2000 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Compretta
House Bill 742
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 27-19-17, 27-19-141 AND 27-19-153, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF PERMANENT LICENSE PLATES FOR TRAILERS AND SEMITRAILERS USED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE; TO PRESCRIBE A FEE FOR SUCH LICENSE PLATES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 27-19-17, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-19-17. (1) In all cases where a trailer or semitrailer is used for the transportation of property, either as a common carrier, contract carrier, private commercial carrier, private carrier, or otherwise, and is operated in conjunction with, and is drawn by a tractor, or other motor vehicle, the tax upon such motor vehicle, truck tractor or road tractor shall be calculated and levied on the maximum gross weight of such vehicle, and the tax to be levied upon the operator thereof upon each motor vehicle, truck tractor or road tractor drawing a semitrailer or trailer shall be computed in accordance with the foregoing schedules in the proper classification. In such cases, however, the gross weight of the trailer or semitrailer shall be combined with the gross weight of the truck tractor, road tractor or other motor vehicle, and the total gross weight of both vehicles counted as one (1) unit shall be used in determining the tax to be paid under this article. Provided, however, that no tax shall be levied upon any trailer or any farm tractor using the highways solely in hauling or transporting farm products of the soil from the farm to the gin or market, or transporting fertilizer or feed to the farm, where the gross weight does not exceed eight thousand (8,000) pounds, and where the title to such products is still in the producer thereof.
(2) (a) On each trailer, semitrailer, house trailer, house semitrailer, travel trailer, rental trailer or rental semitrailer used with or drawn by any motor vehicle upon the highways of this state, except trailers and semitrailers used in interstate commerce, there is hereby levied an annual highway privilege tax of Ten Dollars ($10.00).
(b) In lieu of the annual highway privilege tax and registration fees levied under the laws of this state, a special license tax fee shall be levied on the operation of trailers and semitrailers, as defined by Section 27-19-3, which travel in interstate commerce. The fee shall be Sixty-five Dollars ($65.00) and shall be issued on a permanent basis without renewal.
Upon receipt of an application for a trailer license plate on a form prescribed by the commission, and upon payment of the fee prescribed, the applicant may be issued a trailer license plate on a permanent basis. The license plate shall bear no date but shall bear the inscription "TRAILER." The certificate of registration and registration plate issued for a specific vehicle shall continue valid for the duration of the owner's interest in the vehicle. If title is transferred, the owner must surrender the license plate. No registration for trailers or semitrailers may be transferred for any reason and a new registration must be acquired for additional trailers. No credit may be allowed upon surrender of the license plate.
(3) Before issuing a license for any trailer or semitrailer, the owner thereof shall furnish the commission a serial number for such trailer or semitrailer, and if the same does not bear a serial number, then the commission shall assign to the owner a serial number, to be placed on such trailer or semitrailer. Said serial number shall be stamped or printed on such trailer or semitrailer at some convenient and accessible location and shall be used in making application for and issuing the privilege license for such trailer or semitrailer.
(4) No tax shall be imposed on the wagons or trailers, or the tractors drawing same, of circuses, carnivals, fairs and other shows using municipal streets or public highways, when such wagons or trailers are shipped into the State of Mississippi by railroad, and use such streets and highways only in transporting such trailers, or wagons from the railroad to be placed where such circus, carnival, fair or other show is to be held or staged, and in returning such trailers and wagons from such place to the railroad for reloading.
SECTION 2. Section 27-19-141, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-19-141. In case any person, other than a dealer or agent, shall sell, assign or transfer any vehicle to another person, the person acquiring such vehicle shall register the vehicle with the county tax collector of his residence or the State Tax Commission within seven (7) working days after such sale, assignment or transfer and pay the annual privilege license taxes. The seller or transferor shall remove the license plate from the vehicle and retain same. Such license plate must be surrendered to the issuing authority with the corresponding tax receipt if required, and credit shall be allowed for the taxes paid for the remaining tax year on like privilege or ad valorem taxes due on another vehicle owned by the seller or transferor, or by the seller's or transferor's spouse or dependent child. However, no credit may be allowed on the special license tax fees charged for permanent trailer license plates. Privilege taxes on vehicles registered in excess of ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross vehicle weight, apportioned vehicles, rental and commercial trailers and buses, other than trailers and semitrailers used in interstate commerce, shall be considered like taxes only for vehicles registered in excess of ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross vehicle weight, apportioned vehicles, rental and commercial trailers and buses. Privilege or ad valorem taxes on vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or less shall be considered like taxes only for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or less. If the seller or transferor does not elect to receive such credit at the time the license plate is surrendered, the issuing authority shall issue a certificate of credit to the seller or transferor, or to the seller's or transferor's spouse or dependent child, or to any other person, business or corporation, at the direction of the seller or transferor, for the remaining unexpired taxes prorated from the first day of the month following the month in which the license plate is surrendered. Any credit allowed for taxes due or any certificate of credit issued may be applied to like taxes owed in any county by the person to whom the credit is allowed or by the person possessing the certificate of credit. No credit, however, shall be allowed on the charge made for registration fees and any tag fees. Such license plates surrendered to the tax collector shall be retained by him, and in no event shall such license plate be attached to any motor vehicle after being surrendered to the tax collector, nor shall any license plate be transferred from one (1) motor vehicle to any other motor vehicle. Certificates of credit shall be designed and furnished by the commissioner.
SECTION 3. Section 27-19-153, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-19-153. Whenever any vehicle in excess of ten thousand (10,000) pounds, gross vehicle weight, apportioned vehicles, rental and commercial trailers and buses, other than trailers and semitrailers used in interstate commerce, which have been registered and the annual tax paid thereon shall be sold or transferred, the purchaser or transferee thereof shall not be liable for any further or additional tax for the period of time covered by the original privilege license unless the original license is surrendered and a replacement license issued therefor under the provisions of Section 27-19-71 of this article, or unless there be some change in the classification or gross weight of such vehicle.
Provided, however, when any vehicle which has been registered by the State of Mississippi or any county or city, levee district, school or drainage district, or any other political subdivision thereof, shall be sold or transferred, the person selling the vehicle for the state or political subdivision thereof shall remove the license tag which was issued to the state or political subdivision thereof for the vehicle being sold, and the purchaser or transferee thereof shall have five (5) full working days, exclusive of the date of delivery, within which to register the vehicle in the proper classification and gross weight bracket and shall pay the privilege license tax required for the vehicle. Any purchaser or transferee failing or refusing to register a vehicle acquired from the state or political subdivision thereof shall be liable for the full annual privilege license tax, plus a penalty thereon as provided in Section 27-19-63.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2000.