[Rev. 11/21/2013 11:09:17 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 371 - GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES TAX

NRS 371.010           Short title.

NRS 371.020           Definitions.

NRS 371.030           Basic governmental services tax: Imposition.

NRS 371.040           Basic governmental services tax: Annual amount. [Effective through December 31, 2014.]

NRS 371.040           Basic governmental services tax: Annual amount. [Effective January 1, 2015.]

NRS 371.043           Supplemental governmental services tax: Imposition, collection and use of proceeds by county whose population is 100,000 or more but less than 700,000.

NRS 371.045           Supplemental governmental services tax: Imposition, collection and use of proceeds by county whose population is less than 100,000 or is 700,000 or more.

NRS 371.047           Supplemental governmental services tax: Use of proceeds for certain purposes related to construction of highway with limited access.

NRS 371.050           Valuation of vehicles.

NRS 371.060           Schedules for depreciation; minimum amount of tax. [Effective through December 31, 2014.]

NRS 371.060           Schedules for depreciation; minimum amount of tax. [Effective January 1, 2015.]

NRS 371.070           Reduction for initial registration of certain vehicles after beginning of period of registration. [Effective through December 31, 2014.]

NRS 371.070           Reduction for initial registration of certain vehicles after beginning of period of registration. [Effective January 1, 2015.]

NRS 371.080           Reduction on cessation of exemption of certain vehicles because of change of ownership.

NRS 371.085           Proration of tax by interstate motor carrier.

NRS 371.090           Computation of tax and penalty.

NRS 371.100           Exemption of certain governmental vehicles, emergency vehicles and vehicles operated with public money; exceptions.

NRS 371.101           Exemption of vehicle registered by surviving spouse.

NRS 371.102           Exemption of vehicle registered by person who is blind.

NRS 371.103           Exemption of vehicle registered by veteran; transfer of exemption to veteran’s current spouse.

NRS 371.1035         Waiver of veteran’s exemption; designation of any amount of exemption for credit to Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada.

NRS 371.104           Exemptions for veteran with a disability and surviving spouse; transfer of exemption to veteran’s current spouse.

NRS 371.105           Time for claiming exemption and making designation; limitation on total exemption per fiscal year.

NRS 371.106           Owner to notify Department of cessation of exemption; penalty.

NRS 371.107           Duties of county assessor in county whose population is 55,000 or more.

NRS 371.110           Due date.

NRS 371.120           Collection; issuance of receipt.

NRS 371.125           Designation of county assessor of county whose population is less than 55,000 as agent to assist in collection of tax and administration of exemptions.

NRS 371.130           Delinquency.

NRS 371.140           Penalty for delinquency; proof of nonoperation; exceptions.

NRS 371.150           Collection of current tax; circumstances precluding imposition of penalty.

NRS 371.160           Effect of failure of bank to pay check in payment of tax or penalty on first presentation.

NRS 371.170           Exemption from penalty when vehicle repossessed; conditions.

NRS 371.180           Waiver of penalties accruing before transfer of vehicle.

NRS 371.190           Lien on vehicle for delinquent tax; seizure and sale of vehicle or removal of registration certificate and license plates; conduct of seizure and sale.

NRS 371.200           Notice to legal owner before sale of vehicle.

NRS 371.210           Payment of tax, penalties and costs by legal owner before sale; return of vehicle.

NRS 371.220           Refund of tax or penalty erroneously collected.

NRS 371.230           Deposit of money collected to credit of Motor Vehicle Fund.

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      NRS 371.010  Short title.  This chapter may be cited as the Governmental Services Tax Law.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1118; A 2001, 289)

      NRS 371.020  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

      1.  “Department” means the Department of Motor Vehicles.

      2.  “Vehicle” means any vehicle required to be registered pursuant to the provisions of chapter 482 or 706 of NRS, except mobile homes as defined in NRS 482.067.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1118; A 1985, 1987; 2001, 2601)

      NRS 371.030  Basic governmental services tax: Imposition.  A basic tax for governmental services is hereby imposed for the privilege of operating any vehicle upon the public highways of this State. Such tax is imposed in lieu of all taxes based on value and levied for state or local purpose on such vehicles.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1119; A 2001, 289)

      NRS 371.040  Basic governmental services tax: Annual amount. [Effective through December 31, 2014.]  The annual amount of the basic governmental services tax throughout the State is 4 cents on each $1 of valuation of the vehicle as determined by the Department.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1119; A 1991, 39; 2001, 290)

      NRS 371.040  Basic governmental services tax: Annual amount. [Effective January 1, 2015.]

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the annual amount of the basic governmental services tax throughout the State is 4 cents on each $1 of valuation of the vehicle as determined by the Department.

      2.  A full trailer or semitrailer registered pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 482.483 is subject to the basic governmental services tax in the nonrefundable amount of $86 each time such a full trailer or semitrailer is registered pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 482.483.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1119; A 1991, 39; 2001, 290; 2013, 2863, effective January 1, 2015)

      NRS 371.043  Supplemental governmental services tax: Imposition, collection and use of proceeds by county whose population is 100,000 or more but less than 700,000.

