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2013 Rule Review

            Pursuant to section 207 of the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) the Department of Taxation and Finance intends to review the following rules during 2013, and invites written comments on the continuation or modification of these rules in order to assist the Department in the required review. We will consider comments that are received by February 19, 2013.   Any questions concerning the items listed in this rule review or comments regarding the continuation of the rules being reviewed should be referred to: Office of Counsel, Department of Taxation and Finance, W.A. Harriman Campus, Building 9, Room 200, Albany, New York 12227. Telephone: (518) 530-4153, Email address: tax.regulations@tax.ny.gov.


Agenda Items


RULES ADOPTED IN 2008

  • TAF-10-08-00004-A   Supplemental Schedule for Distributors of Tobacco Products to Account for Roll-Your Own Cigarette Tobacco in New York State
     
    This rule added section 89.4 to Title 20 NYCRR of the Tobacco Products Tax Regulations to codify in regulation the reporting requirements for distributors of tobacco products that import, cause to be imported, or manufacture roll-your-own cigarette tobacco to file a schedule to account for any roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette tobacco imported or caused to be imported into New York State, or manufactured in New York State. Analysis of the need for the rule:  New York State's Public Health Law Article 13-G constitutes the State's "Qualifying Statute" under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).  It provides that each tobacco product manufacturer selling cigarettes or RYO cigarette tobacco in New York must either: (a) join the MSA and make the annual payments required by that agreement; or (b) make annual escrow deposits based upon the amount of its products sold each year in New York.  Chapter 272 of the Laws of 2006 amended the Public Health Law in relation to enforcement of the MSA to require non-participating manufacturers to include RYO cigarette tobacco in determining their annual escrow payments.  This rule required tobacco distributors to complete a schedule reporting information on roll-your-own cigarette tobacco manufactured in the State or imported into the State to assist in the enforcement of the Public Health Law. The notice of proposed rule making included a regulatory flexibility analysis and a rural area flexibility analysis. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law sections 171, subds. First and Fourteenth and 475 (not subdivided); Public Health Law, section 1399-oo, subdivision (10). 

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  • TAF-24-08-00006-A   Increased Rate of Excise Tax on Cigarettes
     
    This rule amended sections 70.1, 80.2 and Parts 74 and 82; renumbered section 79.3 to section 79.4; and added new section 79.3 to Title 20 NYCRR of the Cigarette Tax Regulations  to reflect the statutory increase in the rate of New York State cigarette excise tax that was effective on June 3, 2008. Analysis of the need for the rule:  Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2008, Part RR-1, amended Article 20 of the Tax Law to increase the tax on cigarettes effective June 3, 2008.  Part RR-1 also required all agents, wholesale dealers and retail dealers to pay the tax increase on cigarettes possessed and tax stamps in inventory as of the close of business June 2, 2008.   The rule made necessary regulatory changes to implement the statutory provisions and to set the commissions allowable to cigarette agents for affixing cigarette stamps relating to the new rate of tax.  The rule also updated the calculation of the basic cost of cigarettes and made other technical updates. The notice of proposed rule making included a regulatory flexibility analysis and a rural area flexibility analysis. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law sections 171, subd. First; 475 (not subdivided); 1142(1), 1250 (not subdivided); and L. 2008, ch 57, part RR-1, section 4. 

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  • TAF-37-08-00005-A   Sales Tax Re-Registration of Show and Entertainment Vendors and Other Persons
     
    This rule amended Parts 533, 539, and 540 of Title 20 NYCRR of the Sales and Use Taxes Regulations to streamline the sales tax re-registration process for show and entertainment vendors and other persons. Analysis of the need for the rule:  Part LL-1 of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2008 directed the Department to institute a sales tax re-registration program under which registered persons were required to file new certificates of registration (renewal) and obtain new certificates of authority to collect sales tax.  The rule was part of the Department's plan to streamline the sales tax re-registration process by eliminating the special certificate of authority and its specified annual term that was applicable only to show and entertainment vendors. Prior to the rule, this "Certificate of Authority for Show and Entertainment Vendors" was automatically reissued by the Department at the end of each calendar year provided the vendor had no sales tax delinquencies.  The rule allows the Department to conform the process by which show and entertainment vendors' certificates of authority are renewed to the process applicable to other registered persons.  Additionally, the rule contains clarifying, technical, and conforming amendments in conjunction with this change and with Part LL-1 of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2008. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; 1134(a)(2) and (5); 1142(1) and (8); 1250 (not subdivided); and part LL-1 of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2008. 

