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TITLE 34PUBLIC FINANCE
PART 1COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
CHAPTER 3TAX ADMINISTRATION
SUBCHAPTER JPETROLEUM PRODUCTS DELIVERY FEE
RULE §3.151Imposition, Collection, and Bonds or Other Security of the Fee

(a) The Texas Petroleum Products Delivery Fee is imposed, collected, and paid to the state by operators of bulk facilities. The fee is assessed when petroleum products are withdrawn from the bulk facility and delivered into a cargo tank or barge or imported into this state in a cargo tank or barge for delivery to another location for distribution or sale. The fee is not assessed when the fuel is destined for delivery to another bulk facility, an electrical generating plant, a common carrier railroad for its exclusive use, or is to be exported from the state prior to being placed into intermediate storage tanks.

(b) For the purposes of this section, withdrawals from a bulk facility into a cargo tank or barge are not subject to the fee when the entire withdrawal is delivered into the fuel supply tanks of vessels or boats prior to being placed into intermediate storage tanks.

(c) The fee is collected by the operator of a bulk facility from the person ordering the withdrawal. The fee is set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality subject to Water Code, §26.3574(b-1).

(d) In determining the amount of fee due for motor gasoline, other alcohol blended fuels, and aviation gasoline, each net temperature corrected withdrawal of 7,000 gallons or more but less than 10,000 gallons shall be presumed to have been a delivery into a cargo tank having a capacity of 8,000 gallons or more but less than 10,000 gallons.

(e) In determining the amount of fee due on all withdrawals not covered by subsection (d) of this section, it shall be presumed that the capacity of the cargo tank or barge is equal to the total net temperature corrected quantity of product withdrawn.

(f) For the purposes of this section, a bulk facility is a refinery terminal or any other terminal or facility which receives petroleum products by pipeline, rail, or barge, and delivers the products into a cargo tank or barge.

(g) For the purposes of this section, the operator of a bulk facility is the person who first invoices petroleum products withdrawn from the facility. An exchange statement is not considered an invoice.

(h) For the purposes of this section, an electrical generating facility is a plant operated for the primary purpose of generating electricity for sale to consumers.

(i) Persons exempt from the petroleum products delivery fee, including persons operating barges who make withdrawals from a permitted bulk facility for delivery into the fuel supply tanks of vessels or boats prior to intermediate storage, shall request in writing a letter of exemption from the comptroller. The letter of exemption issued by the comptroller, or a copy, must be furnished to the seller each time purchases exempt from the petroleum products delivery fee are made.

(j) If the person making the sale to the exempt purchaser does not hold a petroleum products delivery fee permit, the purchaser must also furnish to the seller a statement listing the date of purchase, number of gallons purchased per delivery, and destination of the product. For the seller to receive credit for exempt sales, this documentation must be presented to the permitted bulk facility from which the product was purchased.

(k) As an alternative to subsection (j) of this section, an exempt purchaser may elect to seek refund directly from the comptroller. When an exempt purchaser elects to use this option, the purchaser must use this option with the vendor for all petroleum products purchased during the refund claim period for which the fee has been paid. The exempt purchaser must furnish to the comptroller:

  (1) a letter declaring that the exempt purchaser did not provide the seller with a comptroller issued petroleum products delivery fee exemption letter and will not seek a refund from the seller or bulk facility from which the petroleum products were withdrawn;

  (2) a copy of the comptroller issued petroleum products delivery fee exemption letter;

  (3) documentation showing that the petroleum products delivery fee was paid; and

  (4) any other information the comptroller deems necessary to validate the refund.

(l) The amount of the petroleum products delivery fee must be listed as a separate item on the invoice or cargo manifest issued by the person holding a permit to collect the fee upon the withdrawal of product from a bulk facility.

(m) Only persons who hold a petroleum products delivery fee permit may charge and collect the fee on the basis of the bracket system established by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. No other persons selling fuel may list the fee as a separate item on invoices or manifest except:

  (1) when required to do so by another governmental agency; or

  (2) when an amount is clearly identified as reimbursement. An amount collected as reimbursement may not exceed the amount of fee actually paid by the person issuing the manifest or invoice.