      1.  A board of county commissioners of a county whose population is 100,000 or more but less than 700,000 may by ordinance, but not as in a case of emergency, impose a supplemental governmental services tax of not more than 1 cent on each $1 of valuation of the vehicle for the privilege of operating upon the public streets, roads and highways of the county on each vehicle based in the county except:

      (a) A vehicle exempt from the governmental services tax pursuant to this chapter; or

      (b) A vehicle subject to NRS 706.011 to 706.861, inclusive, which is engaged in interstate or intercounty operations.

      2.  Collection of the tax imposed pursuant to this section must not commence earlier than the first day of the second calendar month after adoption of the ordinance imposing the tax.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4 and NRS 371.047, the county shall use the proceeds of the tax to pay the cost of:

      (a) Projects related to the construction and maintenance of sidewalks, streets, avenues, boulevards, highways and other public rights-of-way used primarily for vehicular traffic, including, without limitation, overpass projects, street projects or underpass projects, as defined in NRS 244A.037, 244A.053 and 244A.055, respectively:

             (1) Within the boundaries of the county;

             (2) Within 1 mile outside the boundaries of the county if the board of county commissioners finds that such projects outside the boundaries of the county will facilitate transportation within the county; or

             (3) Within 30 miles outside the boundaries of the county and the boundaries of this State, where those boundaries are coterminous, if:

                   (I) The projects consist of improvements to a highway which is located wholly or partially outside the boundaries of this State and which connects this State to an interstate highway; and

                   (II) The board of county commissioners finds that such projects will provide a significant economic benefit to the county;

      (b) Payment of principal and interest on notes, bonds or other obligations incurred to fund projects described in paragraph (a); or

      (c) Any combination of those uses.

      4.  The county may expend:

      (a) Any proceeds of the supplemental governmental services tax authorized by this section, or any borrowing in anticipation of that tax, pursuant to an interlocal agreement between the county and the regional transportation commission of the county with respect to any projects to be financed with the proceeds of the tax.

      (b) Any proceeds of the supplemental governmental services tax authorized by this section to pay the operating costs of the county and any other costs to carry out the governmental functions of the county.

      5.  As used in this section, “based” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 482.011.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 2077; A 2011, 1224)

      NRS 371.045  Supplemental governmental services tax: Imposition, collection and use of proceeds by county whose population is less than 100,000 or is 700,000 or more.

      1.  A board of county commissioners of a county whose population is less than 100,000 or is 700,000 or more may by ordinance, but not as in a case of emergency, after receiving the approval of a majority of the registered voters voting on the question at a primary, general or special election, impose a supplemental governmental services tax of not more than 1 cent on each $1 of valuation of the vehicle for the privilege of operating upon the public streets, roads and highways of the county on each vehicle based in the county except:

      (a) A vehicle exempt from the governmental services tax pursuant to this chapter; or

      (b) A vehicle subject to NRS 706.011 to 706.861, inclusive, which is engaged in interstate or intercounty operations.

      2.  A county may combine this question with questions submitted pursuant to NRS 244.3351, 278.710 or 377A.020, or any combination thereof.

      3.  A special election may be held only if the board of county commissioners determines, by a unanimous vote, that an emergency exists. The determination made by the board is conclusive unless it is shown that the board acted with fraud or a gross abuse of discretion. An action to challenge the determination made by the board must be commenced within 15 days after the board’s determination is final. As used in this subsection, “emergency” means any unexpected occurrence or combination of occurrences which requires immediate action by the board of county commissioners to prevent or mitigate a substantial financial loss to the county or to enable the board to provide an essential service to the residents of the county.

      4.  Collection of the tax imposed pursuant to this section must not commence earlier than the first day of the second calendar month after adoption of the ordinance imposing the tax.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 6 and NRS 371.047, the county shall use the proceeds of the tax to pay the cost of:

      (a) Projects related to the construction and maintenance of sidewalks, streets, avenues, boulevards, highways and other public rights-of-way used primarily for vehicular traffic, including, without limitation, overpass projects, street projects or underpass projects, as defined in NRS 244A.037, 244A.053 and 244A.055, respectively:

             (1) Within the boundaries of the county;

             (2) Within 1 mile outside the boundaries of the county if the board of county commissioners finds that such projects outside the boundaries of the county will facilitate transportation within the county; or

             (3) Within 30 miles outside the boundaries of the county and the boundaries of this State, where those boundaries are coterminous, if:

                   (I) The projects consist of improvements to a highway which is located wholly or partially outside the boundaries of this State and which connects this State to an interstate highway; and

                   (II) The board of county commissioners finds that such projects will provide a significant economic benefit to the county;

      (b) Payment of principal and interest on notes, bonds or other obligations incurred to fund projects described in paragraph (a); or

      (c) Any combination of those uses.

      6.  The county may:

      (a) Expend any proceeds of the supplemental governmental services tax authorized by this section, or any borrowing in anticipation of that tax, pursuant to an interlocal agreement between the county and the regional transportation commission of the county with respect to any projects to be financed with the proceeds of the tax.

      (b) If the population of the county is 700,000 or more, expend any proceeds of the supplemental governmental services tax authorized by this section to pay the operating costs of the county and any other costs to carry out the governmental functions of the county.

      7.  As used in this section, “based” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 482.011.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 38; A 1993, 1070, 2785, 2825; 1995, 2746; 1999, 1669; 2001, 290, 1668, 1669; 2009, 2078; 2011, 1225)

      NRS 371.047  Supplemental governmental services tax: Use of proceeds for certain purposes related to construction of highway with limited access.

