank or tanks of a motor vehicle operated by a person required to be licensed as an interstate trucker. The interstate trucker is liable for and shall pay the tax.(e) A tax is imposed on the blending of gasoline at the point gasoline blended fuel is made in this state outside the bulk transfer/terminal system. The blender is liable for and shall pay the tax. The number of gallons of gasoline blended fuel on which the tax is imposed is equal to the difference between the number of gallons of blended fuel made and the number of gallons of previously taxed gasoline used to make the blended fuel.(f) A terminal operator in this state is considered a supplier for the purpose of the tax imposed under this subchapter unless at the time of removal:(1) the terminal operator has a terminal operator's license issued for the facility from which the gasoline is withdrawn;(2) the terminal operator verifies that the person who removes the gasoline has a supplier's license; and(3) the terminal operator does not have a reason to believe that the supplier's license is not valid.(g) In each subsequent sale of gasoline on which the tax has been paid, the amount of the tax shall be added to the selling price so that the tax is paid ultimately by the person using or consuming the gasoline. Gasoline is considered to be used when it is delivered into a fuel supply tank.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2009.

    Sec. 162.102. TAX RATE. The gasoline tax rate is 20 cents for each net gallon or fractional part on which the tax is imposed under Section 162.101.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.1025. SEPARATE STATEMENT OF TAX COLLECTED FROM PURCHASER. (a) In each subsequent sale of gasoline on which the tax has been paid, the tax imposed by this subchapter shall be collected from the purchaser so that the tax is paid ultimately by the person who uses the gasoline. Gasoline is considered to be used when it is delivered into a fuel supply tank.(b) The tax imposed by this subchapter must be stated separately from the sales price of gasoline and identified as gasoline tax on the invoice or receipt issued to a purchaser. Backup gasoline tax may be identified as gasoline tax. The tax must be separately stated and identified in the same manner on a shipping document, if the shipping document includes the sales price of the gasoline.(c) Except as provided by Subsection (d), the sales price of gasoline stated on an invoice, receipt, or shipping document is presumed to be exclusive of the tax imposed by this subchapter. The seller or purchaser may overcome the presumption by using the seller's records to show that the tax imposed by this subchapter was included in the sales price.(d) Subsection (b) does not apply to a sale of gasoline by a licensed dealer to a person who delivers the gasoline at the dealer's place of business into a fuel supply tank or into a container having a capacity of not more than 10 gallons.

    Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2009.

    Sec. 162.103. BACKUP TAX; LIABILITY. (a) A backup tax is imposed at the rate prescribed by Section 162.102 on:(1) a person who obtains a refund of tax on gasoline by claiming the gasoline was used for an off-highway purpose, but actually uses the gasoline to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway;(2) a person who operates a motor vehicle on a public highway using gasoline on which tax has not been paid;(3) a person who sells to the ultimate consumer gasoline on which tax has not been paid and who knew or had reason to know that the gasoline would be used for a taxable purpose; and(4) a person, other than a person exempted under Section 162.104, who acquires gasoline on which tax has not been paid from any source in this state.(b) If the motor vehicle described by Subsection (a)(2) is owned or leased by a person other than the operator, the tax shall be paid by either the operator or the motor vehicle's owner or lessee.(c) The tax imposed under Subsection (a)(3) is also imposed on the ultimate consumer.(d) A person who sells gasoline in this state, other than by a bulk transfer, on which tax has not been paid for any purpose other than a purpose exempt under Section 162.104 shall at the time of sale collect the tax from the purchaser or recipient of gasoline in addition to the selling price and is liable to this state for the taxes imposed in the manner provided by this chapter.(e) The tax liability imposed by this section is in addition to any penalty imposed under this chapter.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1227, Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2009.