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  • TAF-42-08-00016-A   Definition of Resident for Personal Income Tax
     
    This rule amended section 105.20(e)(1) of Title 20 NYCRR of the Personal Income Tax Regulations to remove provisions of the regulations providing for a "temporary stay" exception from the definition of permanent place of abode for purposes of determining whether an individual is a resident for personal income tax purposes. Analysis of the need for the rule: The elimination of the temporary stay exception from the definition of permanent place of abode provided taxpayers and the Department with more clear rules for assessing residency status for New York State personal income tax purposes.  Prior to the rule, a place of abode would not be considered permanent if it was maintained only during a temporary stay, or ‘‘fixed and limited period,'' for the accomplishment of a ‘‘particular purpose.'' The temporary stay concept does not appear in the statute, and was difficult to apply for both taxpayers and the Department. The notice of proposed rule making included a regulatory flexibility analysis and a rural area flexibility analysis. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; 697(a) and 605(b)(1). 

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  • TAF-44-08-00016-A   Taxable Sales by Certain Exempt Organizations
     
    This rule amended sections 526.10, 529.7, 529.8, and 529.9 of Title 20 NYCRR of the Sales and Use Taxes Regulations to provide rules regarding sales tax on sales, including auction sales, by certain exempt organizations. Analysis of the need for the rule:  Part KK-1 of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2008 amended Section 1116(b)(1) of the Tax Law to expand the existing "shop or store" provision so that certain additional sales of tangible personal property and services are subject to sales tax when sold by certain organizations that are otherwise exempt from sales tax.  The rule reflected the additional sales made taxable by Part KK-1, which include remote sales (e.g., sales over the Internet) of tangible personal property and certain services if made with a degree of regularity, frequency, and continuity.  Because this legislation applies to remote auction sales, the rule also provided guidance regarding when both remote and traditional auction sales are considered to be made with a degree of regularity, frequency, and continuity. The notice of proposed rule making included a regulatory flexibility analysis and a rural area flexibility analysis. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; 1116(b)(1); 1142(1) and (8); 1250 (not subdivided); and L.2008, ch.57, part KK-1. 

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  • RPS-16-08-00006-A   Annual Charges to Railroad Companies
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  The rule restored the process of establishing annual charges that was unintentionally deleted in a prior rule making. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l), 489-q, and 489-nn; and State Finance Law, section 97-jj. 

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RULES ADOPTED IN 2003

  • RPS-49-02-00014-A   Reimbursement of Local Officials
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  The rule provided a process for the equitable distribution of the available funds. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l), 318, and 1530; and L. 2002, ch. 53. 

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RULES ADOPTED IN 1998

  • TAF-49-97-00004-A   Stock Transfer Tax - Formerly Subchapter G of Chapter III
     
    This rule amended Subchapter G of Chapter I of Title 20 NYCRR to simplify and update the Stock Transfer Tax Regulations. Analysis of the need for the rule:   This rule removed outdated information, and consolidated and summarized the language.  The rule also provided for an alternative means for brokers to submit daily reports to a clearing corporation and provided for the manner in which they could certify such records.  In addition, the rule addressed the rebate of the stock transfer tax provided for in section 280-a of the Tax Law. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law section 171, subd. First. 

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  • TAF-01-98-00007-A   Action for Failure to Release a Lien
     
    This rule added Part 2400 to the Title 20 NYCRR Procedural Regulations to provide taxpayers with guidance relating to actions for failure to release a lien. Analysis of the need for the rule: This rule implemented provisions of Chapter 577 of the Laws of 1997 and provides taxpayers with guidance on administrative review of a "notice of failure to release a lien". The rule also provides for the type of bond or other security which is acceptable to effectuate a release of lien. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal Basis for the rule: Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; and 3032(a) and (d), and section 56(j) of Chapter 577 of the Laws of 1997. 

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  • TAF-07-98-00003-A   Application of Sales Tax Exemption to Marshmallows
     
    This rule amended section 528.2(a) of Title 20 NYCRR of the Sales and Use Taxes Regulations to delete regulatory inconsistency in the imposition of sales tax on receipts from the sales of marshmallows and marshmallow bits. Analysis of the need for the rule:  Prior to the rule, large marshmallows were considered to be candy and confectionary and were, consequently, subject to sales tax.  At the same time, marshmallow bits were considered to be food used in cooking and baking and were, therefore, exempt from tax.  The rule allowed marshmallows to be treated consistently as exempt from sales tax. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; 1142(1); and 1250 (not subdivided). 

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  • TAF-17-98-00004-A   Credit Line Mortgage
     
    This rule amended Part 647 of Title 20 NYCRR to reflect the statutory change that extended favorable tax treatment afforded certain residential credit line mortgages to all credit line mortgages securing a maximum principal indebtedness of less than $3 million. Analysis of the need for the rule:  Prior to statutory changes made by Chapters 489 and 490 of the Laws of 1996, when a credit line mortgage of real property principally improved or to be improved by a one-to six-family owner-occupied residence or dwelling ("residential credit line mortgage") was recorded, the mortgage recording tax was computed and paid based on the maximum principal amount secured by the mortgage.  No further tax was payable on the recording or the filing of instruments evidencing advances or readvances by the lender to the borrower under a residential credit line mortgage.  The rule reflected the department's interpretation of the statutory amendments and provided for the aggregation of certain related mortgages so the $3 million limitation could not be easily circumvented. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; 253-b(3); and 263(1)(a). 

