(a) Taxable substance
For purposes of this subchapter—
(1) In general
The term “taxable substance” means any substance which, at the time of sale or use by the importer, is listed as a taxable substance by the Secretary for purposes of this subchapter.
(2) Determination of substances on list
A substance shall be listed under paragraph (1) if—
(A) the substance is contained in the list under paragraph (3), or
(B) the Secretary determines, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commissioner of Customs, that taxable chemicals constitute more than 50 percent of the weight (or more than 50 percent of the value) of the materials used to produce such substance (determined on the basis of the predominant method of production).
If an importer or exporter of any substance requests that the Secretary determine whether such substance be listed as a taxable substance under paragraph (1) or be removed from such listing, the Secretary shall make such determination within 180 days after the date the request was filed.
(3) Initial list of taxable substances
|Ammonium nitrate||Propylene glycol|
|Polyethylene resins, total||Propylene oxide|
|Styrene-butadiene, latex||Ethylene oxide|
|Styrene-butadiene, snpf||Ethylene dichloride|
|Synthetic rubber, not containing fillers||Cyclohexane|
|Ferrochromium nov 3 pct||Phthalic anhydride|
|Ferrochrome ov 3 pct. carbon||Ethyl methyl ketone|
|Nickel waste and scrap||Carbon tetrachloride|
|Wrought nickel rods and wire||Chromic acid|
|Nickel powders||Hydrogen peroxide|
|Phenolic resins||Polystyrene homopolymer resins|
|Polystyrene resins and copolymers||Acrylic and methacrylic acid resins|
|Ethyl alcohol for nonbeverage use||Vinyl resins|
|Ethylbenzene||Vinyl resins, NSPF.|
(4) Modifications to list
The Secretary shall add to the list under paragraph (3) substances which meet either the weight or value tests of paragraph (2)(B) and may remove from such list only substances which meet neither of such tests.
(b) Other definitions
For purposes of this subchapter—
The term “importer” means the person entering the taxable substance for consumption, use, or warehousing.
(2) Taxable chemicals; United States
The terms “taxable chemical” and “United States” have the respective meanings given such terms by section 4662(a).
(c) Disposition of revenues from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
The provisions of subsections (a)(3) and (b)(3) of section 7652 shall not apply to any tax imposed by section 4671.
(Added Pub. L. 99–499, title V, §5(a), Oct. 17, 1986, 100 Stat. 1768; amended Pub. L. 100–647, title II, §2001(b), Nov. 10, 1988, 102 Stat. 3594.)
1988—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 100–647, §2001(b)(2), inserted at end “If an importer or exporter of any substance requests that the Secretary determine whether such substance be listed as a taxable substance under paragraph (1) or be removed from such listing, the Secretary shall make such determination within 180 days after the date the request was filed.”
Subsec. (a)(2)(B). Pub. L. 100–647, §2001(b)(1), inserted “(or more than 50 percent of the value)” after “weight”.
Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 100–647, §2001(b)(3), amended par. (4) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (4) read as follows:
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 100–647 effective, except as otherwise provided, as if included in the provision of the Superfund Revenue Act of 1986, Pub. L. 99–499, title V, to which it relates, see section 2001(e) of Pub. L. 100–647, set out as a note under section 56 of this title.
Section effective Jan. 1, 1989, see section 5(c) of Pub. L. 99–499, set out as a note under section 4671 of this title.
Transfer of Functions
For transfer of functions, personnel, assets, and liabilities of the United States Customs Service of the Department of the Treasury, including functions of the Secretary of the Treasury relating thereto, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 203(1), 5 (d), 552(d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.