By: Conley H.B. No. 278 73R1956 DAK-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the imposition, collection, allocation, and civil and 1-3 criminal enforcement of a tax on the above-ground storage of 1-4 aviation fuel. 1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-6 SECTION 1. Subtitle E, Title 2, Tax Code, is amended by 1-7 adding Chapter 161 to read as follows: 1-8 CHAPTER 161. ABOVE-GROUND STORAGE OF AVIATION FUEL 1-9 SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS 1-10 Sec. 161.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter: 1-11 (1) "Aviation fuel" means a product used as the 1-12 propellant fuel in an aircraft engine, and the term includes 1-13 aviation gasoline (AVGAS) or aviation diesel (JET) fuel. 1-14 (2) "Tax" means the tax imposed by this chapter. 1-15 (Sections 161.002-161.050 reserved for expansion 1-16 SUBCHAPTER B. IMPOSITION AND COLLECTION OF TAX 1-17 Sec. 161.051. TAX IMPOSED. (a) A tax is imposed on each 1-18 person who stores aviation fuel in tanks located above the ground. 1-19 The tax is measured by the average daily number of gallons of fuel 1-20 stored by the person in all above-ground tanks owned or operated by 1-21 the person during a calendar year. 1-22 (b) The rate of the tax is 3 cents for each gallon. 1-23 Sec. 161.052. AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF GALLONS OF AVIATION 1-24 FUEL STORED. (a) A person shall determine the person's average 2-1 daily number of gallons of aviation fuel stored by dividing by 365 2-2 the sum of the daily number of gallons of fuel stored during a 2-3 calendar year in tanks that are located above the ground during the 2-4 year and that are owned or operated by the person. 2-5 (b) A person that has stored aviation fuel in tanks located 2-6 above the ground for less than a calendar year shall determine the 2-7 person's annual average daily number of gallons of fuel stored by 2-8 dividing the sum of the daily number of gallons of fuel stored for 2-9 the portion of the year in which the fuel has been stored by the 2-10 number of days in the portion of the year in which the fuel has 2-11 been stored and by multiplying that quotient by a fraction the 2-12 numerator of which is the number of days the person stored fuel 2-13 during the year and the denominator of which is 365. Above-ground 2-14 fuel tanks owned or operated by a corporation affiliated with a 2-15 person, for the purpose of the computation of the average daily 2-16 number of gallons of fuel stored by the person, are owned or 2-17 operated by the person. 2-18 Sec. 161.053. EXEMPTIONS. A person is exempt from the tax 2-19 if the person's average daily number of gallons of aviation fuel 2-20 stored is less than 500,000. 2-21 Sec. 161.054. DATE ON WHICH PAYMENT IS DUE. The tax is due 2-22 on or before February 15 following the year for which the tax is 2-23 imposed. 2-24 Sec. 161.055. PAYMENT TO COMPTROLLER. Payment of the tax 2-25 shall be made to the comptroller. 2-26 Sec. 161.056. REPORT. A person required to pay the tax 2-27 shall accompany the payment with a report that includes, for the 3-1 tax year: 3-2 (1) the daily number of gallons of aviation fuel 3-3 stored in tanks above the ground; 3-4 (2) the average daily number of gallons of aviation 3-5 fuel stored above the ground; and 3-6 (3) any other information required by the 3-7 comptroller's rules. 3-8 Sec. 161.057. INTEREST AND PENALTY ON DELINQUENT TAX. The 3-9 interest, penalty, or both interest and penalty due on a delinquent 3-10 tax are determined as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 111. 3-11 Sec. 161.058. FAILURE TO REPORT; CRIMINAL PENALTY. (a) A 3-12 person commits an offense if the person fails to file a report as 3-13 required by this chapter. 3-14 (b) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor. 3-15 (Sections 161.059-161.100 reserved for expansion 3-16 SUBCHAPTER C. ALLOCATION OF TAX 3-17 Sec. 161.101. ALLOCATION OF TAX. The comptroller shall 3-18 allocate the tax collected as follows: 3-19 (1) 80 percent to the foundation school fund; and 3-20 (2) 20 percent to the aviation security fund. 3-21 SECTION 2. Chapter 344, Acts of the 49th Legislature, 1945 3-22 (Article 46c-1 et seq., Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), is amended 3-23 by adding Section 9 to read as follows: 3-24 Sec. 9. AVIATION SECURITY FUND. (a) The aviation security 3-25 fund is created as a special account in the general revenue fund. 3-26 (b) The fund is to be used by the state or by units of local 3-27 government to institute, improve, or maintain security measures at 4-1 airports. 4-2 (c) The Texas Department of Aviation shall administer the 4-3 fund. 4-4 (d) The Texas Department of Aviation shall receive 4-5 applications from units of local government for money it has 4-6 allocated from the fund for the benefit of units of local 4-7 government. The department by rule shall determine the form and 4-8 content of the application. 4-9 SECTION 3. The tax imposed by Chapter 161, Tax Code, enacted 4-10 by this Act, applies to the storage of aviation fuel on and after 4-11 the effective date of this Act. 4-12 SECTION 4. The importance of this legislation and the 4-13 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 4-14 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 4-15 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 4-16 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 4-17 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 4-18 passage, and it is so enacted.