CHAPTER 211
COMMUNITY ANTENNA TELEVISION SYSTEMS
AND ONE-WAY SATELLITE TRANSMISSION BUSINESSES TAX

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Sec. 12-256. Tax on gross earnings of community antenna television systems, one-way satellite transmission businesses and certified competitive video service providers.
Sec. 12-258. Apportionment of gross earnings. Rates of tax.

      Sec. 12-256. Tax on gross earnings of community antenna television systems, one-way satellite transmission businesses and certified competitive video service providers. (a) For purposes of this section, "quarterly period" means a period of three calendar months commencing on the first day of January, April, July or October and ending on the last day of March, June, September or December, respectively.

      (b) Each person operating a community antenna television system under chapter 289 or a certified competitive video service pursuant to sections 16-331e to 16-331o, inclusive, and each person operating a business that provides one-way transmission to subscribers of video programming by satellite, shall pay a quarterly tax upon the gross earnings from (1) the lines, facilities, apparatus and auxiliary equipment in this state used for operating a community antenna television system, or (2) the transmission to subscribers in this state of video programming by satellite or by a certified competitive video service provider, as the case may be. No deduction shall be allowed from such gross earnings for operations related to commissions, rebates or other payments, except such refunds as arise from errors or overcharges. On or before the last day of the month next succeeding each quarterly period, each such person shall render to the commissioner a return on forms prescribed or furnished by the commissioner, signed by the person performing the duties of treasurer or an authorized agent or officer of the system or service operated by such person, which return shall include information regarding the name and location within this state of such system or service and the total amount of gross earnings derived from such operations and such other facts as the commissioner may require for the purpose of making any computation required by this chapter.

      (c) For purposes of this chapter, a holder of a certificate of cable franchise authority under section 16-331p, and a community antenna television company issued a certificate of video franchise authority under section 16-331e for any service area in which it was not certified to provide community antenna television service pursuant to section 16-331 on or before October 1, 2007, shall be treated as a person operating a community antenna television system under chapter 289.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1942; 1961, P.A. 604, S. 10; 1963, P.A. 512; February, 1965, P.A. 169, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 139, 610; P.A. 85-304, S. 1, 4; P.A. 86-410, S. 20, 28; P.A. 89-251, S. 4, 203; P.A. 91-82, S. 1, 5; P.A. 03-2, S. 54; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1, S. 92; P.A. 06-159, S. 12; P.A. 07-253, S. 26; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 7.)

      History: 1961 act clarified statutory language and provided for return to be on form prescribed or furnished by the commissioner; 1963 act added deduction for reimbursements made to car companies for losses sustained; 1965 act included community antenna television systems under provisions; P.A. 77-614 substituted commissioner of revenue services for tax commissioner, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 85-304 deleted all references to car companies leasing or operating railroad cars upon railroads in the state, repealing the application of tax under chapter 211 to such companies, effective June 5, 1985, and applicable to tax years of car companies commencing on or after January 1, 1985; P.A. 86-410 added the definition of "regulated telecommunications service" and provided that each company rendering regulated telecommunications service for consideration shall pay an annual tax on gross earnings from such service rendered in this state, subscriber line charges as required by the Federal Communications Commission and access charges collected, effective June 4, 1986, and applicable to tax years commencing on or after January 1, 1986; P.A. 89-251 added Subsec. (b) providing that tax under this section shall not apply to telecommunications service rendered on or after January 1, 1990, and Subsec. (c) providing that tax under this section for the tax year ending December 31, 1989, shall be due and payable after July 1, 1989, and on or before April 1, 1990; P.A. 91-82 made certain changes required by the repeal of the telecommunications service company tax and made other minor changes to clarify definitions, effective May 9, 1991, and applicable to taxable years of taxpayers commencing on or after January 1, 1991; P.A. 03-2 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), making technical changes therein, and added Subsec. (b) re quarterly payment of tax by community television antenna systems, effective February 28, 2003, and applicable to calendar quarters commencing on or after January 1, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1 amended Subsec. (b) to provide for tax on the gross earnings of satellite television businesses, effective September 1, 2003, and applicable to quarterly periods commencing on and after that date; P.A. 06-159 deleted former Subsec. (a) re tax on express business on railroads and telegraph or cable businesses, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsecs. (a) and (b), and amended same by making a conforming change and deleting provisions re returns and taxes due on April 1, 2003, and for the period September 1, 2003, to January 1, 2004, effective October 1, 2006, and applicable to quarterly periods commencing on and after that date; P.A. 07-253 amended Subsec. (b) to add certified competitive video service providers and added Subsec. (c) re holder of certificate under Sec. 16-331p, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (c) to add provision re community antenna television company issued a certificate of video franchise authority for any service area in which it was not certified to provide service on or before October 1, 2007, effective October 6, 2007.

