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325.0000 Interstate and Foreign Commerce—Regulation 1620

Annotation 325.0570.300

(c) Shipments from California to Points Outside State

(1) Generally

325.0570.300 Ownership and Possession Transferred Outside California. A yacht berthed in California is to be purchased by an out-of-state corporation. The purchase, which is to be documented by the United States Coast Guard, will take place outside the offshore limits of California. The yacht will return to California for the purpose of refit, provisioning and sea trials to ensure its sea worthiness and safety for long range cruising. The period of time the yacht is in California will not exceed 90 days. [See note below.] Thereafter, the yacht will be involved in extensive world cruising for several years. There will be no plans to return to California.

If ownership of the yacht transfers outside the territorial limits of the state of California, neither sales tax nor use tax will apply to the purchase of the yacht based on the above facts. For sales and use tax purposes, a sale occurs at the place the property is located at the time ownership (title transfers) occurs. The parties to the agreement should retain written documentation that the sale (1) occurred outside this state, (2) the yacht was first functionally used outside this state, and (3) it was outside California one half or more the time during the first six months following its entry into California. 1/3/96. (Am. 2006–1; Am. 2008–1).

(Note.—For the period October 2, 2004 through June 30, 2007, under certain conditions any vehicle, vessel, or aircraft purchased outside of California and brought into the state within 12 months from the date of its purchase is presumed to be acquired for storage, use, or other consumption in California and subject to use tax.) (Regulation 1620(b)(5).)