Senator Curtis S. Bramble proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Jon E. Stanard

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies the privilege tax statute.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     describes "exclusive possession" as it relates to a privilege tax; and
13          ▸     makes technical changes.
14     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15          None
16     Other Special Clauses:
17          This bill provides for retrospective operation.
18     Utah Code Sections Affected:
19     AMENDS:
20          59-4-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 199

22     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          Section 1. Section 59-4-101 is amended to read:
24          59-4-101. Tax basis -- Exceptions -- Assessment and collection.
25          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (1)(b) [and], (1)(c), and (3), a tax is imposed

26     on the possession or other beneficial use enjoyed by any person of any real or personal property
27     [which] that is exempt for any reason [is exempt] from taxation, if that property is used in
28     connection with a business conducted for profit.
29          (b) Any interest remaining in the state in state lands after subtracting amounts paid or
30     due in part payment of the purchase price as provided in Subsection 59-2-1103(2)(b)(i) under a
31     contract of sale is subject to taxation under this chapter regardless of whether the property is
32     used in connection with a business conducted for profit.
33          (c) The tax imposed under Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to property exempt from
34     taxation under Section 59-2-1114.
35          (2) (a) The tax imposed under this chapter is the same amount that the ad valorem
36     property tax would be if the possessor or user were the owner of the property.
37          (b) The amount of any payments [which] that are made in lieu of taxes is credited
38     against the tax imposed on the beneficial use of property owned by the federal government.
39          (3) A tax is not imposed under this chapter on the following:
40          (a) the use of property [which] that is a concession in, or relative to, the use of a public
41     airport, park, fairground, or similar property [which] that is available as a matter of right to the
42     use of the general public;
43          (b) the use or possession of property by a religious, educational, or charitable
44     organization;
45          (c) the use or possession of property if the revenue generated by the possessor or user
46     of the property through its possession or use of the property inures only to the benefit of a
47     religious, educational, or charitable organization and not to the benefit of any other person;
48          (d) the possession or other beneficial use of public land occupied under the terms of an
49     agricultural lease or permit issued by the United States or this state;
50          (e) the use or possession of any lease, permit, or easement unless the lease, permit, or
51     easement entitles the lessee or permittee to exclusive possession of the premises to which the
52     lease, permit, or easement relates[. Every lessee, permittee, or other holder of a right to remove
53     or extract the mineral covered by the holder's lease, right, permit, or easement except from
54     brines of the Great Salt Lake, is considered to be in possession of the premises,
55     notwithstanding the fact that other parties may have a similar right to remove or extract another
56     mineral from the same lands or estates];

57          (f) the use or possession of property by a public agency, as defined in Section
58     11-13-103, to the extent that the ownership interest of the public agency in that property is
59     subject to a fee in lieu of ad valorem property tax under Section 11-13-302; or
60          (g) the possession or beneficial use of public property as a tollway by a private entity
61     through a tollway development agreement as defined in Section 72-6-202.
62          (4) For purposes of Subsection (3)(e):
63          (a) every lessee, permittee, or other holder of a right to remove or extract the mineral
64     covered by the holder's lease, right permit, or easement, except from brines of the Great Salt
65     Lake, is considered to be in possession of the premises, regardless of whether another party has
66     a similar right to remove or extract another mineral from the same property; and
67          (b) a lessee, permittee, or holder of an easement still has exclusive possession of the
68     premises if the owner has the right to enter the premises, approve leasehold improvements, or
69     inspect the premises.
70          [(4)] (5) A tax imposed under this chapter is assessed to the possessors or users of the
71     property on the same forms, and collected and distributed at the same time and in the same
72     manner, as taxes assessed owners, possessors, or other claimants of property [which] that is
73     subject to ad valorem property taxation. The tax is not a lien against the property, and no
74     tax-exempt property may be attached, encumbered, sold, or otherwise affected for the
75     collection of the tax.
76          [(5)] (6) Sections 59-2-301.1 through 59-2-301.7 apply for purposes of assessing a tax
77     under this chapter.
78          Section 2. Retrospective operation.
79          This bill has retrospective operation to January 1, 2015.