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      Sec. 12-258. Apportionment of gross earnings. Rates of tax. (a) Each person included in section 12-256 shall be taxed upon the amount of the gross earnings in each quarterly period from the lines, facilities, apparatus and auxiliary equipment operated by it in this state, or from the transmission of video programming by satellite or by a certified competitive video service provider to subscribers in this state, as the case may be, at the rates provided in this section.

      (b) Gross earnings for any quarterly period, for the purposes of assessment and taxation, shall be as follows: In the case of a person carrying on the business wholly within the limits of this state, the entire amount of the gross earnings subject to the tax imposed under section 12-256; in the case of a person also carrying on the business outside of this state, a portion of the entire amount of the gross earnings subject to the tax imposed under section 12-256 apportioned to this state as follows: (1) In the case of a person operating a community antenna television system, such portion of the total gross earnings from the lines, facilities, apparatus and auxiliary equipment operated by it as is represented by the total number of miles of lines operated by such person within this state on the first day and on the last day of such quarterly period to the total number of miles of lines operated by such person both within and without the state on said dates; (2) in the case of a person operating a business that provides one-way transmission to subscribers of video programming by satellite, such portion of the total gross earnings from the transmission to subscribers in this state as is represented by the total number of subscribers served by such person within this state on the first day and on the last day of such quarterly period to the total number of subscribers served by such person both within and without the state on said dates; and (3) in the case of a person providing certified competitive video service, such portion of the total gross earnings from the transmission to subscribers in this state as is represented by the total number of subscribers served by such person within this state on the first and the last days of such quarterly period to the average of the total number of subscribers served by such person both within and without the state on said dates.

      (c) The rates of tax on the gross earnings as determined in this section shall be as follows: (1) Persons operating a community antenna television system or a certified competitive video service, five per cent of such gross earnings, reduced by any assessments made pursuant to section 16-49 which are attributable to the year in which such tax is assessed; and (2) persons operating a business that provides one-way transmission to subscribers of video programming by satellite, five per cent of such gross earnings.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1943; 1961, P.A. 604, S. 12; February, 1965, P.A. 169, S. 2; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 22; P.A. 81-255, S. 1, 37; P.A. 85-304, S. 2, 4; P.A. 86-410, S. 21, 28; P.A. 89-251, S. 5, 203; P.A. 91-82, S. 2, 5; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1, S. 93; P.A. 06-159, S. 13; P.A. 07-253, S. 27.)

      History: 1961 act added reference to "tax year," conformed section to new chapter 212a, increased tax rate for telegraph, cable and telephone companies from 3% to 4.5% and for telephone companies from 4% to 6%, and deleted provision for deduction of real estate taxes; 1965 act included references to lines and auxiliary equipment, added provisions concerning community antenna television systems and included such systems in 6% tax rate; 1971 act changed tax rate for telephone companies and community antenna television systems to 8%; P.A. 81-255 increased rate of tax to 9% for telephone companies and community antenna television systems, effective July 1, 1981, and applicable to tax years commencing on or after January 1, 1981; P.A. 85-304 deleted all references to railroad car companies as part of the repeal of the tax imposed under chapter 211 with respect to such companies, effective June 5, 1985, and applicable to tax years of car companies commencing on or after January 1, 1985; P.A. 86-410 substituted "regulated telecommunications service rendered in this state for consideration and any access charges collected by such company" for "telephone exchanges" as the source of gross earnings subject to tax, and eliminated apportionment of gross earnings of telephone companies based on the number of telephonic instruments within and without the state, effective June 4, 1986, and applicable to tax years commencing on or after January 1, 1986; P.A. 89-251 added the provisions that tax shall not be applicable to telecommunications companies on or after January 1, 1990, and that the rate of tax applicable to community antenna television systems shall be reduced from 9% to 5% of gross earnings on or after January 1, 1990; P.A. 91-82 made certain changes required by the repeal of the telecommunications service company tax and made other minor changes to clarify definitions, effective May 9, 1991, and applicable to taxable years of taxpayers commencing on or after January 1, 1991; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-1 provided for taxation of earnings of satellite television businesses and added references to "quarterly period", effective September 1, 2003, and applicable to quarterly periods commencing on and after that date; P.A. 06-159 divided section into Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c), eliminated tax year as basis for gross earnings, deleted provisions re express business on railroads or telegraph or cable business and made conforming changes, effective October 1, 2006, and applicable to quarterly periods commencing on and after that date; P.A. 07-253 amended Subsecs. (a) and (c)(1) to add certified competitive video service and added Subsec. (b)(3) re certified competitive video service, effective July 1, 2007.

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