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TITLE 34PUBLIC FINANCE
PART 1COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
CHAPTER 9PROPERTY TAX ADMINISTRATION
SUBCHAPTER CAPPRAISAL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
RULE §9.419Property Tax Exemption for Certain Leased Motor Vehicles

(a) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Lease--An agreement, other than a rental as defined by Tax Code, §152.001(5), whereby an owner of a motor vehicle gives exclusive use of the motor vehicle to another for consideration, for a period that is longer than 180 days.

  (2) Lessee--A person who enters into a lease for a specific motor vehicle.

  (3) Lessor-- The owner of a motor vehicle that is subject to a lease.

  (4) Lessee's Affidavit or Affidavit--A properly notarized sworn statement that a lessee or authorized representative of the lessee if the lessee is an entity described by Tax Code, §11.252(b) executes to attest that the lessee does not hold the leased motor vehicle for the production of income and the leased motor vehicle is used primarily for activities that do not involve the production of income.

  (5) Motor vehicle--A passenger car or truck with a shipping weight of 9,000 pounds or less.

  (6) Reasonable date and/or time--A time that is after 10:00 a.m. and before 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, unless the appraisal district and the lessor agree otherwise.

(b) The comptroller will make available forms that are adopted by reference in paragraph (1) of this subsection. Copies of the forms can be obtained from the Comptroller of Public Accounts' Property Tax Assistance Division.

  (1) The comptroller adopts by reference the following forms:

    (A) Lessee's Affidavit Motor Vehicle Use Other than Production of Income (Form 50-285); and

    (B) Lessor's Rendition or Property Report Leased Automobiles (Form 50-288).

  (2) A chief appraiser, lessee and lessor must use the comptroller's forms adopted by reference in paragraph (1) of this subsection, available from the Comptroller of Public Accounts Property Tax Assistance Division unless the form:

    (A) substantially complies with the corresponding comptroller form by using the same language in the same sequence as the comptroller form;

    (B) is an electronic version of a comptroller form and preserves the same language in the same sequence as the comptroller form; or

    (C) is a rendition form approved by the comptroller in writing before the form is used.

  (3) A lessor shall maintain the affidavit, an electronic image of the affidavit, or a certified copy of the affidavit and must produce the affidavit, electronic image of the affidavit, or certified copy of the affidavit to the chief appraiser for inspection or copying when requested, subject to the conditions of subsection (f)(1) of this section.

  (4) No provision in this section should be construed as limiting the chief appraiser's authority to enter into an agreement for electronic exchange of information under Tax Code, §1.085.

  (5) No provision in this section should be construed as limiting the ability to electronically execute a document according to the laws of the State of Texas.

(c) The Lessee's Affidavit for Motor Vehicle Use Other than Production of Income (Form 50-285) should be completed by lessees and the affidavit, electronic image of the lessee's affidavit, or certified copy of the lessee's affidavit should be maintained by lessors in connection with applying for the exemption available under Tax Code, §11.252.

  (1) For lessor to qualify for the exemption, the Lessee must not hold the motor vehicle for the production of income and the motor vehicle must be used primarily for activities that do not include the production of income.

  (2) A motor vehicle is presumed to be used primarily for activities that do not involve the production of income if:

    (A) 50% or more of the miles the motor vehicle is driven in a year are for non-income producing purposes;

    (B) the motor vehicle is leased to the State of Texas or a political subdivision of the State of Texas; or

    (C) the motor vehicle:

      (i) is leased to an organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under Internal Revenue Code, §501(a), as an organization described by Internal Revenue Code, §501(c)(3); and

      (ii) would be exempt from taxation if the vehicle were owned by the organization.

(d) The Lessor's Rendition or Property Report Leased Automobiles (Form 50-288) shall be used as the property report form required by Tax Code, §11.252(i) .

  (1) To meet the reporting requirements of Tax Code, §11.252(i), the lessor shall list each leased vehicle the lessor owns on January 1, regardless of whether the leased vehicle qualifies for an exemption under Tax Code, §11.252, and provide the following:

    (A) the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number for each leased vehicle;

    (B) the name of the lessee and address at which the leased vehicle is kept;

    (C) whether the lessee has designated the leased vehicle as not held for the production of income and used primarily for activities that do not involve the production of income; and

    (D) whether the lessor maintains a lessee's affidavit, electronic image of the lessee's affidavit, or a certified copy of the lessee's affidavit for the leased vehicle.

  (2) To meet the reporting requirements of Tax Code, §11.252(j), the Lessor shall provide the form to the chief appraiser in the manner provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 22, Tax Code.

(e) To apply for the exemption allowed under Tax Code, §11.252(a), the lessor shall submit a fully completed and properly executed Lessor's Exemption Application Motor Vehicles Leased for Use Other than Production of Income (Form 50-286) to the chief appraiser pursuant to Tax Code, §11.43 and §11.45, and indicate at the appropriate space on the form that the lessor is applying for the exemption allowed under Tax Code, §11.252(a) for each qualifying leased vehicle.

(f) A chief appraiser may inspect and/or obtain copies of lessees' affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits that the lessor maintains. Unless agreed to otherwise, a lessor and a chief appraiser shall use the following procedures when the chief appraiser proposes to inspect and/or copy lessees' affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits on leased motor vehicles for which the lessor seeks an exemption.

  (1) No less than 10 days prior to the inspection, the chief appraiser shall provide the lessor with notice of the chief appraiser's intention to inspect and/or copy the lessees' affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits in the lessor's possession or control. The notice must state a reasonable time when the chief appraiser proposes to inspect and/or copy the lessees' affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits and shall identify the affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits that will be subject to inspection and/or copy.

  (2) If the proposed date or time is not convenient, then the lessor may propose an alternate reasonable date or time by notifying the chief appraiser in writing.

  (3) The lessor shall provide the chief appraiser with reasonable accommodations to inspect and/or copy any of the lessees' affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits or shall permit the chief appraiser to take the affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits off premises for a period of no less than 48 hours to inspect and/or copy.

  (4) If the lessor is located more than 150 miles from the appraisal district's office, then the chief appraiser may submit a written request that the lessor deliver the identified lessees' affidavits, electronic images of the affidavits, or certified copies of the affidavits to the chief appraiser for at least 14 days for inspection and copying. The chief appraiser and the lessor may determine who should bear the costs of delivery and copying if any.

(g) The comptroller-prescribed exemption application form (Lessor's Exemption Application Motor Vehicles Leased for Use Other than Production of Income (Form 50-286) is not adopted by reference herein and may be revised at the discretion of the comptroller. Current forms can be obtained from the Comptroller of Public Accounts' Property Tax Assistance Division.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.419 adopted to be effective March 21, 2002, 27 TexReg 2055; amended to be effective March 25, 2004, 29 TexReg 2922; amended to be effective March 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 2033; amended to be effective October 10, 2010, 35 TexReg 9107; amended to be effective June 21, 2021, 46 TexReg 3736

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