An Act To Reform Telecommunications Taxation
Sec. 1. 36 MRSA §457, as amended by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. P, §1 and affected by §3, is further amended to read:
§ 457. State telecommunications excise tax
Sec. 2. 36 MRSA §458, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 507, §1, is amended to read:
§ 458. Continuation of exemption
Telecommunications personal property Qualified telecommunications equipment subject to taxation under this chapter shall continue must be assessed through application of a state excise tax in lieu of a state property tax and continues to be exempt from ordinary local property taxation as formerly provided under section 2696. It is the intent of the Legislature that this section not be considered a new property tax exemption requiring state reimbursement under the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 23.
Sec. 3. Rules. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services shall adopt routine technical rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to implement the provisions of this Act. In developing rules, the bureau must include provisions for reporting the location of the qualified telecommunications equipment, which include a method for allowing a telecommunications business to apportion the values of distribution facilities among municipalities. The bureau shall establish a method of valuing qualified telecommunications equipment and procedures for the declaration of value of the qualified telecommunications equipment established in Title 36, Part 2 consistent with methods in place on January 1, 2011. In establishing a method of valuing qualified telecommunications equipment, the bureau may develop average age and depreciation formulas for classes of equipment.
Sec. 4. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, chapter 103, subchapter 2, in the subchapter headnote, the words "assessment of state property taxes" are amended to read "assessment of state property and excise taxes" and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.