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H.B. 31





Chief Sponsor: Patrick Painter

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill changes fees imposed on certain aircraft.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    changes the registration fee imposed on certain emergency medical aircraft; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          72-10-110, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 171
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 72-10-110 is amended to read:
             26           72-10-110. Aircraft registration information requirements -- Registration fee --
             27      Administration -- Partial year registration.

             28          (1) All applications for aircraft registration shall contain:
             29          (a) a description of the aircraft, including:
             30          (i) the manufacturer or builder;
             31          (ii) the aircraft registration number, type, year of manufacture, or if an experimental
             32      aircraft, the year the aircraft was completed and certified for air worthiness by an inspector of
             33      the Federal Aviation Administration; and
             34          (iii) gross weight;
             35          (b) the name and address of the owner of the aircraft; and
             36          (c) where the aircraft is located, or the address where the aircraft is usually used or
             37      based.
             38          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3), at the time application is made for
             39      registration or renewal of registration of an aircraft under this chapter, an annual registration
             40      fee of 0.4% of the average wholesale value of the aircraft shall be paid.
             41          (b) For purposes of calculating the value of the aircraft under Subsection (2)(a) or
             42      (3)(d), the Tax Commission shall use the average wholesale value as stated in the Aircraft
             43      Bluebook Price Digest.
             44          (3) (a) [Notwithstanding Subsection (2),] An annual registration fee of $100 is imposed
             45      on the following aircraft [shall pay an annual registration fee of $100]:
             46          (i) an aircraft not listed in the Aircraft Bluebook Price Digest; [or]
             47          (ii) an experimental aircraft[.]; or
             48          (iii) a helicopter that is used:
             49          (A) exclusively by an entity that is exempt from federal income taxation under Section
             50      501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code, and exempt from property taxation under Title 59, Chapter
             51      2, Property Tax Act; and
             52          (B) for the emergency transportation of medical patients for at least 95% of its flight
             53      time.
             54          (b) [Notwithstanding Subsection (2), an] An annual registration fee is imposed on an
             55      aircraft 50 years or older [shall pay] equal to the lesser of:
             56          (i) $100; or
             57          (ii) the [uniform] annual registration fee provided for under Subsection (2)(a).
             58          (c) [Notwithstanding Subsection (2), an] An aircraft that does not have a valid

             59      airworthiness certificate for a period of six months or more:
             60          (i) may not apply for a certificate of registration required under Section 72-10-109 ; and
             61          (ii) is exempt from [paying a] an annual registration fee until the aircraft has a valid
             62      airworthiness certificate.
             63          (d) [Notwithstanding Subsection (2), an aircraft shall pay an] An annual registration
             64      fee of .25% of the average wholesale value of the aircraft [if] is imposed on an aircraft if the
             65      aircraft is:
             66          (i) used by an air charter service for air charter; and
             67          (ii) owned by a person other than the air charter service.
             68          (4) (a) The Tax Commission shall provide a registration card to an owner of an aircraft
             69      if:
             70          (i) the owner complies with the registration requirements of this section; and
             71          (ii) the owner of the aircraft states that the aircraft has a valid airworthiness certificate.
             72          (b) An owner of an aircraft shall carry the registration card in the registered aircraft.
             73          (5) The registration fees assessed under this chapter shall be collected by the Tax
             74      Commission to be distributed as provided in Subsection (6).
             75          (6) After deducting the costs of administering all aircraft registrations under this
             76      chapter, the Tax Commission shall deposit all remaining aircraft registration fees in the
             77      Aeronautics Restricted Account created by Section 72-2-126 .
             78          (7) Aircraft which are registered under this chapter for less than a full calendar year
             79      shall be charged a registration fee which is reduced in proportion to the fraction of the calendar
             80      year during which the aircraft is registered in this state.
             81          (8) (a) The Utah Division of Aeronautics shall maintain a statewide database of all
             82      aircraft based within the state.
             83          (b) On or before October 1 of each year, the Utah Division of Aeronautics shall
             84      provide the Tax Commission with the data the Tax Commission requires from the database
             85      described in Subsection (8)(a).
             86          (c) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             87      commission may by rule define the contents of the database described in Subsection (8)(a).
             88          (d) The Tax Commission shall annually provide the Utah Division of Aeronautics a list
             89      of all aircraft registered in this state.

             90          (9) The Tax Commission may suspend or revoke a registration if it determines that the
             91      required fee has not been paid and the fee is not paid upon reasonable notice and demand.
             92          Section 2. Effective date.
             93          This bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-17-11 2:01 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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