House Bill 2104


Section 2

This section modifies existing section 82.04.040. Here is the modified chapter for context.

  1. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, "sale" means any transfer of the ownership of, title to, or possession of property for a valuable consideration and includes any activity classified as a "sale at retail" or "retail sale" under RCW 82.04.050. It includes lease or rental, conditional sale contracts, and any contract under which possession of the property is given to the purchaser but title is retained by the vendor as security for the payment of the purchase price. It also includes the furnishing of food, drink, or meals for compensation whether consumed upon the premises or not. The term "sale" does not include the transfer of the ownership of, title to, or possession of:

    1. An animal by an animal rescue organization in exchange for the payment of an adoption fee; or

    2. An abandoned vehicle sold by a registered tow truck operator to a successful bidder at public auction or, if there is no successful bidder, to a licensed vehicle wrecker, hulk hauler, or scrap processor, as provided in RCW 46.55.130.

The successful bidder for an abandoned vehicle sold by the registered tow truck operator at the time of public auction conducted pursuant to RCW 46.55.130 shall pay the tax imposed by chapter 82.12 RCW on the use of an abandoned vehicle by any consumer to the registered tow truck operator. The registered tow truck operator is responsible for transmitting the tax to the department. The amount of the use tax is equal to the amount of the successful bid at auction multiplied by the amount of the sales tax for the jurisdiction in which the auction sale is conducted. No other sales tax or use tax is owed by the registered tow truck operator for the vehicle sold to a successful bidder at a public auction under RCW 46.55.130.

  1. "Casual or isolated sale" means a sale made by a person who is not engaged in the business of selling the type of property involved.

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    1. "Lease or rental" means any transfer of possession or control of tangible personal property for a fixed or indeterminate term for consideration. A lease or rental may include future options to purchase or extend. "Lease or rental" includes agreements covering motor vehicles and trailers where the amount of consideration may be increased or decreased by reference to the amount realized upon sale or disposition of the property as defined in 26 U.S.C. Sec. 7701(h)(1), as amended or renumbered as of January 1, 2003. The definition in this subsection (3) must be used for sales and use tax purposes regardless if a transaction is characterized as a lease or rental under generally accepted accounting principles, the United States internal revenue code, Washington state's commercial code, or other provisions of federal, state, or local law.

    2. "Lease or rental" does not include:

      1. A transfer of possession or control of property under a security agreement or deferred payment plan that requires the transfer of title upon completion of the required payments;

      2. A transfer of possession or control of property under an agreement that requires the transfer of title upon completion of required payments, and payment of an option price does not exceed the greater of one hundred dollars or one percent of the total required payments; or

      3. Providing tangible personal property along with an operator for a fixed or indeterminate period of time. A condition of this exclusion is that the operator is necessary for the tangible personal property to perform as designed. For the purpose of this subsection (3)(b)(iii), an operator must do more than maintain, inspect, or set up the tangible personal property.

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    1. "Adoption fee" means an amount charged by an animal rescue organization to adopt an animal, except that "adoption fee" does not include any separately itemized charge for any incidental inanimate items provided to persons adopting an animal, including food, identification tags, collars, and leashes.

    2. "Animal care and control agency" means the same as in RCW 16.52.011 and also includes any similar entity operating outside of this state.

    3. "Animal rescue group" means a nonprofit organization that:

      i.(A) Is exempt from federal income taxation under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c) of the federal internal revenue code as it exists on July 23, 2017; or

(B) Is registered as a charity with the Washington secretary of state under chapter 19.09 RCW, whether such registration is required by law or voluntary;

    ii. Has as its primary purpose the prevention of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, or homelessness of animals; and

    iii. Exclusively obtains dogs, cats, or other animals for placement that are:

(A) Stray or abandoned;

(B) Surrendered or relinquished by animal owners or caretakers;

(C) Transferred from other animal rescue organizations; or

(D) Born in the care of such nonprofit organization other than through intentional breeding by the nonprofit organization.

d. "Animal rescue organization" means an animal care and control agency or an animal rescue group.

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