PMAA Weekly Review
PMAA Weekly Review
PMAA Weekly Review
August 21, 2020 [WR-20-34] Sponsored by Federated Insurance
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PMAA Concerned Over Long Delays in Processing Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Claims Articles for August 21, 2020 PMAA Concerned Over Long Delays in Processing Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Claims
PMAA is hearing from petroleum marketers that they are experiencing long delays in the processing of federal motor fuel excise tax (FET) ultimate vendor claims for sales of tax included motor fuels to state and local governments and nonprofit educational organizations, kerosene and av-gas used in aviation, undyed diesel fuel for use in intercity busses, tax included kerosene sales from blocked pumps and both retroactive and current year biodiesel blender and alternative fuel tax credits. Marketers are also reporting delays in processing heavy highway vehicle use tax (HHVUT) proof of payment certificates needed for state registration of cargo tanks and IRS 637 UV registrations. Both the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS say the delays due to COVID-19 related altered working conditions. While many of the claims pay interest after 60 days, PMAA is concerned if the delays continue, they could interfere with the daily operations of marketer operations.Trump to “Personally” Get Involved on Small Refinery Exemption Requests
In response to marketers’ concerns, PMAA sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig emphasizing that many small business petroleum marketer operations could be disrupted if the delays are not resolved quickly and asked for a return to timely processing as soon as possible. Click here to read the letter.
In the meantime, petroleum marketers experiencing delays in claim and paperwork processing should call the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933, M-F between 7:00am and 7:00 local taxpayer time. Be prepared to be placed on hold for an extended period. In addition, those filing the federal heavy highway vehicle use tax should do so electronically and use the IRS Electronic Federal Tax Payment System for direct debit payment. Credit and debit cards are not accepted for payment of the HHVUT until January 1, 2021. Paper filing with payment by check is also available but expect significant delays.
Earlier this week, President Trump promised Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that he would personally get involved regarding small refiners’ biofuel blending exemption requests. Refiners have requested that the EPA grant them biofuel exemptions going back to 2012 which could allow them to circumvent a January decision from U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which said a refinery can receive new exemptions only if they have received them continuously since the program began. Senator Ernst (R-IA), who is in a tough reelection race, urged President Trump to reject the refiners’ request. Iowa is a key swing state for the President Trump to win, however, if Trump backs Senator Ernst’s request, he risks alienating refiners in Pennsylvania which is another key swing state. Although Trump won Iowa by 10 percent on 2016, he is currently in a tight race with Biden, which increases pressure on the President to dispense waivers and increase ethanol renewable fuel blending requirements for 2021. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have also been in frequent contact with the President regarding the petroleum refining industries and denying the waiver requests would harm refiners struggling to survive with the collapse in fuel demand because of the pandemic. Click here to read the story.PMAA Journal Spring Issue Online Now
Meanwhile, EPA announced yesterday that there are 98 petitions for small refinery exemptions going back to 2011. Just since June the agency has received two new petitions for 2011 and 2012, three for each of 2013, 2014 and 2015, plus one more for 2016. That brings the number of requests for "gap year" petitions to 67.
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