      1.  A county may use the proceeds of the tax imposed pursuant to NRS 371.043 or 371.045, or of bonds, notes or other obligations incurred to which the proceeds of those taxes are pledged to finance a project related to the construction of a highway with limited access, to:

      (a) Purchase residential real property which shares a boundary with a highway with limited access or a project related to the construction of a highway with limited access, and which is adversely affected by the highway. Not more than 1 percent of the proceeds of the tax or of any bonds to which the proceeds of the tax are pledged may be used for this purpose.

      (b) Pay for the cost of moving persons whose primary residences are condemned for a right-of-way for a highway with limited access and who qualify for such payments. The board of county commissioners shall, by ordinance, establish the qualifications for receiving payments for the cost of moving pursuant to this paragraph.

      2.  A county may, in accordance with NRS 244.265 to 244.296, inclusive, dispose of any residential real property purchased pursuant to this section, and may reserve and except easements, rights or interests related thereto, including, but not limited to:

      (a) Abutter’s rights of light, view or air.

      (b) Easements of access to and from abutting land.

      (c) Covenants prohibiting the use of signs, structures or devices advertising activities not conducted, services not rendered or goods not produced or available on the real property.

      3.  Proceeds from the sale or lease of residential real property acquired pursuant to this section must be used for the purposes set forth in this section and in NRS 371.043 or 371.045, as applicable.

      4.  For the purposes of this section, residential real property is adversely affected by a highway with limited access if the construction or proposed use of the highway:

      (a) Constitutes a taking of all or any part of the property, or interest therein;

      (b) Lowers the value of the property; or

      (c) Constitutes a nuisance.

      5.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Highway with limited access” means a divided highway for through traffic with full control of access and with grade separations at intersections.

      (b) “Primary residence” means a dwelling, whether owned or rented by the occupant, which is the sole principal place of residence of that occupant.

      (c) “Residential real property” means a lot or parcel of not more than 1.5 acres upon which a single-family or multifamily dwelling is located.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2745; A 1997, 496; 2001, 593; 2007, 2837; 2009, 2079)

      NRS 371.050  Valuation of vehicles.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 3 and 4, valuation of vehicles must be determined by the Department upon the basis of 35 percent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price in Nevada excluding options and extras, as of the time the particular make and model for that year is first offered for sale in Nevada.

      2.  If the Department is unable to determine the manufacturer’s suggested retail price in Nevada with respect to any vehicle because the vehicle is specially constructed, or for any other reason, the Department shall determine the valuation upon the basis of 35 percent of the original retail price to the original purchaser of the vehicle as evidenced by such document or documents as the Department may require.

      3.  For each:

      (a) Bus, truck, truck-tractor or combination of vehicles having a declared gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more; and

      (b) Trailer or semitrailer having an unladen weight of 4,000 pounds or more,

Ê the Department may use 85 percent of the original purchaser’s cost price in lieu of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

      4.  If the Department is unable to determine the original manufacturer’s suggested retail price in Nevada, or the original retail price to the purchaser, the Department may determine the original value of the vehicle on the basis of 50 cents per pound.

      5.  For motor carriers which register pursuant to the provisions of the Interstate Highway User Fee Apportionment Act, the Department may determine the original purchaser’s cost price of the vehicle on the basis of its declared gross weight in a manner which the Department finds appropriate and equitable.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1119; A 1965, 978; 1977, 803; 1985, 1841; 1989, 1420)

      NRS 371.060  Schedules for depreciation; minimum amount of tax. [Effective through December 31, 2014.]

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, each vehicle must be depreciated by the Department for the purposes of the annual governmental services tax according to the following schedule:

                                                                                                                          Percentage of

   Age                                                                                                                  Initial Value

 

New............................................................................................................. 100 percent

1 year............................................................................................................ 95 percent

2 years.......................................................................................................... 85 percent

3 years.......................................................................................................... 75 percent

4 years.......................................................................................................... 65 percent

5 years.......................................................................................................... 55 percent

6 years.......................................................................................................... 45 percent

7 years.......................................................................................................... 35 percent

8 years.......................................................................................................... 25 percent

9 years or more........................................................................................... 15 percent

 

      2.  Each bus, truck or truck-tractor having a declared gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more and each trailer or semitrailer having an unladen weight of 4,000 pounds or more must be depreciated by the Department for the purposes of the annual governmental services tax according to the following schedule:

                                                                                                                          Percentage of

   Age                                                                                                                  Initial Value

 

New............................................................................................................. 100 percent

1 year............................................................................................................ 85 percent

2 years.......................................................................................................... 69 percent

3 years.......................................................................................................... 57 percent

4 years.......................................................................................................... 47 percent

5 years.......................................................................................................... 38 percent

6 years.......................................................................................................... 33 percent

7 years.......................................................................................................... 30 percent

8 years.......................................................................................................... 27 percent

9 years.......................................................................................................... 25 percent

10 years or more......................................................................................... 23 percent

 

      3.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the minimum amount of the governmental services tax:

      (a) On any trailer having an unladen weight of 1,000 pounds or less is $3; and

      (b) On any other vehicle is $16.

      4.  For the purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be deemed a “new” vehicle if the vehicle has never been registered with the Department and has never been registered with the appropriate agency of any other state, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States or any foreign state, province or country.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1119; A 1967, 358; 1969, 185; 1971, 6; 1985, 1842; 1995, 754; 2001, 291; 2009, 2190)

      NRS 371.060  Schedules for depreciation; minimum amount of tax. [Effective January 1, 2015.]