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  • TAF-19-98-00002-A   Taxpayers Affected by Declared Disasters
     
    This rule added Part 2401 to Title 20 NYCRR of the Procedural Regulations to provide relief for taxpayers affected by declared disasters by extending tax deadlines.  It also provides a determination of taxpayers affected by declared disasters. Analysis of the need for rule:  The rule implements the provisions of Chapter 8 of the Laws of 1998 that authorize the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to postpone certain tax deadlines for a period up to 90 days, without imposition of penalty and interest, for taxpayers determined to be affected by a disaster declared by the President or the Governor. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, section 171, subds. First and Twenty-eighth. 

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  • TAF-32-98-00004-A   Social and Athletic Clubs
     
    This rule amended Example 29 of section 527.11(b)(7) of Title 20 NYCRR of the Sales and Use Taxes Regulations to eliminate the reference to fishing and hunting clubs as examples of athletic clubs whose dues and initiation fees are subject to sales tax, and to qualify the reference to boating clubs subject to such tax. Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule was necessary to conform the regulations to current interpretation of statutory provisions concerning the taxation of dues and initiation fees paid to athletic clubs.  In general, these dues and initiation fees are subject to sales tax under Section 1105(f)(2) of the Tax Law.  This rule reflected a prior change in Department policy that dues and initiation fees paid to fishing and hunting clubs are no longer subject to sales tax.  The rule also qualified the nature of boating clubs that are considered to be athletic clubs, i.e., those boating clubs devoted to sports and athletic activities.  This was necessary to clarify that not all boating clubs fall within the purview of Section 1105(f)(2) of the Tax Law as taxable athletic clubs. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Tax Law, sections 171, subd. First; 1142(1); and 1250 (not subdivided). 

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  • RPS-29-98-00008-A   General Administration
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:
      This rule simplified provisions of Part 185 relating to general administrative provisions of rules. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, section 202(1)(l); Public Officers Law, sections 87(1)(b), 94(2), and (1)(i); Environmental Conservation Law, sections 8-0113(3); and State Administrative Procedure Act , section 204. 

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  • RPS-29-98-00009-A   Equalization Products
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule simplified provisions of Part 186 relating to equalization products established by the office. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, arts. 8, 12, 18, and 19; sections 202(1)(l), 1314, and 1315. 

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  • RPS-29-98-00010-A   Minimum Qualifications Standards, Training and Certification of Local Assessment Administration Personnel
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:
      This rule simplified provisions of Part 188 relating to qualifications, training and certification of assessors and other local assessment and administration personnel. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l), 310, 312, 318, 320, 322, 1530, and 1532. 

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  • RPS-29-98-00011-A   Preparation and Maintenance of Tax Maps for Real Property Tax Administration
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:
      This rule simplified provisions of Part 189 relating to tax maps for use in real property tax administration. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l) and 503(1)(b). 

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  • RPS-29-98-00012-A   Requirements for Form and Preparation of Local Assessment Rolls
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:
      This rule simplified provisions of Part 190 relating to assessment rolls. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l) and 504(1). 

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  • RPS-29-98-00013-A   Real Property Transfers
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule: 
    This rule simplified provisions of Part 191 relating to real property transfer reports. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202, 574, 738, and 1570; and Real Property Law. section 333. 

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  • RPS-29-98-00014-A   Assessors' Reports to the State Board of Real Property Services
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:
      This rule simplified provisions of Part 193 relating to filing and content of assessors' reports. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202 and 575. 

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  • RPS-32-98-00007-A   Advisory Appraisals
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule simplified provisions of Part 195 relating to advisory appraisals. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l), 1536, 1544, 1546, and 1548. 

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  • RPS-32-98-00008-A   Revisions of Provisions Concerning Assessment of Oil and Gas Economic Unit
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule simplified provisions relating to assessment of oil and gas economic unit. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202 and 592. 

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  • RPS-32-98-00009-A   Establishment of Assessments and Full Values of Special Franchises
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule simplified provisions relating to establishment of special franchise assessments and full values. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, section 202(1)(l), and art. 6. 

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  • RPS-32-98-00010-A   Taxation of State Lands
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule simplified provisions of Part 199 relating to taxation of State lands. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, section 202(1)(l). 

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  • RPS-32-98-00011-A   Establishment of Railroad Ceilings
     
    Analysis of the need for the rule:  This rule simplified provisions relating to railroad ceilings. The notice of proposed rule making did not include a regulatory flexibility analysis, a rural area flexibility analysis, or a job impact statement. Legal basis for the rule:  Real Property Tax Law, sections 202(1)(l), (m), 489-q, and 489-nn. 

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