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Business Taxes Law Guide—Revision 2024

Sales And Use Tax Law

Revenue and Taxation Code

Division 2. Other Taxes
Part 1. Sales and Use Taxes
Chapter 1.7. Marketplace Facilitator Act

Section 6041

Article 1. General Provisions and Definitions

6041. Definitions. For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) "Marketplace" means a physical or electronic place, including, but not limited to, a store, booth, internet website, catalog, television or radio broadcast, or a dedicated sales software application, where a marketplace seller sells or offers for sale tangible personal property for delivery in this state regardless of whether the tangible personal property, marketplace seller, or marketplace has a physical presence in this state.

(b) "Marketplace facilitator" means a person who contracts with marketplace sellers to facilitate for consideration, regardless of whether deducted as fees from the transaction, the sale of the marketplace seller’s products through a marketplace operated by the person or a related person and who does both of the following:

(1) Directly or indirectly, through one or more related persons, engages in any of the following:

(A) Transmitting or otherwise communicating the offer or acceptance between the buyer and seller.

(B) Owning or operating the infrastructure, electronic or physical, or technology that brings buyers and sellers together.

(C) Providing a virtual currency that buyers are allowed or required to use to purchase products from the seller.

(D) Software development or research and development activities related to any of the activities described in paragraph (2), if such activities are directly related to a marketplace operated by the person or a related person.

(2) Directly or indirectly, through one or more related persons, engages in any of the following activities with respect to the marketplace seller’s products:

(A) Payment processing services.

(B) Fulfillment or storage services.

(C) Listing products for sale.

(D) Setting prices.

(E) Branding sales as those of the marketplace facilitator.

(F) Order taking.

(G) Providing customer service or accepting or assisting with returns or exchanges.

(c) "Marketplace seller" means a person who has an agreement with a marketplace facilitator and makes retail sales of tangible personal property through a marketplace owned, operated, or controlled by a marketplace facilitator, even if that person would not have been required to hold a seller’s permit or permits, or required to collect the taxes imposed pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 6051) or Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 6201), or a fee administered pursuant to Part 30 (commencing with Section 55001), had the sale not been made through that marketplace.

History—Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 5 (AB 147), in effect April 25, 2019, operative October 1, 2019. Amended by Stats. 2021, Ch. 421 (1402), in effect January 1, 2022, substituted "taxes" for "tax" after "or required to collect the" and added "Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 6051)" and "or a fee administered pursuant to Part 30 (commencing with Section 55001)" before and after "Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 6201)" respectively in subdivision (c).

Note.—Sec. Section 7, subd. (b) of Stats. 2019, Ch. 5 (AB 147) specifies:

Implementation of Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 6040) of Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and Section 6203.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as both proposed to be added by this act, for the 2019–20 fiscal year, is deemed an emergency and necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, or general welfare and, therefore, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is hereby authorized to adopt emergency regulations to implement those provisions during the 2019–20 fiscal year, in accordance with the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). Notwithstanding any other law, the emergency regulations adopted by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration may remain in effect for two years from the date of adoption.