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 13. Credit Transactions

Regulation 1643

Regulation 1643. Debit Card Charges.

Reference: Sections 6011 and 6012, Revenue and Taxation Code.

Generally, tax does not apply to automated teller machine (A.T.M.) charges when an access device (commonly known as a debit card or credit card) is used to make a cash withdrawal from, or to engage in any other transaction that is not subject to tax at, an A.T.M. The transaction is not regarded as a sale of tangible personal property but is a nontaxable financial transaction.

Debit cards may also be used by consumers to pay for a retail purchase of tangible personal property. Gross receipts from the retail sale of tangible personal property do not include debit card charges which the retailer may collect from the customer when all of the following apply:

(1) the debit card charges are separately stated,

(2) the consumer would not incur the charge if he or she did not use the debit card,

(3) the fee is not calculated as a percentage of the amount of the purchase, and

(4) the charge is reasonably related to the cost of the transaction to the retailer.

Under these circumstances, the charge is regarded as a cash access fee and is not subject to tax.

History—Adopted May 15, 1996, effective September 22, 1996.