HOUSE BILL 520
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
Matthew McQueen and Abbas Akhil
RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX; EXEMPTING CERTAIN SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS FROM PROPERTY TAX.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 7-36-8 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1973, Chapter 373, Section 1, as amended) is amended to read:
"7-36-8. TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM PROPERTY TAX--EXCEPTIONS.--
A. Except as provided in Subsection B of this section, tangible personal property owned by a person is exempt from property taxation.
B. The following tangible personal property owned by a person is subject to valuation and taxation under the Property Tax Code:
(2) manufactured homes;
(3) aircraft not registered under the Aircraft Registration Act;
(4) private railroad cars, the earnings of which are not taxed under the provisions of the Railroad Car Company Tax Act;
(5) tangible personal property subject to valuation under Sections 7-36-22 through 7-36-25 and 7-36-27 through 7-36-32 NMSA 1978;
(6) vehicles not registered under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code and for which the owner has claimed a deduction for depreciation for federal income tax purposes during any federal income taxable year occurring in whole or in part during the twelve months immediately preceding the first day of the property tax year; and
(7) other tangible personal property not specified in Paragraphs (1) through (6) of this subsection, except a solar energy system:
(a) that is used, produced, manufactured, held for sale, leased or maintained by a person for purposes of the person's profession, business or occupation; and
(b) for which the owner has claimed a deduction for depreciation for federal income tax purposes during any federal income taxable year occurring in whole or in part during the twelve months immediately preceding the first day of the property tax year.
C. As used in this section, "solar energy system" means a device that:
(1) is installed on a residence with a floor area no larger than three thousand square feet;
(2) includes equipment that is part of a system designed and installed to use, collect, store or distribute solar energy to provide electricity, heat or heated water to a residence where the device or equipment is installed; and
(3) includes photovoltaic panels, solar thermal technology, energy storage equipment, mounting equipment, support structures, tracking equipment, monitoring equipment or other power conditioning equipment."
SECTION 2. APPLICABILITY.--The provisions of this act apply to the 2020 and subsequent property tax years.
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