“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” --Winston Churchill
The REST workshop scheduled for this Wednesday (6/7/17) at 10am has been canceled. No future date has been set at this time. CANCELED - June 7, 2017, 10am: Special Open Meeting/Workshop - REST Review Workshop - Hearing Room One, 1200 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, Docket No. E-00000Q-16-0289
The date is not yet set as of 7/19/17, but a major change is coming for new APS residential customers. The Corporation Commission will soon schedule hearings for the APS 2017 residential implementation plan. When the plan is approved, a cut-off date will be established after which new APS residential photovoltaic systems will no longer benefit from Net Metering. The Solar Center will publish the approved policy as soon as it is set. If your home is in APS service territory and you want the better deal, you must have filed a complete application package with APS prior to the deadline. The link below provides the current detail:
AriSEIA reported this past November that the TPT exemption covering the installation of solar energy systems would expire at the end of the year with new regulations going into effect on January 1, 2017. A bill was introduced in the last session of the Arizona Legislature to make the exception permanent, but it did not receive a hearing. Since there was no bill passed to extend the exemption, the new regulations are in effect. Below is the notice TEP sent to its contractors:
The First Regular Session of the 53rd Arizona Legislature adjourned last week and we wanted to make you aware of an important change that may affect your tax liability as a solar contractor. As of January 1, 2017, the gross proceeds of sales or gross income derived from a contract to provide and install a solar energy device are now taxable under the State of Arizona’s transaction privilege tax statute (see Arizona Revised Statutes Section 42-5075.B.13). An exemption for this activity had been enacted in 1996 with a sunset date of January 1, 2017. A legislator in UES’ service territory, Senator Sonny Borelli (R - Lake Havasu City), had introduced legislation that would have eliminated the sunset date and made the tax exemption permanent. However, the bill did not receive a hearing and this exemption is no longer effective as of January 1, 2017. Additionally, a policy rider effecting the exemption was not included in the budget signed by Governor Ducey.
From December 31, 1996 and up to January 1, 2017, the gross proceeds of sales or gross income derived from a contract to provide and install a solar energy device (commonly called Sales Tax in Arizona) were exempt. It appears that this is no longer the situation and sales of solar devices may be subject to sales tax (TPT). Thank your legislators.
Editorial Note: A review of the Arizona Revised Statutes http://www.azleg.gov/arstitle/ Title 42-5061 (M) on 6-6-2017 indicates "M. There shall be deducted from the tax base the amount received from sales of solar energy devices.....". Apparently only contracting is affected by the above TPT change. Watch this space for updates as the Arizona solar industry researches this subject.
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