§ 35.01  A TAX ON GROSS RECEIPTS DERIVED FROM THE RETAIL SHORT-TERM LEASE OR RENTAL OF VEHICLES.
   (A)   Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
      CUSTOMER.  Any person that leases or rents a vehicle on a short-term lease or rental basis.
      GENERAL STATUTES.  The North Carolina General Statutes and any reference to a particular section thereof shall include the same as may be from time to time amended, modified, supplemented, revised or superseded.
      GROSS RECEIPTS.  The amount that is or would be reported as gross receipts on a business's state income tax return, or on the federal income tax return filed with the state income tax return if the state return does not separately state gross receipts for the most recently completed tax year. Taxes collected hereunder are not subject to the tax herein imposed and are not included in gross receipts.
      LEASE OR RENTAL.  A transfer, for consideration, of the use but not the ownership of property to another for a period of time (G.S. § 105-164.3(7a)).
      LONG-TERM LEASE OR RENTAL. A lease or rental made under a written agreement to lease or rent property to the same person for a period of at least 365 continuous days (G.S. § 105-187.1(3)).
      PERSON.  Any individual, trustee, executor, other fiduciary, corporation, unincorporated association, partnership, sole proprietorship, company, firm, or other legal entity.
      SHORT-TERM LEASE OR RENTAL.  Any lease or rental of a vehicle that is not a long-term lease or rental (G.S. § 160A-215.1(e)(2) and G.S. § 105-187.1(4)).
      TAX COLLECTOR.  That individual appointed by the governing body (pursuant to G.S. § 105-349 or to the provisions of the municipal charter) to collect taxes on behalf of the town, and any other person authorized to carry out the duties and functions of such individual.
      TAXPAYER.  Any person liable for the taxes imposed by this section.
      VEHICLE.  Any of the following:
         (1)   A motor vehicle of the private passenger type, including a passenger van, minivan, or sport utility vehicle.
         (2)   A motor vehicle of the cargo type, including a cargo van, pickup truck, or truck with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less used predominantly in the transportation of property for other than commercial freight, and that does not require the operator to possess a commercial drivers license.
         (3)   A trailer or semitrailer with a gross vehicle weight of 6,000 pounds or less (G.S. 160A-215.1(e)(2)).
   (B)   Levy of tax.  A tax is hereby imposed and levied in an amount equal to 1.5% of the gross receipts derived from the short-term lease or rental of vehicles at retail to the general public. This tax on gross receipts is in addition to the privilege taxes authorized by G.S. § 160A-211.
   (C)   Collection of the tax. At the time of each lease or rental, every person engaged in the business of the short-term lease or rental of vehicles at retail to the general public shall:  collect the tax herein levied, place the tax so collected in a segregated account, and thereafter remit such tax to the Tax Collector in accordance with the provisions of this section. In each short-term lease or rental agreement, the taxpayer shall include a provision stating that the percentage amount (enacted by this section) of the total lease or rental price, excluding sales tax, is being charged as a tax on gross receipts. The amount of the tax shall be stated separately from the lease or rental and shown separately on the taxpayer's records. The tax shall be paid by the customer to the taxpayer as trustee for and on account of the town. The taxpayer shall be liable for the collection thereof and for its payment to the Tax Collector; the taxpayer's failure to charge or to collect the tax from the customer shall not affect such liability.
   (D)   Report and payment of tax. Taxes levied under this section are due and payable when a return is required to be filed. Every taxpayer shall, within the time specified, submit a return to the Tax Collector on the form prescribed by the Tax Collector. A return must be signed by the taxpayer or the taxpayer's agent. Returns of taxpayers are due to the Tax Collector each month on or before the fifteenth of the month following the month in which the tax accrues. As provided in G. S. § 160A-208.1, a return shall not be considered a public record and information contained in a return may be disclosed only in accordance therewith.
   (E)   Taxpayer to keep records.  The taxpayer shall keep and preserve suitable records of the gross receipts received in the conduct of business and such other books or accounts as may be necessary to determine the amount of the tax for which such taxpayer is liable under the provisions of this section. It shall be the duty of the taxpayer to keep and preserve for a period of three years all such records of gross receipts and other books and accounts described. All records, books and accounts herein described shall be open for examination at all reasonable hours during the day by the Tax Collector or his duly authorized agent.
   (F)   Tax Collector to provide forms.  To insure a full collection of and accounting for taxes due, the Tax Collector shall design, prepare and print forms and instructions for filing returns; and shall make them available to all taxpayers operating within the  municipal boundaries of the town. Failure to obtain or receive forms shall not relieve a taxpayer from the payment of the tax at the time and in the manner provided.
   (G)   Situs.  The transaction giving rise to the tax herein levied shall be deemed to have occurred at the location of the entity from which the customer takes delivery of the vehicle (G.S. § 160A-215.1(b)).
   (H)   Administration.  In addition to the provisions herein, the levy and collection of the taxes herein imposed shall be otherwise administered in the same manner as the tax levied under G.S. § 105-164.4(a)(2) (G.S. § 160A-215.1(d)).
   (I)   Authority.  This section is enacted pursuant to the provisions of G.S. § 160A-215.1.
   (J)   Effective date.  This section and the taxes thereby levied and imposed shall become effective July 1, 2000.
(Ord. passed 6-20-00)  Penalty, see § 35.99