Laws, Regulations and Annotations


Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2023

Sales And Use Tax Regulations

Title 18. Public Revenues
Division 2. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration — Business Taxes (State Board of Equalization — Business Taxes — See Chapters 6 and 9.9)
Chapter 4. Sales and Use Tax

Article 6. Specific Businesses Engaged in Retailing

Regulation 1573

Regulation 1573. Court Ordered Sales, Foreclosures and Repossessions.

Reference: Sections 6006, 6015, and 6019, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) Sales Ordered by State Courts. Tax applies to the sale of tangible personal property by an officer of the court such as a sheriff, commissioner, assignee for the benefit of creditors, executor or administrator (including a bank), or other officer appointed by a court to make the sales if the officer is a retailer with respect to that sale.

Generally, an officer is a retailer if he makes three or more sales of tangible personal property for substantial amounts, or a substantial number of sales for relatively small amounts, in any period of 12 months in the conduct or liquidation of a single business or estate. Sales of vehicles required to be registered or subject to identification under the Vehicle Code or of vessels or aircraft are not counted in determining the number of sales for this purpose.

An officer is a retailer with respect to every sale of a vehicle required to be registered under the Vehicle Code or subject to identification under Division 16.5 of that code, of a vessel, or of an aircraft. This is true whether or not the officer makes a series of sales of other tangible personal property from the same business or estate. The purchaser of such a vehicle, vessel or aircraft is generally required to pay use tax.

(b) Foreclosure Sales. Tax does not apply to sales of tangible personal property at public auction pursuant to the provisions of a security agreement if the property is purchased by the secured party who sold the property to the debtor. Tax applies to other foreclosure sales and to other sales by the secured party or the debtor to the same extent as it applies to sales generally.

(c) Repossessions. Tax does not apply to a repossession of tangible personal property by a seller from a purchaser who has not completed his payments provided the purchaser does not receive an amount from the seller, including the cancellation of the unpaid balance, that is greater than his purchase price.

History—Effective August 1, 1933.

Adopted as of January 1, 1945, as a restatement of previous rulings.

Amended by renumbering November 3, 1971, effective December 3, 1971.

Amended May 15, 1974, effective June 16, 1974.