Vehicle Taxability - Letter Response Topics

Did you receive a letter from us?

All title transfers and exemption claims on motor vehicles and other equipment is regularly audited by the Ohio Department of Taxation in accordance with Ohio Revised Code (RC) 4505.09(B)(2)(c) and 5739.13 to verify if the sales tax liability has been satisfied.


Motor Vehicle Casual Sales

There are three types of audit letters that we send. The recipients’ responses to these letters help us to review casual sales transactions to determine if a sales tax is owed.  They can be identified by the letter name in the left, lower corner. The letters are: TTST0001 (seller inquiry), TTST0002 (buyer inquiry) and TTST0003 (buyer tax due).


Sales/Use Tax Exemption Audit

There are many different types of audit letters that we send out to validate the exemption claim.  They can be identified by the header information on the top on the page, and the box which specifies exemption type claimed.

Information regarding what to provide when responding to these letters can be found in our drop down list below.



Frequently Asked Questions Tool

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

To view the questions, click on the "Select Category" bar and then click on  the category you are interested in.  A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear. For information on how to respond to the letter you received, click on the letter type.

Casual Sale TTST0003 Letter (Tax Due)

This letter is sent to notify the buyer of a vehicle, watercraft or onboard motor that additional tax is owed. The Department of Taxation has received information that the actual consideration given for the vehicle, watercraft or onboard motor was more than the price listed on the title of the motor vehicle.

How do I respond?

You may pay the additional tax without interest or penalty by check or money order made payable to Ohio Treasurer of State. All payments need to be mailed with a copy of the notice to:

            Ohio Department of Taxation

            PO Box 182048

            Columbus, OH 43218-2048

If you disagree with the actual purchase price on the letter, you must provide written proof (i.e., notarized statement from the seller, bill of sale, copy of cancelled check) of the correct purchase price. Include a copy of your notice when replying with additional information. All responses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine validity.

Any false representation of the price is in violation of section 2921.13 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Violation of this section is punishable by six months imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

Failure to respond by the date given on the letter will result in the issuance of an assessment.  The assessment will be issued for the tax on the notice, interest, and applicable penalty.