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Section: Premium receipts tax for surplus lines coverage.

Statute: 17:22-6.59

25. The premiums charged for surplus lines coverages are subject to a premium receipts tax of 5% of all gross premiums less any return premiums charged for such insurance. The surplus lines agent shall collect from the insured, either directly or through the originating broker, the amount of the tax, in addition to the full amount of the gross premium charged by the insurer for the insurance; provided, however, that the tax on any unearned portion of the premium shall be returned to the policyholder by the surplus lines agent. The surplus lines agent is prohibited from absorbing such tax, or, as an inducement for insurance or for any other reason, rebating all or any part of such tax or of his commission. The surplus lines agent shall forward to the commissioner together with his quarterly report submitted pursuant to section 24 of P.L.1960, c.32 (C.17:22-6.58) a check in the amount of the premium receipts tax due for that period made out to "the State of New Jersey," except that where the policies cover fire insurance on property in any municipality or portion of a township, or fire district in this State, which now has or may hereafter have, a duly incorporated firemen's relief association, 3% of the premium receipts tax covering such insurance shall be paid to the treasurer of the New Jersey State Firemen's Association and the remaining 2% of the premium receipts tax shall be forwarded to the commissioner. The tax imposed hereunder, if delinquent, shall be subject to the provisions of R.S.54:49-3 and R.S.54:49-4. The check covering taxes paid under the provisions of this act shall be forwarded by the commissioner to the Director of the Division of Taxation and that portion of the premiums representing fire insurance shall be distributed by him in the amount now or hereafter provided by law as to taxes collected by him from fire insurance companies of other states and foreign countries. The commissioner shall ascertain and report to the Director of the Division of Taxation all facts necessary to enable the director to ascertain, fix and collect the amount of the tax to be paid by each licensee subject thereto under this act. If a surplus lines policy covers risks or exposures only partially in this State, the tax payable shall be computed on the portion of the premium which is properly allocable to the risks or exposures located in this State. This section does not apply as to insurance of or with respect to insurance of risks of the State Government or its agencies, or of any county or municipality or of any agency thereof. L.1960, c.32, s.25; amended 1996, c.69, s.8; 2009, c.75, s.4.

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