Section 30

Section 30 Sales Tax Modernization 2

Said chapter 62C is hereby further amended by inserting after section 16A the following section:-

Section 16B. Notwithstanding the due date of the return as set forth in section 16 or the payment date as set forth in section 32 or any other general or special law to the contrary, a payment of tax shall be made in advance of the filing of the return required under subsection (g) or (h) of said section 16 not later than the twenty-fifth day of the last month of the filing period; provided, however, that such payment shall include tax collected for any taxable sale made during the days in the filing period occurring on or before the twenty-first day of the last month of the filing period; provided further, that this section shall not apply to operators whose cumulative room occupancy excise liability in the immediately preceding calendar year with respect to returns filed under said subsection (g) of said section 16 is not more than $150,000; provided further, that this section shall not apply to vendors whose cumulative sales tax liability in the immediately preceding calendar year with respect to returns filed under said subsection (h) of said section 16 is not more than $150,000; provided further, that this section shall not apply to a materialman who files a return with the commissioner pursuant to said subsection (h) of said section 16; and provided further, that tax collected for any taxable sale made during the remaining days of the filing period for which tax was not previously remitted shall be remitted at the time the return for that filing period is required to be filed.

A penalty of 5 per cent of the amount of an underpayment shall be imposed, unless such underpayment is due to a reasonable cause; provided, however, that such penalty shall not be imposed if the payment made on or before the date prescribed in this section is not less than 70 per cent of the total tax collected during the filing period. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term "underpayment" shall mean the excess of the amount of the payment required under this section over the amount, if any, paid on or before the date prescribed therefor.

The department of revenue shall issue regulations and guidance necessary to implement this section.