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 and subsection 2 of NRS 371.040, each vehicle must be depreciated by the Department for the purposes of the annual governmental services tax according to the following schedule:

                                                                                                                          Percentage of

   Age                                                                                                                  Initial Value

 

New............................................................................................................. 100 percent

1 year............................................................................................................ 95 percent

2 years.......................................................................................................... 85 percent

3 years.......................................................................................................... 75 percent

4 years.......................................................................................................... 65 percent

5 years.......................................................................................................... 55 percent

6 years.......................................................................................................... 45 percent

7 years.......................................................................................................... 35 percent

8 years.......................................................................................................... 25 percent

9 years or more........................................................................................... 15 percent

 

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 of NRS 371.040, each bus, truck or truck-tractor having a declared gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more and each trailer or semitrailer having an unladen weight of 4,000 pounds or more must be depreciated by the Department for the purposes of the annual governmental services tax according to the following schedule:

                                                                                                                          Percentage of

   Age                                                                                                                  Initial Value

 

New............................................................................................................. 100 percent

1 year............................................................................................................ 85 percent

2 years.......................................................................................................... 69 percent

3 years.......................................................................................................... 57 percent

4 years.......................................................................................................... 47 percent

5 years.......................................................................................................... 38 percent

6 years.......................................................................................................... 33 percent

7 years.......................................................................................................... 30 percent

8 years.......................................................................................................... 27 percent

9 years.......................................................................................................... 25 percent

10 years or more......................................................................................... 23 percent

 

      3.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the minimum amount of the governmental services tax:

      (a) On any trailer having an unladen weight of 1,000 pounds or less is $3; and

      (b) On any other vehicle is $16.

      4.  For the purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be deemed a “new” vehicle if the vehicle has never been registered with the Department and has never been registered with the appropriate agency of any other state, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States or any foreign state, province or country.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1119; A 1967, 358; 1969, 185; 1971, 6; 1985, 1842; 1995, 754; 2001, 291; 2009, 2190; 2013, 2864, effective January 1, 2015)

      NRS 371.070  Reduction for initial registration of certain vehicles after beginning of period of registration. [Effective through December 31, 2014.]  Upon the registration for the first time in this State after the beginning of the period of registration of a vehicle which is registered pursuant to the provisions of NRS 706.801 to 706.861, inclusive, or which has a declared gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds, the amount of the governmental services tax must be reduced one-twelfth for each month which has elapsed since the beginning of the period of registration.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 2001, 292; 2003, 3380; 2007, 56)

      NRS 371.070  Reduction for initial registration of certain vehicles after beginning of period of registration. [Effective January 1, 2015.]  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 of NRS 371.040, upon the registration for the first time in this State after the beginning of the period of registration of a vehicle which is registered pursuant to the provisions of NRS 706.801 to 706.861, inclusive, or which has a declared gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds, the amount of the governmental services tax must be reduced one-twelfth for each month which has elapsed since the beginning of the period of registration.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 2001, 292; 2003, 3380; 2007, 56; 2013, 2865, effective January 1, 2015)

      NRS 371.080  Reduction on cessation of exemption of certain vehicles because of change of ownership.  If any vehicle which is registered pursuant to the provisions of NRS 706.801 to 706.861, inclusive, or has a declared gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds, and which is exempt from the governmental services tax pursuant to NRS 371.100 ceases to be exempt after the beginning of the period of registration by reason of a change of ownership, the amount of the tax must be reduced one-twelfth for each month which has elapsed since the beginning of that period of registration.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 2001, 292; 2003, 3381; 2007, 56)

      NRS 371.085  Proration of tax by interstate motor carrier.  Interstate motor carriers who register under the Interstate Highway User Fee Apportionment Act or NRS 482.482 may prorate their governmental services tax by the same percentages as those set out in subsection 2 of NRS 706.841 or NRS 706.861.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 978; A 1971, 722; 1987, 611; 2001, 292)

      NRS 371.090  Computation of tax and penalty.  In computing any tax or penalty imposed by the provisions of this chapter, a fraction of $1 shall be disregarded, unless it exceeds 49 cents, in which case it shall be treated as $1. Computation of any penalty shall be made from the fee after the same has been computed as provided in this section.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120)

      NRS 371.100  Exemption of certain governmental vehicles, emergency vehicles and vehicles operated with public money; exceptions.

      1.  The governmental services tax imposed by this chapter does not apply to:

      (a) Vehicles owned by the United States, the State of Nevada, any political subdivision of the State of Nevada, or any county, municipal corporation, city, unincorporated town or school district in the State of Nevada;

      (b) Except for vehicles used for commercial purposes, vehicles owned by the governing body of an Indian reservation or Indian colony in this State if:

             (1) The Indian tribe of the reservation or colony is recognized by federal law; and

             (2) The governing body is located on the reservation or colony;

      (c) Vehicles for whose operation money is provided by the State or Federal Government and which are operated solely for the transportation of or furnishing services to elderly persons or persons with disabilities; or

      (d) Emergency vehicles owned by any volunteer fire department or volunteer ambulance service based in this State.

