The tax collection requirement stems from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 “South Dakota v. Wayfair” decision allowing states to require remote retailers to collect sales taxes even when they have no physical presence in the state.
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SEMA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to its proposed regulation that gas stations be allowed to sell E15 year-round.
California has long been a sought-after place to live, drawing people from all corners of the globe. Southern California is the unofficial birthplace of the automotive aftermarket and is home to more SEMA members than any other area in the country. Nils Forssman, who spent his formative years in Johannesburg, South Africa, aspired to expand his family’s business operations internationally and fell in love with San Diego. His company, Truck Covers USA, recently hosted U.S. Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) for a tour of its San Diego headquarters.
At the request of SEMA and the SEMA Action Network, a resolution (H. Res. 108) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize July 12, 2019, as Collector Car Appreciation Day. H. Res. 108 is sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus House Co-Chairs Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA). The date marks the 10th commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. States, local governments and Canadian provinces have adopted similar commemorative declarations. For more information, visit www.semasan.com.
The USTR exclusions are primarily for non-automotive applications.
Legislation (S.B. 356) introduced in Nevada to allow for the titling and registration of retired military vehicles passed the Senate and now awaits consideration by the Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure.
Legislation (H.B. 52) introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates to exempt vehicles driven under 5,000 miles annually from inspection and testing requirements failed to be enacted before the legislature adjourned for the year.
A resolution (S.C.R. 108) offered in Hawaii advocating for the construction of a new race-track facility on the island of Oahu passed the House Committee on Water, Land and Hawaiian Affairs and now awaits consideration in the House Judiciary Committee.
The public is invited to participate in an April 30 webinar hosted by the California Air Resources Board to discuss CARB fees to be charged for mobile source certification and compliance.
Legislation (H.B. 1755) introduced in Texas to create a specific registration and titling class for assembled vehicles, including kit cars and dune buggies, and former military vehicles passed the House and now awaits consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee.