Motor Fuel Gas Tax refund for Charter Boats.

From the desk of Secretary John Giszczak

After talking to a number of captains, I realized there are still a number who are not claiming the “road” fuel tax for their charter operations. It’s a fairly easy procedure albeit a little time consuming on your part but well worth it.

To qualify “charter boats must have certificate of inspection from the DNR” showing you are a commercial vessel. The entire process must be done online. The way to sign up for the rebate is to call the Motor Fuel Tax Division in Lansing 517- 636-4600.

Once you are registered, the whole process is online only.

You will be required to scan your receipts (must be scans of the original invoices) and submit them on the state website – You must file a refund claim within 6 months of the date of purchase. If you trailer your boat and purchase fuel from a gas station I don’t know if you qualify but the folks in Lansing will tell you how, if it’s possible. My fuel is purchased at a marina with a detailed receipt, name of business, address, phone, exact amount of gallons purchased, marked “paid in full”, signed and dated by the marina. Most marina fuel docks provide similar fuel invoices.

For fuel purchased January 1, 2024 and after – Gasoline rebate is $.30 per gallon. The people that staff this division are very helpful and actually answer the phone. They will guide you through the registration and submission steps.

Motor Fuel Tax Division 517-636-4600