      2.  Any vehicle which ceases to be used exclusively for the purpose for which it is exempted from the governmental services tax by this section becomes immediately subject to that tax.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, vehicles exempted from the governmental services tax by this section which are leased, loaned or otherwise made available to and used by a private person, association or corporation in connection with a business conducted for profit are subject to taxation in the same amount and to the same extent as though the lessee or user were the owner of such vehicle.

      4.  Vehicles which are used by a private person and are dedicated for exclusive use as part of a system which:

      (a) Operates vehicles for public transportation in an urban area;

      (b) Transports persons who pay the established fare; and

      (c) Uses public money to operate the system or acquire new equipment,

Ê are exempted from the governmental services tax imposed by this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 1965, 610; 1979, 931; 1983, 1945; 1995, 2411; 2001, 292; 2005, 6)

      NRS 371.101  Exemption of vehicle registered by surviving spouse.

      1.  Vehicles registered by surviving spouses, not to exceed the amount of $1,000 determined valuation, are exempt from taxation, but the exemption must not be allowed to anyone but actual bona fide residents of this State, and must be filed in but one county in this State to the same family.

      2.  For the purpose of this section, vehicles in which the surviving spouse has any interest shall be deemed to belong entirely to that surviving spouse.

      3.  The person claiming the exemption shall file with the Department in the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit declaring his or her residency and that the exemption has been claimed in no other county in this State for that year. The affidavit must be made before the county assessor or a notary public. After the filing of the original affidavit, the county assessor shall, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, mail a form for renewal of the exemption to the person each year following a year in which the exemption was allowed for that person. The form must be designed to facilitate its return by mail by the person claiming the exemption. If so requested by the person claiming the exemption, the county assessor may provide the form to the person by electronic means in lieu of by mail.

      4.  A surviving spouse is not entitled to the exemption provided by this section in any fiscal year beginning after any remarriage, even if the remarriage is later annulled.

      5.  Beginning with the 2005-2006 Fiscal Year, the monetary amount in subsection 1 must be adjusted for each fiscal year by adding to each amount the product of the amount multiplied by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (All Items) from December 2003 to the December preceding the fiscal year for which the adjustment is calculated.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1489; A 1989, 716; 1999, 2775; 2001, 1557; 2003, 2773; 2011, 3526)

      NRS 371.102  Exemption of vehicle registered by person who is blind.

      1.  Vehicles registered by a person who is blind, not to exceed the amount of $3,000 determined valuation, are exempt from taxation, but the exemption must not be allowed to anyone but bona fide residents of this State, and must be filed in but one county in this State on account of that person.

      2.  The person claiming the exemption must file with the county assessor of the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit declaring that the person is an actual bona fide resident of the State of Nevada, that he or she is a person who is blind and that the exemption is claimed in no other county in this State. The affidavit must be made before the county assessor or a notary public. After the filing of the original affidavit, the county assessor shall, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, mail a form for renewal of the exemption to the person each year following a year in which the exemption was allowed for that person. The form must be designed to facilitate its return by mail by the person claiming the exemption. If so requested by the person claiming the exemption, the county assessor may provide the form to the person by electronic means in accordance with the provisions of chapter 719 of NRS.

      3.  Upon first claiming the exemption in a county, the claimant shall furnish to the county assessor a certificate of a physician licensed under the laws of this State setting forth that the physician has examined the claimant and has found him or her to be a person who is blind.

      4.  Beginning with the 2005-2006 Fiscal Year, the monetary amount in subsection 1 must be adjusted for each fiscal year by adding to each amount the product of the amount multiplied by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (All Items) from December 2003 to the December preceding the fiscal year for which the adjustment is calculated.

      5.  As used in this section, “person who is blind” includes any person whose visual acuity with correcting lenses does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye, or whose vision in the better eye is restricted to a field which subtends an angle of not greater than 20 degrees.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1489; A 1989, 717; 1995, 1088; 1999, 2775; 2003, 2774; 2011, 3527)

      NRS 371.103  Exemption of vehicle registered by veteran; transfer of exemption to veteran’s current spouse.

      1.  Vehicles, to the extent of $2,000 determined valuation, registered by any actual bona fide resident of the State of Nevada who:

      (a) Has served a minimum of 90 days on active duty, who was assigned to active duty at some time between April 21, 1898, and June 15, 1903, or between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918, or between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, or between June 25, 1950, and May 7, 1975, or between September 26, 1982, and December 1, 1987, or between October 23, 1983, and November 21, 1983, or between December 20, 1989, and January 31, 1990, or between August 2, 1990, and April 11, 1991, or between December 5, 1992, and March 31, 1994, or between November 20, 1995, and December 20, 1996;

      (b) Has served a minimum of 90 continuous days on active duty none of which was for training purposes, who was assigned to active duty at some time between January 1, 1961, and May 7, 1975;

      (c) Has served on active duty in connection with carrying out the authorization granted to the President of the United States in Public Law 102-1; or

      (d) Has served on active duty in connection with a campaign or expedition for service in which a medal has been authorized by the Government of the United States, regardless of the number of days served on active duty,

Ê and who received, upon severance from service, an honorable discharge or certificate of satisfactory service from the Armed Forces of the United States, or who, having so served, is still serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, is exempt from taxation.