(n) The comptroller may require a bulk facility operator to post a bond or other security to protect the revenues of the state.

(o) When determining the security required of a bulk facility operator, the comptroller will take into consideration the amount of fee that has or is expected to become due from the person, any past history of the person as a distributor or supplier of fuel, and the necessity to protect the state against the failure to pay the fee as it becomes due.

(p) The comptroller may require a bond equal to two times the highest amount of fees that will accrue during a reporting period. The minimum bond is $30,000. The maximum bond is $600,000 unless the comptroller believes there is undue risk of loss of fee revenues, in which event he may require one or more bond or securities in a total amount exceeding $600,000.

(q) If the comptroller determines that a bulk facility operator has for four consecutive years continuously complied with the conditions of the bond or other security on file, the operator is entitled on request to have the comptroller return, refund, or release the bond or security. However, if the comptroller determines that the revenues of the state would be jeopardized by the return, refund, or release of the bond or security, the comptroller may elect not to return, refund, or release the bond or security. The comptroller may reimpose a requirement of a bond or other security if necessary to protect the revenues of the state.

(r) A bond must be a continuing instrument, must constitute a new and separate obligation in the penal sum named in the bond for each calendar year or portion of a year while the bond is in force, and must remain in effect until the surety on the bond is released and discharged.

(s) In lieu of filing a surety bond, an applicant for a permit may substitute the following security:

  (1) cash in the form of United States currency in an amount equal to the required bond, to be deposited in the suspense account of the state treasury;

  (2) an assignment to the comptroller of a certificate of deposit in any bank or savings and loan association in Texas that is a member of the FDIC in an amount equal to the bond amount required; or

  (3) an irrevocable letter of credit to the comptroller from any bank or savings and loan association in Texas that is a member of the FDIC in an amount of credit at least equal to the bond amount required.

(t) If the amount of an existing bond becomes insufficient or a security becomes unsatisfactory or unacceptable, the comptroller may require the filing of a new or of an additional bond or security.

(u) No surety bond or other form of security may be released until it is determined by examination or audit that no fee, penalty, or interest liability exists. The cash or securities shall be released within 60 days after the comptroller determines that no liability exists.

(v) The comptroller may use the cash or certificate of deposit security to satisfy a final determination of delinquent liability or a judgment secured in any action by this state to recover fees, cost, penalties, and interest found to be due this state by a person in whose behalf the cash or certificate security was deposited.

(w) A surety on a bond furnished by a permittee shall be released and discharged from liability to the state accruing on the bond after the expiration of 30 days after the date on which the surety files with the comptroller a written request to be released and discharged. The request does not relieve, release, or discharge the surety from a liability already accrued, or that accrues before the expiration of the 30-day period. Promptly after receipt of the request, the comptroller shall notify the permittee who furnished the bond, and unless the permittee, before the expiration date of the existing security, files with the comptroller a satisfactory new bond or other security, the comptroller shall cancel the permit.

(x) The comptroller shall notify immediately the issuer of a letter of credit of a final determination of the bulk facility operator's delinquent liability or a judgment secured in any action by this state to recover fees, cost, penalties, and interest found to be due this state by a bulk facility operator in whose behalf the letter of credit was issued. A letter of credit accepted as security shall contain a statement that the issuer agrees to respond to the comptroller's notice of liability with amounts sufficient to satisfy the comptroller's delinquency claim against the bulk facility operator.

(y) An examination or audit may be requested to obtain release of the security when the permit holder relinquishes the permit or desires to substitute one form of security for an existing one.


Source Note: The provisions of this §3.151 adopted to be effective December 5, 1996, 21 TexReg 11493; amended to be effective September 22, 1999, 24 TexReg 7766; amended to be effective October 17, 2001, 26 TexReg 8191; amended to be effective June 3, 2004, 29 TexReg 5411; amended to be effective April 13, 2005, 30 TexReg 2078; amended to be effective January 29, 2006, 31 TexReg 404; amended to be effective November 27, 2007, 32 TexReg 8520; amended to be effective August 6, 2012, 37 TexReg 5815

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