    Sec. 162.104. EXEMPTIONS. (a) The tax imposed by this subchapter does not apply to gasoline:(1) sold to the United States for its exclusive use, provided that the exemption does not apply with respect to fuel sold or delivered to a person operating under a contract with the United States;(2) sold to a public school district in this state for the district's exclusive use;(3) sold to a commercial transportation company or a metropolitan rapid transit authority operating under Chapter 451, Transportation Code, that provides public school transportation services to a school district under Section 34.008, Education Code, and that uses the gasoline only to provide those services;(4) exported by either a licensed supplier or a licensed exporter from this state to any other state, provided that:(A) for gasoline in a situation described by Subsection (d), the bill of lading indicates the destination state and the supplier collects the destination state tax; or(B) for gasoline in a situation described by Subsection (e), the bill of lading indicates the destination state, the gasoline is subsequently exported, and the exporter is licensed in the destination state to pay that state's tax and has an exporter's license issued under this subchapter;(5) moved by truck or railcar between licensed suppliers or licensed permissive suppliers and in which the gasoline removed from the first terminal comes to rest in the second terminal, provided that the removal from the second terminal rack is subject to the tax imposed by this subchapter;(6) delivered or sold into a storage facility of a licensed aviation fuel dealer from which gasoline will be delivered solely into the fuel supply tanks of aircraft or aircraft servicing equipment, or sold from one licensed aviation fuel dealer to another licensed aviation fuel dealer who will deliver the aviation fuel exclusively into the fuel supply tanks of aircraft or aircraft servicing equipment;(7) exported to a foreign country if the bill of lading indicates the foreign destination and the fuel is actually exported to the foreign country; or(8) sold to a volunteer fire department in this state for the department's exclusive use.(b) The exemption provided by Subsection (a)(4) does not apply to gasoline that is transported and delivered outside this state in the motor fuel supply tank of a motor vehicle other than an interstate trucker.(c) If an exporter described by Subsection (a)(4)(B) does not have an exporter's license issued under this subchapter, the supplier must collect the tax imposed under this subchapter.(d) Subsection (a)(4)(A) applies only if the destination state recognizes, by agreement with this state or by statute or rule, a supplier in this state as a valid taxpayer for the motor fuel being exported to that state from this state. The comptroller shall publish a list that specifies for each state, other than this state, whether that state does or does not qualify under this subsection.(e) Subsection (a)(4)(B) applies only until the date the destination state recognizes, by agreement with this state or by statute, the out-of-state supplier as a valid taxpayer for the motor fuel being exported to that state from this state, or until January 1, 2006, whichever date is earlier.(f) The exemption provided by Subsection (a)(4)(A) does not apply to a sale by a distributor.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.Amended by: Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 931, Sec. 11, eff. July 1, 2007.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 161, Sec. 1, eff. July 1, 2009.

    Sec. 162.105. PERSONS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED. A person shall obtain the appropriate license or licenses issued by the comptroller before conducting the activities of:(1) a supplier, who may also act as a distributor, importer, exporter, blender, motor fuel transporter, or aviation fuel dealer without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(2) a permissive supplier, who may also act as a distributor, importer, exporter, blender, motor fuel transporter, or aviation fuel dealer without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(3) a distributor, who may also act as an importer, exporter, blender, or motor fuel transporter without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(4) an importer, who may also act as an exporter, blender, or motor fuel transporter without securing a separate license, but who is subject to all other conditions, requirements, and liabilities imposed on those license holders;(5) a terminal operator;(6) an exporter;(7) a blender;(8) a motor fuel transporter;(9) an aviation fuel dealer; or(10) an interstate trucker.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.106. TRIP PERMITS. (a) Instead of an annual interstate trucker's license, a person bringing a motor vehicle described by Section 162.001(36) into this state for commercial purposes may obtain a trip permit. The trip permit must be obtained before or at the time of entry into this state.(b) Not more than five trip permits for each person may be issued during a calendar year.(c) A fee for each trip permit shall be collected from the applicant and shall be in the amount of $50 for each vehicle for each trip.(d) A report is not required with respect to the vehicle.(e) Operating a motor vehicle without a valid interstate trucker's license or trip permit may subject the operator to a penalty under Section 162.402.

    Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 199, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.

    Sec. 162.107. PERMISSIVE SUPPLIER REQUIREMENTS ON OUT-OF-STATE REMOVALS. (a) A person may elect to obtain a permissive supplier license to collect the tax imposed under this subchapter for gasoline that is removed at a terminal in another state and has this state as the destination state.(b) With respect to gasoline that is removed by the licensed permissive supplier at a terminal located in another state and that has this state as the destination state, a licensed permissive supplier shall:(1) collect the tax due to this state on the gasoline;(2) waive any defense that this state lacks jurisdiction to require the supplier to collect the tax due to this state on the gasoline under this subchapter;(3) report and pay the tax due on the gasoline in the same manner as if the removal had occurred at a terminal located in this state;(4) keep records of the removal of the gasoline and submit to audits concerning the gasoline as if the removal had occurred at a terminal located in this state; and(5) report sales by the permissive supplier to a person who is not licensed in this state.(c) A permissive supplier must acknowledge in the person's license application that this state imposes the requirements listed in Subsection (b) under this state's general police power and that the permissive supplier

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