      2.  In lieu of claiming the exemption from taxation set forth in subsection 1 in his or her name, a veteran may transfer the exemption to his or her current spouse. To transfer the exemption, the veteran must file an affidavit of transfer with the Department in the county where the exemption would otherwise have been claimed. The affidavit of transfer must be made before an authorized employee of the Department or a notary public. If a veteran makes such a transfer:

      (a) The spouse of the veteran is entitled to the exemption in the same manner as if the spouse were the veteran;

      (b) The veteran is not entitled to the exemption for the duration of the transfer;

      (c) The transfer expires upon the earlier of:

             (1) The termination of the marriage;

             (2) The death of the veteran; or

             (3) The revocation of the transfer by the veteran as described in paragraph (d); and

      (d) The veteran may, at any time, revoke the transfer of the exemption by filing with the Department in the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit made before an authorized employee of the Department or a notary public.

      3.  For the purpose of this section, the first $2,000 determined valuation of vehicles in which a person described in subsection 1 or 2 has any interest shall be deemed to belong to that person.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, a person claiming the exemption shall file annually with the Department in the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit declaring that he or she is an actual bona fide resident of the State of Nevada who meets all the other requirements of subsection 1 or 2, as applicable, and that the exemption is claimed in no other county in this State. The affidavit must be made before the county assessor or a notary public. After the filing of the original affidavit of exemption and after the transfer of the exemption, if any, pursuant to subsection 2, the county assessor shall, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, mail a form for:

      (a) The renewal of the exemption; and

      (b) The designation of any amount to be credited to the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada established pursuant to NRS 417.145,

Ê to the person who claimed the exemption each year following a year in which the exemption was allowed for that person. The form must be designed to facilitate its return by mail by the person claiming the exemption. If so requested by the person claiming the exemption, the county assessor may provide the form to the person by electronic means in lieu of by mail.

      5.  Persons in actual military service are exempt during the period of such service from filing annual affidavits of exemption and the Department shall grant exemptions to those persons on the basis of the original affidavits filed. In the case of any person who has entered the military service without having previously made and filed an affidavit of exemption, the affidavit may be filed in his or her behalf during the period of such service by any person having knowledge of the facts.

      6.  Before allowing any veteran’s exemption pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, the Department shall require proof of status of the veteran or, if a transfer has been made pursuant to subsection 2, proof of status of the veteran to whom the person claiming the exemption is married, and for that purpose shall require production of an honorable discharge or certificate of satisfactory service or a certified copy thereof, or such other proof of status as may be necessary.

      7.  If any person files a false affidavit or produces false proof to the Department, and as a result of the false affidavit or false proof a tax exemption is allowed to a person not entitled to the exemption, the person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      8.  Beginning with the 2005-2006 Fiscal Year, the monetary amounts in subsections 1 and 3 must be adjusted for each fiscal year by adding to each amount the product of the amount multiplied by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (All Items) from December 2003 to the December preceding the fiscal year for which the adjustment is calculated.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1489; A 1987, 1528; 1989, 717; 1991, 1926; 1995, 2298; 1999, 2776; 2001, 1529, 1530; 2003, 2774, 2776; 2011, 2540, 3527; 2013, 295, 2513)

      NRS 371.1035  Waiver of veteran’s exemption; designation of any amount of exemption for credit to Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada.

      1.  Any person who qualifies for an exemption pursuant to NRS 371.103 or 371.104 may, in lieu of claiming the exemption:

      (a) Pay to the Department all or any portion of the amount by which the tax would be reduced if the person claimed the exemption; and

      (b) Direct the Department to deposit that amount for credit to the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada established pursuant to NRS 417.145.

      2.  Any person who wishes to waive his or her exemption pursuant to this section shall designate the amount to be credited to a Gift Account on a form provided by the Department.

      3.  The Department shall deposit any money received pursuant to this section with the State Treasurer for credit to the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada established pursuant to NRS 417.145. The State Treasurer shall not accept more than a total of $2,000,000 for credit to a Gift Account pursuant to this section and NRS 361.0905 during any fiscal year.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2297; A 2001, 1531, 1532; 2003, 2777; 2013, 2515)

      NRS 371.104  Exemptions for veteran with a disability and surviving spouse; transfer of exemption to veteran’s current spouse.

      1.  A bona fide resident of the State of Nevada who has incurred a permanent service-connected disability and has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, or his or her surviving spouse, is entitled to a veteran’s exemption from the payment of governmental services taxes on vehicles of the following determined valuations:

      (a) If he or she has a disability of 100 percent, the first $20,000 of determined valuation.

      (b) If he or she has a disability of 80 to 99 percent, inclusive, the first $15,000 of determined valuation.

      (c) If he or she has a disability of 60 to 79 percent, inclusive, the first $10,000 of determined valuation.

      2.  In lieu of claiming the exemption from taxation set forth in subsection 1 in his or her name, a veteran may transfer the exemption to his or her current spouse. To transfer the exemption, the veteran must file an affidavit of transfer with the Department in the county where the exemption would otherwise have been claimed. The affidavit of transfer must be made before an authorized employee of the Department or a notary public. If a veteran makes such a transfer:

      (a) The spouse of the veteran is entitled to the exemption in the same manner as if the spouse were the veteran;

      (b) The veteran is not entitled to the exemption for the duration of the transfer;

      (c) The transfer expires upon the earlier of:

             (1) The termination of the marriage;

             (2) The death of the veteran; or

             (3) The revocation of the transfer by the veteran as described in paragraph (d); and

      (d) The veteran may, at any time, revoke the transfer of the exemption by filing with the Department in the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit made before an authorized employee of the Department or a notary public.

