The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 001 : General Provisions(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 9703)
§ 9703. Liability for tax
(a) Every person required to collect any tax imposed by this chapter or to pay it to the commissioner as required by this chapter shall be personally and individually liable for the amount of such tax together with such interest and penalty as has accrued under the provisions of section 3202 of this title; and if the person is a corporation or other entity, the personal liability shall extend and be applicable to any officer or agent of the corporation or entity who as an officer or agent of the same is under a duty to collect the tax and transmit it to the Commissioner as required in this chapter.
(b) Any sum or sums collected in accordance with this chapter shall be deemed to be held by the person in trust for the State of Vermont. Such sums shall be recorded by such person in a ledger account so as to clearly indicate the amount of tax collected, and that the same are the property of the State of Vermont.
(c) Such person shall have the same rights in collecting the tax from his or her purchaser or regarding nonpayment of the tax by the purchaser as if the tax were a part of the purchase price of the property, telecommunications service or amusement charge, as the case may be, and payable at the same time; provided, however, if the person required to collect the tax has failed to remit any portion of the tax to the Commissioner, that the Commissioner shall be notified of any action or proceeding brought by such person to collect the tax and shall have the right to intervene in such action or proceeding.
(d) A person required to collect the tax may also refund or credit to the purchaser any tax erroneously, illegally, or unconstitutionally collected. No cause of action that may exist under State law shall accrue against the seller for the tax collected unless the purchaser has provided written notice to a seller, and the seller has had 60 days to respond. Such notice must contain such information necessary to determine the validity of the request. A seller who uses either a provider or a system, including a proprietary system, that is certified by the State and who has remitted to the State all taxes collected less any deductions, credits, or collected allowances shall be presumed to have a reasonable business practice. (Added 1969, No. 144, § 1, eff. June 1, 1969; amended 1989, No. 222 (Adj. Sess.), § 23, eff. May 31, 1990; 1997, No. 50, § 32, eff. June 26, 1997; 1997, No. 60, § 78, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; 1999, No. 49, § 63, eff. June 2, 1999; 2003, No. 152 (Adj. Sess.), § 20, eff. date, see note below.)