Sales Use Tax Exemption Wildfire Disaster Construction
A homeowner, or a contractor employed by a homeowner, may obtain a wildfire rebuild exemption certificate from the local government authorized to issue a building permit in the area in which the residential structure to be repaired or rebuilt is located. To be qualified, a homeowner must certify that:
- The homeowner was the owner of each residential structure to be repaired or rebuilt at the time the structure was damaged or destroyed by the declared wildfire disaster; and
- The replacement cost for each residential structure to be repaired or rebuilt exceeds the homeowner's coverage under any homeowner's insurance policy associated with the structure.
To claim the exemption, the qualified homeowner, or contractor employed by such homeowner, must provide a copy of the wildfire rebuild exemption certificate to each retailer from which the homeowner or contractor purchases exempt construction or building materials. If a qualified homeowner, or contractor employed by such homeowner, has paid state sales or use tax on the purchase of exempt construction or building materials on or after January 1, 2020, but before July 1, 2025, then the person who made the purchase may apply to the department of revenue for a refund pursuant to existing sales and use tax refund procedures. Alternatively, if the purchaser-contractor has not been granted a refund, the homeowner for whom the exempt materials were purchased may apply for a refund by establishing certain existing statutory requirements are met.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)