      3.  For the purpose of this section, the first $20,000 of determined valuation of vehicles in which a person described in subsection 1 or 2 has any interest shall be deemed to belong entirely to that person.

      4.  A person claiming the exemption shall file annually with the Department in the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit declaring that he or she is a bona fide resident of the State of Nevada who meets all the other requirements of subsection 1 or 2, as applicable, and that the exemption is claimed in no other county within this State. After the filing of the original affidavit of exemption and after the transfer of the exemption, if any, pursuant to subsection 2, the county assessor shall, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, mail a form for:

      (a) The renewal of the exemption; and

      (b) The designation of any amount to be credited to the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada established pursuant to NRS 417.145,

Ê to the person who claimed the exemption each year following a year in which the exemption was allowed for that person. The form must be designed to facilitate its return by mail by the person claiming the exemption. If so requested by the person claiming the exemption, the county assessor may provide the form to the person by electronic means in lieu of by mail.

      5.  Before allowing any exemption pursuant to the provisions of this section, the Department shall require proof of the veteran’s status, and for that purpose shall require production of:

      (a) A certificate from the Department of Veterans Affairs that the veteran has incurred a permanent service-connected disability, which shows the percentage of that disability; and

      (b) Any one of the following:

             (1) An honorable discharge;

             (2) A certificate of satisfactory service; or

             (3) A certified copy of either of these documents.

      6.  A surviving spouse claiming an exemption pursuant to this section must file with the Department in the county where the exemption is claimed an affidavit declaring that:

      (a) The surviving spouse was married to and living with the veteran with a disability for the 5 years preceding his or her death;

      (b) The veteran with a disability was eligible for the exemption at the time of his or her death or, if not for a transfer of the exemption pursuant to subsection 2, would have been eligible for the exemption at the time of his or her death; and

      (c) The surviving spouse has not remarried.

Ê The affidavit required by this subsection is in addition to the certification required pursuant to subsections 4 and 5. After the filing of the original affidavit required by this subsection, the county assessor shall, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, mail a form for renewal of the exemption to the person each year following a year in which the exemption was allowed for that person. The form must be designed to facilitate its return by mail by the person claiming the exemption. If so requested by the person claiming the exemption, the county assessor may provide the form to the person by electronic means in lieu of by mail.

      7.  If a tax exemption is allowed under this section, the veteran and his or her current spouse are not entitled to an exemption under NRS 371.103.

      8.  If any person makes a false affidavit or produces false proof to the Department, and as a result of the false affidavit or false proof the person is allowed a tax exemption to which he or she is not entitled, the person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      9.  Beginning with the 2005-2006 Fiscal Year, the monetary amounts in subsections 1 and 3 must be adjusted for each fiscal year by adding to each amount the product of the amount multiplied by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (All Items) from December 2003 to the December preceding the fiscal year for which the adjustment is calculated.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1490; A 1979, 1302; 1981, 1566; 1989, 718; 1995, 1089; 2001, 292, 1532, 1533; 2003, 2778, 2779; 2011, 2542, 3529; 2013, 297, 2515)

      NRS 371.105  Time for claiming exemption and making designation; limitation on total exemption per fiscal year.  Claims pursuant to NRS 371.101, 371.102, 371.103 or 371.104 for tax exemption on the governmental services tax and designations of any amount to be credited to the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Southern Nevada or the Gift Account for the Veterans Home in Northern Nevada pursuant to NRS 371.1035 must be filed annually at any time on or before the date when payment of the tax is due. All exemptions provided for in this section must not be in an amount which gives the taxpayer a total exemption greater than that to which the taxpayer is entitled during any fiscal year.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1491; A 1995, 2299; 2001, 293; 2003, 2780; 2013, 2517)

      NRS 371.106  Owner to notify Department of cessation of exemption; penalty.

      1.  Whenever any vehicle ceases to be exempt from taxation under NRS 371.101, 371.102, 371.103 or 371.104 because the owner no longer meets the requirements for the exemption provided in those sections, its owner shall immediately notify the Department of the fact.

      2.  If a person fails to notify the Department as required by subsection 1 and as a result of such failure is allowed a tax exemption to which he or she is not entitled, there shall be added to and collected with the tax otherwise due a penalty equal to double the amount of the tax. If the person’s failure is fraudulent and results in his or her receiving a tax exemption to which he or she is not entitled, the person is also guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1491)

      NRS 371.107  Duties of county assessor in county whose population is 55,000 or more.  The county assessor of each county whose population is 55,000 or more is designated as an agent to assist the Department in administering the exemptions provided in this chapter, and shall, after establishing the validity of an application for an exemption, issue a certificate for use by the Department to allow a claimant the appropriate exemption on his or her vehicle.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1491; A 1979, 541; 1981, 244; 1989, 1922; 2001, 1986; 2011, 1226)

      NRS 371.110  Due date.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 482.482, the governmental services tax is due on the first day of the registration year for the vehicle concerned and must be paid at the same time as, and in conjunction with, the registration or renewal of registration of the vehicle.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 1989, 1420; 2001, 294)

      NRS 371.120  Collection; issuance of receipt.  The Department shall collect the governmental services tax and issue to each person who pays the tax a receipt that sufficiently identifies the vehicle upon which the tax is paid.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 2001, 294)

