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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Insurance Code to address the taxation of surplus lines of
10 insurance including prohibiting local taxation and authorizing the commissioner to
11 enter into certain agreements.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . prohibits local taxation of surplus lines insurance transactions;
15 . defines terms;
16 . authorizes the commissioner to enter into an agreement related to surplus lines
18 . addresses the collection of taxes and fees, if an agreement is entered into, for
19 coverage of property, risks, or exposures located or to be performed in and out of
20 this state; and
21 . makes technical and conforming amendments.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 31A-3-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 124
29 31A-3-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapters 252 and 298
31 31A-3-305, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 31A-3-301 is amended to read:
35 31A-3-301. Tax imposed on surplus lines insurance transactions.
36 (1) (a) An insurance transaction under Section 31A-15-103 is subject to a tax of
37 4-1/4% of gross premiums, less 4-1/4% of return premiums paid to insureds by reason of policy
38 cancellations or premium reductions.
39 (b) [
40 monetary consideration for an insurance policy including [
41 however designated.
42 (2) The tax imposed by this section does not apply to:
43 (a) ocean marine insurance;
44 (b) insurance premiums paid by institutions within the state system of higher education
45 as specified in Section 53B-1-102 ; or
46 (c) annuities.
47 (3) [
48 section in the General Fund.
49 (4) (a) A county, city, or municipality within the state may not impose an occupation
50 tax or other tax or fee on a surplus lines insurance transaction.
51 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), an insurer, producer, or policyholder may be
52 subject to other taxes not described in Subsection (4)(a).
53 Section 2. Section 31A-3-303 is amended to read:
54 31A-3-303. Payment of tax.
55 (1) [
56 policyholder are jointly and severally liable for the payment of the taxes required under Section
57 31A-3-301 .
58 (b) The policyholder's liability for payment of the premium tax under Section
59 31A-3-301 ends when the policyholder pays the tax to [
60 (c) The insurer and [
61 severally liable for the payment of the additional tax required under Section 31A-3-302 .
62 (d) Except for the tax under Section 31A-3-302 , the [
63 under this part [
64 tax when billed for the premium.
65 (e) Except for the tax imposed under Section 31A-3-302 , absorption of the tax by the
66 producer or insurer is an unfair method of competition under Section 31A-23a-402 .
67 (2) (a) The commissioner shall by rule prescribe accounting and reporting forms and
68 procedures for insurers, producers, and policyholders to use in determining the amount of taxes
69 owed under this part, and the manner and time of payment.
70 (b) If a tax is not paid within the time prescribed under the commissioner's rule, a
71 penalty shall be imposed of 25% of the tax due, plus 1-1/2% per month from the time of
72 default until full payment of the tax.
73 (3) Upon making a record of its actions, and upon reasonable cause shown, the [
75 interest imposed under this part.
76 (4) [
77 located in this state, for computation of tax under this part the premium shall be reasonably
78 allocated among the states on the basis of risk locations. However, [
79 respect to surplus lines insurance received in this state by a surplus lines producer or charged
80 on policies written or negotiated in or from this state are taxable in full under this part, subject
81 to a credit for any tax actually paid in another state to the extent of a reasonable allocation on
82 the basis of risk locations.
83 (5) [
84 a producer or by an insurer are the property of this state.
85 (6) If the property of [
86 state, or if [
87 hands of an assignee, receiver, or trustee, [
88 part are preferred claims and the state is to that extent a preferred creditor.
89 Section 3. Section 31A-3-305 is enacted to read:
90 31A-3-305. Agreement related to nonadmitted insurance taxes.
91 (1) As used in this section:
92 (a) "Agreement" means a cooperative agreement, reciprocal agreement, or compact
93 with one or more other states.
94 (b) (i) "Home state," except as provided in Subsections (1)(b)(ii) and (iii), with respect
95 to an insured, means:
96 (A) the state in which the insured maintains its principal place of business or, in the
97 case of an individual, the individual's principal residence; or
98 (B) if 100% of the insured risk is located out of the state described in Subsection
99 (1)(b)(i)(A), the state to which the greatest percentage of the insured's taxable premium for that
100 insurance contract is allocated.
101 (ii) If more than one insured from an affiliated group are named insureds on a single
102 nonadmitted insurance contract, "home state" means the home state determined under
103 Subsection (1)(b)(i) of the member of the affiliated group that has the largest percentage of
104 premium attributed to it under the nonadmitted insurance contract.
105 (iii) (A) When a group policyholder pays 100% of the premium from its own money,
106 "home state" means the home state determined under Subsection (1)(b)(i) of the group policy
108 (B) When a group policyholder does not pay 100% of the premium from its own
109 money, "home state" means the home state determined under Subsection (1)(b)(i) of the group
111 (c) "Principal place of business," for purposes of determining the home state of an
112 insured, means:
113 (i) the state where the insured maintains its headquarters and where the insured's
114 high-level officers direct, control, and coordinate the business activities;
115 (ii) if the insured's high-level officers direct, control, and coordinate the business
116 activities in more than one state, the state in which the greatest percentage of the insured's
117 taxable premium for that insurance contract is allocated; or
118 (iii) if the insured maintains its headquarters or the insured's high-level officers direct,
119 control, and coordinate the business activities outside any state, the state to which the greatest
120 percentage of the insured's taxable premium for that insurance contract is allocated.
121 (d) "Principal residence," with respect to determining the home state of an insured,
123 (i) the state where the insured resides for the greatest number of days during a calendar
124 year; or
125 (ii) if the insured's principal residence is located outside any state, the state to which
126 the greatest percentage of the insured's taxable premium for that insurance contract is allocated.
127 (2) The commissioner may enter into an agreement to:
128 (a) facilitate the collection, allocation, and disbursement of premium taxes attributable
129 to the placement of nonadmitted insurance;
130 (b) provide for uniform methods of allocation and reporting among nonadmitted
131 insurance risk classifications; and
132 (c) share information among states relating to nonadmitted insurance premium taxes.
133 (3) If the commissioner enters into an agreement under Subsection (2), the following
135 (a) In addition to the full amount of gross premiums charged by the insurer for the
136 insurance, a surplus lines producer shall collect and pay to the commissioner a sum based on
137 the total gross premiums charged, less any return premiums, for surplus lines insurance
138 provided by the surplus lines producer.
139 (b) When surplus lines insurance covers property, risks, or exposures located or to be
140 performed in and out of this state, the sum payable is calculated as follows:
141 (i) calculate an amount equal to the applicable tax rates under this part on that portion
142 of the gross premiums allocated to this state pursuant to the agreement;
143 (ii) add to the amount under Subsection (3)(b)(i) an amount equal to the portion of the
144 premiums allocated to other states or territories on the basis of the tax rates and fees applicable
145 to properties, risks, or exposures located or to be performed outside of this state pursuant to the
146 agreement; and
147 (iii) subtract from the amount under Subsection (3)(b)(ii) the amount of gross
148 premiums allocated to this state and returned to the insured.
149 (c) The tax on any portion of the premium unearned at termination of insurance having
150 been credited by the state to the licensee shall be returned to the policyholder directly by the
151 surplus lines producer. A surplus lines producer may not absorb or rebate, for any reason, any
152 part of the tax.
153 (4) The commissioner may participate in a clearinghouse established through an
154 agreement described in Subsection (2) for the purpose of collecting or disbursing to reciprocal
155 states any money collected pursuant to Subsection (3) applicable to properties, risks, or
156 exposures located or to be performed outside of this state. To the extent that other states where
157 portions of the properties, risks, or exposures reside have failed to enter into an agreement with
158 this state, the state shall retain the net premium tax collected.
159 (5) The commissioner may adopt an allocation schedule included in an agreement
160 described in Subsection (2) for the purpose of allocating risk and computing the tax due on the
161 portion of premium attributable to each risk classification and to each state where properties,
162 risks, or exposures reside.
163 (6) The commissioner may apply the definition of "home state" in Subsection (1) when
164 implementing an agreement described in Subsection (2).
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-10-11 8:41 AM