Health & Safety Code Section 361.138
Fee on the Sale of Batteries
(a)In this section:
(1)“Engaged in business in this state” has the meaning provided under Sections 151.107 (Retailer Engaged in Business in This State)(a) and (b), Tax Code.
(2)“Lead-acid battery” means any battery which contains lead and sulfuric acid.
(2-a)“Marketplace provider” has the meaning assigned by Section 151.0242 (Marketplace Providers and Marketplace Sellers)(a), Tax Code.
(3)“Purchased for resale” means acquired by means of a sale for resale as defined in Section 151.006 (Sale for Resale), Tax Code.
(4)“Storage” and “use” have the meanings assigned those terms by Section 151.011, Tax Code.
(b)A wholesale or retail battery dealer who sells or offers to sell, or a marketplace provider who processes sales of or payments for, lead-acid batteries not for resale shall collect at the time and place of sale a fee for each nonexempt lead-acid battery sold, according to the following schedule:
(1)for a lead-acid battery with a capacity of less than 12 volts, a fee of $2;
(2)for a lead-acid battery with a capacity of 12 or more volts, a fee of $3.
(c)A dealer or marketplace provider required to collect a fee under this section:
(1)shall list as a separate item on an invoice a fee due under this section; and
(2)except as provided by Subsection (d), on or before the 20th day of the month following the end of each calendar month and on a form and in the manner prescribed by the comptroller, shall file a report with and shall remit to the comptroller the amount of fees collected during the preceding calendar month.
(d)A person required to collect a fee under this section who collects less than $50 for a calendar month or less than $150 for a calendar quarter is not required to file a monthly report but shall file a quarterly report with and make a quarterly remittance to the comptroller. The quarterly report and remittance shall include fees collected during the preceding calendar quarter. The report and remittance are due not later than the 20th day following the end of the calendar quarter.
(e)An invoice or other record required by this section or rules of the comptroller must be maintained for at least four years after the date on which the invoice or record is prepared and be available for inspection by the comptroller at all reasonable times.
(f)The comptroller shall adopt rules necessary for the administration, collection, reporting, and payment of the fees payable or collected under this section.
(g)A person who does not file a report as provided by this section or who possesses a fee collected or payable under this section and who does not remit the fee to the comptroller at the time and in the manner required by this section and the rules of the comptroller shall pay a penalty of five percent of the amount of the fee due and payable. If the person does not file the report or pay the fee before the 30th day after the date on which the fee or report is due, the person shall pay a penalty of an additional five percent of the amount of the fee due and payable.
(h)Except as provided in this section, the provisions of Chapters 101 (General Provisions) and 111-113, Tax Code, apply to the administration, payment, collection and enforcement of fees under this section in the same manner that these provisions apply to the administration, payment, collection, and enforcement of taxes under Title 2, Tax Code.
(i)A dealer or marketplace provider required to collect a fee under this section may retain 2-1/2 cents from each fee the person collects. A dealer or marketplace provider shall account for amounts retained under this subsection in the manner prescribed by the comptroller.
(j)The comptroller may deduct a percentage of the fees collected under this section, not to exceed four percent of receipts, to pay the reasonable and necessary costs of administering and enforcing this section. The comptroller shall credit the amount deducted to the general revenue fund. The balance of the fees, penalties, and interest collected by the comptroller under this section shall be deposited to the hazardous and solid waste remediation fee account.
(k)A battery is exempt from this section if it meets all of the following criteria:
(1)the ampere-hour rating of the battery is less than 10 ampere-hours;
(2)the sum of the dimensions of the battery (height, width, and length) is less than 15 inches; and
(3)the battery is sealed so that no access to the interior of the battery is possible without destroying the battery.
(l)A fee is imposed on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of a lead-acid battery, unless purchased for resale, at the same rate as provided by Subsection (b).
(m)A person storing, using, or consuming a lead-acid battery in this state is liable for the fee imposed by Subsection (l) and is responsible for reporting and paying it to the comptroller in the same manner as a person required to collect the fee provided for in Subsections (c)(2) and (d).
(n)A person storing, using, or consuming a lead-acid battery in this state is not liable for the fee if the person pays the fee to a wholesaler or retailer engaged in business in this state or other person authorized by the comptroller to collect the fee and receives from the person a receipt showing that the fee has been paid.
Section 361.138 — Fee on the Sale of Batteries,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.138 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).