      NRS 371.125  Designation of county assessor of county whose population is less than 55,000 as agent to assist in collection of tax and administration of exemptions.  The county assessor of each county whose population is less than 55,000 is designated as agent to assist in the collection of the tax required to be levied under this chapter. The county assessor of each county is designated as agent to assist the Department in administering the exemptions provided in this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1491; A 1979, 541; 1981, 244; 1989, 1922; 2001, 1986; 2011, 1226)

      NRS 371.130  Delinquency.  Whenever any vehicle is operated upon any highway of this State without the governmental services tax having first been paid as required in this chapter, the tax is delinquent.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 2001, 294)

      NRS 371.140  Penalty for delinquency; proof of nonoperation; exceptions.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 and NRS 482.209 and 482.482, if the governmental services tax for a vehicle for the next period of registration is not paid before the expiration of the current period of registration for that vehicle, a penalty equal to 10 percent of the tax due, but not less than $6, plus the amount of the delinquent tax, must be added to the governmental services tax due for the next period of registration, unless the vehicle has not been operated on the highways since the expiration of the prior registration. The Department may retain any penalty so collected.

      2.  Evidence of the nonoperation of a vehicle must be made by an affidavit executed by a person having knowledge of the fact. The affidavit must accompany the application for renewal of registration.

      3.  The provisions of this section do not apply to vehicles registered pursuant to NRS 706.841.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120; A 1969, 491; 1981, 666; 1987, 1148; 1989, 1420; 2001, 294; 2011, 297)

      NRS 371.150  Collection of current tax; circumstances precluding imposition of penalty.  Upon receipt of an application for renewal of registration and an affidavit of nonoperation, the Department shall collect the tax for the current registration year. No penalty shall be imposed if the Department receives the application and affidavit within 30 days after the date of the first operation of the vehicle during the current registration year.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120)

      NRS 371.160  Effect of failure of bank to pay check in payment of tax or penalty on first presentation.  If a check in payment of a tax or penalty is not paid by the bank on which it is drawn on its first presentation, the person tendering the check remains liable for the tax, or tax and penalty, as if the person had not tendered the check. The Department may redeposit a check in payment of a tax, or tax and penalty, a second time without assessing additional penalties.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1120)

      NRS 371.170  Exemption from penalty when vehicle repossessed; conditions.  No penalty may be assessed for the delinquent payment of a governmental services tax if:

      1.  After the date the tax became due, the vehicle is repossessed on behalf of the legal owner;

      2.  The tax is paid within 30 days after taking possession; and

      3.  A transfer of registration to a new owner is applied for during that time.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121; A 2001, 294)

      NRS 371.180  Waiver of penalties accruing before transfer of vehicle.  If a transferee applies for a transfer of registration and it is determined by the Department that penalties for the nonpayment of the governmental services tax accrued before the transfer of the vehicle, and that the transferee was not cognizant of the nonpayment of the governmental services tax for the current or prior years, and the whereabouts of the transferor or record owner are unknown, the Department may waive payment of the penalties upon payment of the governmental services taxes due.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121; A 2001, 294)

      NRS 371.190  Lien on vehicle for delinquent tax; seizure and sale of vehicle or removal of registration certificate and license plates; conduct of seizure and sale.

      1.  Every governmental services tax and any penalty added thereto constitute a lien upon the vehicle for which due from the date on which the tax becomes due.

      2.  The Department may collect the tax and any penalty by seizure and sale of the vehicle or, if the Department determines that it is impractical to seize and sell the vehicle, the Nevada Highway Patrol shall remove the registration certificate and license plate or plates from the vehicle and retain the certificate and plate or plates until the governmental services tax and any penalty are paid.

      3.  The seizure and sale must be conducted by the Department in the same manner as is provided by law for the seizure and sale of personal property for the collection of taxes due on personal property.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121; A 1969, 186; 2001, 295; 2005, 989)

      NRS 371.200  Notice to legal owner before sale of vehicle.  If the records of the Department indicate that the registered owner of a vehicle seized is not the legal owner thereof, the Department shall, before selling the vehicle, give notice to the legal owner of the vehicle. The notice shall be given by registered or certified mail addressed to the legal owner at his or her last known address as shown by the records of the Department at least 10 days prior to the sale.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121; A 1969, 95)

      NRS 371.210  Payment of tax, penalties and costs by legal owner before sale; return of vehicle.  At any time before the sale, the legal owner of the vehicle to be sold may pay the Department the full amount of the delinquent tax and penalty, plus any costs incurred by the Department in arranging for the sale. In this event the sale shall not be held, and the Department shall return the vehicle seized to the person entitled to its possession.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121)

      NRS 371.220  Refund of tax or penalty erroneously collected.  If the Department erroneously collects any governmental services tax or penalty not required to be paid under the provisions of this chapter, the amount must be refunded to the person who paid it upon application therefor within 3 years after the date of the payment.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121; A 2001, 295)

      NRS 371.230  Deposit of money collected to credit of Motor Vehicle Fund.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 371.1035, 482.180, 482.181 and 482.182, money collected by the Department for governmental services taxes and penalties pursuant to the provisions of this chapter must be deposited with the State Treasurer to the credit of the Motor Vehicle Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 1121; A 1975, 213; 1995, 2299; 1997, 3288; 2001, 295; 2001 Special Session, 140, 159; 2009, 2191)