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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 23. Taxation
Agency 10. Department of Taxation
Chapter 210. Retail Sales and Use Tax

23VAC10-210-1020. Motor vehicle refinishers, painters and car washers.

A. Generally. Motor vehicle refinishers, painters, and washers are generally engaged in rendering personal services, and their gross receipts are not subject to tax. As personal service providers, motor vehicle refinishers, painters, and washers are the users and consumers of the materials used in their business and are required to pay tax on their purchases. When motor vehicle refinishers, painters, and washers go beyond the rendition of services and sell tangible personal property such as accessories, parts, seatcovers, paint, etc., they are required to register and collect and remit the tax on those retail sales.

B. Optional tax treatment for motor vehicle refinishers and painters. Effective July 1, 2005, the definition of "retail sale" and "sale at retail" was amended to include separately stated charges made for automotive refinish repair materials that are permanently applied to or affixed to a motor vehicle during its repair. This definitional change affords motor vehicle refinishers and painters the option of either continuing to be treated as a personal service provider with respect to paint, clearcoat, sealants, and other similar items that become a component part of a motor vehicle during the refinishing or repair of the motor vehicle, or to be treated as a retailer with respect to such items. The election to be treated as a retailer is solely at the discretion of the motor vehicle refinisher or painter.

C. Motor vehicle refinishers and painters electing to operate as a retailer. A motor vehicle refinisher or painter electing to operate as a retailer is required to register with the Department of Taxation as a licensed dealer and collect and remit to the Department of Taxation the retail sales tax on all sales of tangible personal property made, including separately stated charges for automotive refinish repair materials. As a licensed dealer, a motor vehicle refinisher or painter may purchase all tangible personal property that becomes a component part of a motor vehicle during the refinishing, painting, or repair of the motor vehicle exempt of the tax for resale. Once a motor vehicle refinisher or painter elects to treat himself as a retailer, such election and tax application must be uniformly applied to all motor vehicle refinishing and repair work performed by such dealer.

D. Consumables and equipment. Regardless of whether the optional tax treatment is elected or not, motor vehicle refinishers, painters, and washers are liable for the tax on purchases of all tangible personal property used or consumed in the performance of their work, and that does not transfer to the customer.

Statutory Authority

§ 58.1-203 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR630-10-69; revised January 1, 1979; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 9, eff. February 3, 2010.

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