An Act To Improve Camping Opportunities in Maine
Sec. 1. 23 MRSA §1912-C, sub-§5, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 549, §3, is amended to read:
(1) Contain a beach or lake access that is open to the public, allows swimming for all ages, provides parking for more than 100 vehicles, has rest rooms on or adjacent to the beach or lake access and, with respect to a beach, maintains lifeguards on duty during July and August;
(2) Contain a ski area open to the public that:
(a) Has a minimum vertical drop of 1,000 feet with 40 or more maintained trails; or
(b) Is within 10 miles of the exit, has a minimum vertical drop of 200 feet with 10 or more maintained trails and has an aerial lift servicing groomed trails; or
(3) Have generated at least 1% of the State's total sales subject to the taxes under Title 36, section 1811 on the value of liquor sold in licensed establishments as defined in Title 28-A, section 2, subsection 15, prepared food and rental of living quarters in any hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp campground over the previous 3 years and must offer recreational opportunities of sufficient traffic significance to warrant signs in accordance with criteria developed by the signing agency;
Sec. 2. 36 MRSA §1752, sub-§1-I is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 36 MRSA §1752, sub-§17-B, as amended by PL 2013, c. 156, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 36 MRSA §1752, sub-§19 is repealed.
Sec. 5. 36 MRSA §1752, sub-§20, as amended by PL 2007, c. 627, §44, is repealed.
Sec. 6. 36 MRSA §1754-B, sub-§1, ¶F, as amended by PL 2005, c. 218, §19, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 36 MRSA §1760, sub-§20, as amended by PL 2007, c. 438, §37, is repealed.
Sec. 8. 36 MRSA §1760, sub-§20-A is enacted to read:
(1) The person does not maintain a primary residence at some other location; or
(2) The person is residing away from that person's primary residence in connection with employment or education; or
Tax paid by such a person to the retailer under section 1812 during the initial 28-day period must be refunded by the retailer. If the tax has been reported and paid to the State by the retailer, it may be taken as a credit by the retailer on the return filed by the retailer covering the month in which the refund was made to the tenant.
Sec. 9. 36 MRSA §1760, sub-§96 is enacted to read:
Sec. 10. 36 MRSA §1764, as amended by PL 2013, c. 331, Pt. C, §9, is further amended to read:
§ 1764. Tax against certain casual sales
The tax imposed by this Part must be levied upon all casual rentals of living quarters in a hotel, rooming house , tourist camp or trailer camp or campground and upon all casual sales involving the sale of trailers, truck campers, motor vehicles, special mobile equipment, watercraft or aircraft unless the property is sold for resale at retail sale or to a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or limited liability partnership when the seller is the owner of 50% or more of the common stock of the corporation or of the ownership interests in the partnership, limited liability company or limited liability partnership. This section does not apply to the rental of living quarters rented for a total of fewer than 15 days in the calendar year, except that a person who owns and offers for rental more than one property in the State during the calendar year is liable for collecting sales tax with respect to the rental of each unit regardless of the number of days for which it is rented. For purposes of this section, "special mobile equipment" does not include farm tractors and lumber harvesting vehicles or loaders.
Sec. 11. 36 MRSA §1811, first ¶, as repealed and replaced by PL 2013, c. 588, Pt. E, §11, is amended to read:
A tax is imposed on the value of all tangible personal property, products transferred electronically and taxable services sold at retail in this State. The rate of tax is 7% on the value of liquor sold in licensed establishments as defined in Title 28-A, section 2, subsection 15, in accordance with Title 28-A, chapter 43; 7% on the value of rental of living quarters in any hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp campground; 10% on the value of rental for a period of less than one year of an automobile, of a pickup truck or van with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds rented from a person primarily engaged in the business of renting automobiles or of a loaner vehicle that is provided other than to a motor vehicle dealer's service customers pursuant to a manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty; 7% on the value of prepared food; and 5% on the value of all other tangible personal property and taxable services and products transferred electronically. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, from October 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015, the rate of tax is 8% on the value of rental of living quarters in any hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp; 8% on the value of prepared food; 8% on the value of liquor sold in licensed establishments as defined in Title 28-A, section 2, subsection 15, in accordance with Title 28-A, chapter 43; and 5.5% on the value of all other tangible personal property and taxable services and products transferred electronically. Value is measured by the sale price, except as otherwise provided. The value of rental for a period of less than one year of an automobile or of a pickup truck or van with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds rented from a person primarily engaged in the business of renting automobiles is the total rental charged to the lessee and includes, but is not limited to, maintenance and service contracts, drop-off or pick-up fees, airport surcharges, mileage fees and any separately itemized charges on the rental agreement to recover the owner’s estimated costs of the charges imposed by government authority for title fees, inspection fees, local excise tax and agent fees on all vehicles in its rental fleet registered in the State. All fees must be disclosed when an estimated quote is provided to the lessee.
Sec. 12. Effective date. This Act takes effect October 1, 2015.
This bill repeals the definitions of "tourist camp" and "trailer camp" and replaces those terms with the term "campground" in the Sales and Use Tax Law. This bill exempts from sales and use tax rental fees charged to a person who resides for 28 days or longer at one campground. This bill also exempts from the sales and use tax the rental of a campsite as long as nothing else of value is given by the owner of that campsite to the renter.