DRS: PS 99(3), Tax Exemptions for Certain Water Pollution Control Equipment

 

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SERVICES

450 Columbus Blvd
Hartford CT 06103
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

This Policy Statement has been modified and superseded by PS 2014(1)

PS 99(3)

Tax Exemptions for Certain
Water Pollution Control Equipment


PURPOSE

The purpose of this Policy Statement is to describe the procedures for making purchases of water pollution control equipment exempt from sales and use taxes pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-412(21). This Policy Statement also provides information about a municipal property tax exemption in Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-81(51) and explains the qualification process for such exemption.

This Policy Statement lists certain water pollution control equipment which has been designated as approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection for use, incorporation or consumption in water pollution control facilities. If an item of tangible personal property appears on the list contained in this Policy Statement, it is not necessary for a purchaser to obtain advance written approval from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in order to qualify for the exemption from sales and use taxes on the purchase of such item or to qualify for the municipal property tax exemption.


EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective for tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 1998.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-412(21) and 12-81(51).


BACKGROUND

An exemption from sales and use taxes is available under Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-412(21) for purchases of tangible personal property certified by DEP, which are acquired for incorporation into or used and consumed in the operation of facilities for the treatment of industrial waste before the discharge thereof into any waters of the state or into any sewerage system emptying into such waters, the primary purpose of which is the reduction, control or elimination of pollution of such waters. Industrial waste means any harmful thermal effect or any liquid, gaseous or solid substance or combination thereof resulting from any process of industry, manufacture, trade or business, or from the development or recovery of any natural resource. This exemption applies only to purchases of tangible personal property, and is not available for purchases of taxable services.

An exemption from municipal property taxes is available under Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-81(51) for structures and equipment acquired for the treatment of industrial waste before the discharge thereof into any waters of the state or into any sewerage system emptying into such waters, the primary purpose of which is the reduction, control or elimination of pollution of such waters, that are certified as approved for such purpose by DEP.


REPEAL OF THE CORPORATION BUSINESS TAX CREDIT

Effective for income years beginning on or after January 1, 1998, the corporation business tax credit under Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-217d for certain expenses for treating industrial waste is repealed. Any corporation eligible for this tax credit may carry any remaining tax credit forward as the provisions of this section would have allowed prior to repeal. (1997 Conn. Pub. Acts 295, 21 and 24)


PROCEDURES FOR QUALIFYING PURCHASES FOR SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION PURSUANT TO CONN. GEN. STAT. 12-412(21)

If an item of tangible personal property appears on the list of water pollution control equipment contained in this Policy Statement and is intended to be incorporated into or used and consumed in the operation of facilities in Connecticut for the treatment of industrial waste before the discharge thereof into any waters of the state or into any sewer system emptying into such waters, the primary purpose of which is the reduction, control or elimination of pollution of such waters, the purchaser need only present the retailer of such item with a copy of a properly completed CERT-124, Certificate for Purchases of Tangible Personal Property Incorporated Into or Consumed in Water Pollution Control Facilities.

NOTE: Persons using CERT-124 to make exempt purchases of tangible personal property (or for any other purpose specified in this Policy Statement) must be prepared to provide to the Department of Environmental Protection or the Department of Revenue Services, or both, on demand, a detailed list of all items purchased, and to prove that such items were used in facilities, the primary purpose of which was water pollution reduction, control or elimination, and not another purpose.

In the event that an item of tangible personal property does not appear on the list in this Policy Statement, but the purchaser intends to use or consume it in the operation of facilities for the treatment of industrial waste before the discharge thereof into any waters of the state or into any sewerage system emptying into such waters, the purchaser must receive written approval from the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection indicating that such item of tangible personal property is approved for use in a water pollution control facility. Such written approval must be attached to CERT-124 and the procedures for use of that certificate should be followed once such written approval has been secured.


PROCEDURES FOR QUALIFYING STRUCTURES AND EQUIPMENT FOR MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PURSUANT TO CONN. GEN. STAT.12-81(51)

The Commissioner of Revenue Services does not directly administer Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-81(51), which is a municipal property tax statute allowing an exemption from property tax for certain water pollution control equipment. However, in order to facilitate the procedures for qualifying equipment for such an exemption, CERT-124, when properly completed, serves as the certification of approval by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection as required by Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-81(51) that such equipment has the primary purpose of reducing, controlling or eliminating water pollution.

NOTE: Persons using CERT-124 to receive a municipal property tax exemption for purchases of certain water pollution control equipment must provide the item number and description listed in this publication to the assessor of the municipality in which the water pollution control equipment or structure is located. This information must be included on the Declaration of Personal Property to qualify the item for exemption from municipal property tax.

In the event that the equipment purchased does not appear on the list in this Policy Statement, but the purchaser intends to use or consume it in the operation of facilities for the treatment of industrial waste before the discharge thereof into any waters of the state or into any sewerage system emptying into such waters, the purchaser must attach to CERT-124 written approval from the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection indicating that such equipment is approved for use in a water pollution control facility.

In order to qualify for the exemption, the taxpayer should file a copy of CERT-124 with the assessor of the municipality in which the water pollution control equipment or structure is located, on or before the first day of November in such assessment year. Any inquiries regarding that exemption should be addressed to the municipal assessor.


