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§ 4161. Imposition of tax
(a) Sport fishing equipment
(1) Imposition of tax
(A) In general

There is hereby imposed on the sale of any article of sport fishing equipment by the manufacturer, producer, or importer a tax equal to 10 percent of the price for which so sold.

(B) Limitation on tax imposed on fishing rods and poles

The tax imposed by subparagraph (A) on any fishing rod or pole shall not exceed $10.

(2) 3 percent rate of tax for electric outboard motors

In the case of an electric outboard motor, paragraph (1) shall be applied by substituting “3 percent” for “10 percent”.

(3) 3 percent rate of tax for tackle boxes
(4) Parts or accessories sold in connection with taxable sale

In the case of any sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of any article of sport fishing equipment, such article shall be treated as including any parts or accessories of such article sold on or in connection therewith or with the sale thereof.

(b) Bows and arrows, etc.
(1) Bows
(A) In general

There is hereby imposed on the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of any bow which has a peak draw weight of 30 pounds or more, a tax equal to 11 percent of the price for which so sold.

(B) Archery equipmentThere is hereby imposed on the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer—
(i) of any part or accessory suitable for inclusion in or attachment to a bow described in subparagraph (A), and
(ii) of any quiver, broadhead, or point suitable for use with an arrow described in paragraph (2),
a tax equal to 11 percent of the price for which so sold.
(2) Arrows
(A) In generalThere is hereby imposed on the first sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of any shaft (whether sold separately or incorporated as part of a finished or unfinished product) of a type used in the manufacture of any arrow which after its assembly—
(i) measures 18 inches overall or more in length, or
(ii) measures less than 18 inches overall in length but is suitable for use with a bow described in paragraph (1)(A),
a tax equal to 39 cents per shaft.
(B) Exemption for certain wooden arrow shaftsSubparagraph (A) shall not apply to any shaft consisting of all natural wood with no laminations or artificial means of enhancing the spine of such shaft (whether sold separately or incorporated as part of a finished or unfinished product) of a type used in the manufacture of any arrow which after its assembly—
(i) measures 516 of an inch or less in diameter, and
(ii) is not suitable for use with a bow described in paragraph (1)(A).
(C) Adjustment for inflation
(i) In generalIn the case of any calendar year beginning after 2005, the 39-cent amount specified in subparagraph (A) shall be increased by an amount equal to the product of—(I) such amount, multiplied by(II) the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for such calendar year, determined by substituting “2004” for “2016” in subparagraph (A)(ii) thereof.
(ii) Rounding

If any increase determined under clause (i) is not a multiple of 1 cent, such increase shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of 1 cent.

(3) Coordination with subsection (a)

No tax shall be imposed under this subsection with respect to any article taxable under subsection (a).

(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 489; Pub. L. 89–44, title II, § 205(a), June 21, 1965, 79 Stat. 140; Pub. L. 92–558, title II, § 201(a), Oct. 25, 1972, 86 Stat. 1173; Pub. L. 98–369, div. A, title X, §§ 1015(a), 1017(a), (b), July 18, 1984, 98 Stat. 1017, 1021; Pub. L. 99–514, title XVIII, § 1899A(48), Oct. 22, 1986, 100 Stat. 2961; Pub. L. 105–34, title XIV, § 1433(a), Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 1051; Pub. L. 108–357, title III, §§ 332(a)–(c), 333(a), Oct. 22, 2004, 118 Stat. 1477, 1478; Pub. L. 108–493, § 1(a)–(c), Dec. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 3984; Pub. L. 109–59, title XI, § 11117(a), (b), Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1951; Pub. L. 109–135, title IV, § 412(uu), Dec. 21, 2005, 119 Stat. 2640; Pub. L. 110–343, div. C, title V, § 503(a), Oct. 3, 2008, 122 Stat. 3877; Pub. L. 115–97, title I, § 11002(d)(11), Dec. 22, 2017, 131 Stat. 2062.)