Author: California Department of Tax and Fee Adminstration Published: Nov 15, 2019 Sacramento, California
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) recently adopted Regulation 3700, Cannabis Excise and Cultivation Taxes, which addresses and clarifies the Cannabis Tax Law regarding the administration of the cannabis excise and cultivation taxes. The effective date of the regulation is September 4, 2019, unless otherwise specified in the regulation.
New wholesale cost definition
Effective January 1, 2020, the wholesale cost definition will mean the amount paid by the cannabis retailer for cannabis or cannabis products, including transportation charges. The wholesale cost plus a mark-up rate determined by the CDTFA is used to determine the average market price of the cannabis or cannabis products sold in an arm’s length transaction. The 15 percent cannabis excise tax applies to the average market price of cannabis or cannabis products sold in a retail sale. Prior to January 1, 2020, the wholesale cost is the amount paid by the retailer, including transportation charges and adding back any discounts or trade allowances.
Cannabis or cannabis products sold with cannabis accessories
Generally, the 15 percent cannabis excise tax does not apply to accessories. However, when a distributor does not separately state the sales price of the cannabis or cannabis products sold or transferred with cannabis accessories (for example, vape cartridges) to a cannabis retailer, the cost of the accessory is included in the calculation of the average market price when determining the cannabis excise tax due.
Other miscellaneous changes