LIST OF WATER POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT AND CONSUMABLES DESIGNATED AS APPROVED FOR USE, CONSUMPTION OR INCORPORATION IN WATER POLLUTION CONTROL FACILITIES

  1. Activated Carbon Filters
  2. Air Stripping/Off Gas Treatment Systems
  3. Ammonia Removal Systems
  4. Bag and Strainer Filters
  5. Biological Wastewater Treatment Systems (Activated Sludge, Trickling Filters, RBCs, etc.)
  6. Chemical Feed and Storage Tanks
  7. Color Removal Systems for Waste Water
  8. Cyanide Destruction Systems
  9. Dechlorination Chemicals (sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, etc.)
  10. Dechlorination Equipment
  11. Defoamers
  12. Diffusers
  13. Disinfection Chemicals (chlorine, bromine, ozone, etc.)
  14. Disinfection Systems (e.g., oxidation, ultra-violet)
  15. Dissolved Air Flotation Systems
  16. Electrolytic Recovery Systems
  17. Equalization Tanks
  18. Evaporators
  19. Flow Meters and Recorders
  20. Gravity Clarifiers
  21. Grit Separators
  22. Heat Exchangers
  23. Hexavalent Chromium Reduction Systems
  24. Ion Exchange Equipment and Materials
  25. Liquid Level Sensing Devices and Alarms
  26. Membrane Filtration Systems
  27. Metals Precipitation Systems
  28. Mixers and Agitators
  29. Neutralization Tanks and Systems
  30. Oil/Water Separators
  31. Oily Waste Demulsification Chemicals (sulfuric acid, calcium chloride, etc.)
  32. Oily Waste Demulsification Systems
  33. ORP Meters
  34. Oxidizing Agents (calcium hypochlorite, chlorine gas, etc.)
  35. pH Adjustment Chemicals (lime, caustic, acid, etc.)
  36. pH Adjustment Systems
  37. pH Meters and Recorders
  38. Phase Separation Systems
  39. Phosphorous Removal Equipment and Chemicals
  40. Recycling Systems for Non-Contact Cooling Water
  41. Reducing Agents (sodium metabisulfate, sulfur dioxide, ferrous sulfate, etc.)
  42. Reverse Osmosis Systems for Waste Water Reuse or Discharge
  43. Sand and Multimedia Filters
  44. Settling and Flocculating Agents (alum, lime, ferric chloride, polymers, etc.)
  45. Settling Tanks and Sedimentation Basins
  46. Sludge Collection and Conveyance Systems
  47. Sludge Dewatering Devices and Conditioning Chemicals
  48. Sludge Handling and Storage Facilities Used Solely for Sludge (tanks, pumps, agitators, etc.)
  49. Sludge Incinerators and Composting Facilities
  50. Sludge Stabilization and Conditioning Systems (anaerobic digestion, heat treatment, etc.)
  51. Spill Control Equipment and Structures including only: Underground Seepage Protection, Cathodic Protection of Underground Tanks, Leak Detection Equipment, Liquid Level Sensing Devices, Automatic Solenoid Valves, Alarms, Collision Protection, Diversionary Structures, Dikes, Berms, Retention Basins and Slick Booms
  52. Temperature Meters and Recorders
  53. Wastewater Analysis Equipment
  54. Wastewater Collection and Conveyance Systems for process wastewater* and blowdown from heating and cooling equipment, where minor inputs of sanitary sewage are understood to be present and acceptable.

*As defined in Conn. Agencies Regs. 22a-430-3. THIS DEFINITION DOES NOT INCLUDE STORMWATER.

NOTE: The above list includes equipment and chemicals that may be used for purposes other than water pollution control. Equipment and chemicals that are used in the normal course of business for purposes other than water pollution control are not eligible for tax relief. Taxpayers may apply for the sales and use tax and municipal property tax exemptions under the statutory provisions listed in this Policy Statement only for items purchased for the primary purpose of the reduction, control or elimination of water pollution.


HOW TO OBTAIN WRITTEN APPROVAL FOR WATER POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT NOT LISTED IN THIS POLICY STATEMENT

Call the Permitting, Enforcement and Remediation Division of DEP's Water Management Bureau at 860-424-3848.

Mail written requests to:
Permitting, Enforcement and Remediation Division
Bureau of Water Management
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford CT 06106-5127


EFFECT ON OTHER DOCUMENTS

This document modifies and supersedes PS 96(8), Tax Credits and Exemptions for Certain Water Pollution Control Equipment.


EFFECT OF THIS DOCUMENT

A Policy Statement is a document that explains in depth a current Department policy or practice affecting the liability of taxpayers.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Please call the Department of Revenue Services during business hours, Monday through Friday:

  • 1-800-382-9463 (toll-free from within Connecticut), or
  • 860-297-5962 (from anywhere).
  • TTY, TDD and Text Telephone users only may transmit inquiries 24 hours a day by calling 860-297-4911.

FORMS AND PUBLICATIONS

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  • Internet: preview and download forms and publications from the DRS web site: http://www.ct.gov/drs , or
  • Telephone: Call 1-800-382-9463 (toll-free from within Connecticut) and select Option 2 from a touch-tone phone, or 860-297-4753 (from anywhere).

PS 99(3)
Sales and use taxes
Corporation Business Tax
Issued 6/28/99