Vehicle Taxability - Leasing & Dealers

Leasing and Auto Dealer Transactions

When buying a vehicle from an auto dealer, there are many options available to the consumer.  Here we will provide information on how the sales tax applies to the different transactions that may occur.

 

Leases

A lease is any transfer of the possession or control of tangible personal property for a fixed or indefinite term, for consideration. Leases include future options to purchase or extend, and agreements where the amount of consideration may be increased or decreased by reference to the amount realized upon the sale or disposition of the property.

The link below will take you to a memo drafted by the Ohio Department of Taxation explaining how leases of motor vehicles are taxed.

Leasing Memo

 

Sales to Non-Residents of Ohio

Please see the Information Release   for details.

Here's how to determine the tax due from Nonresidents who will remove the motor vehicle to one of the seven states listed below:

  1. Calculate the Ohio price of the vehicle under Ohio law, i.e., as you would for a sale to an Ohio resident, taking into account the trade-in deduction if a new vehicle is purchased.  The sales tax rate to apply to the Ohio price is 6.0%.
  2. Calculate the price in the applicable state taking into account the adjustments in the chart below, such as a trade-in allowance if permitted by the state, and apply the sales tax rate of the appropriate state listed in the chart below.  Please note that the sales tax rates listed in the chart below may be subject to change.
  3. The lesser of the two amounts must be collected as the sales tax due from the customer.

The following is the list of the states, applicable tax rate, and the adjustments required to determine the proper amount of sales tax to collect: 

State

Sales Tax Rate

Trade-In Allowance

Special Provisions

Arizona

5.60%

Yes –New and Used

 

California

7.5%

No

 

Florida

6.00%

Yes- New and Used

 

Indiana

7.00%

Yes-New and Used

Nonresident exemption for RVs and trailers with a load capacity of at least 2200 pounds

Massachusetts

6.25%

Yes-New and Used

 

Michigan

6.00%

No

 

South Carolina

5.00%

Yes-New and Used

Tax cap of $300.00

 

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.

How is tax paid on golf carts?

Generally, golf carts cannot be used on public highways and are not titled as motor vehicles. However, a municipality may pass an ordinance that allows the use of golf carts on public streets. A chief of police or county sheriff may designate certain public highways under their jurisdiction as eligible for golf cart use. If so, the chief of police or county sheriff sends notification to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the BMV would provide a letter of authority to the clerk of courts with jurisdiction over the affected area. 

In such cases, the owner of a golf cart that is not currently used on public highways may want to obtain a title. The clerk of courts may issue the title without payment of the sales tax if the owner of the golf cart provides proof of tax paid at the time of the initial purchase.

Golf cart dealers are not required to have a dealer permit from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  Such dealers must collect the tax and remit it to the state on their Ohio sales tax return, unless the purchaser has a statutory basis for claiming exception or exemption. If a title is requested, the clerk of courts may allow credit for the tax paid to the dealer, and collect the difference due, if any.

How is tax paid on golf carts?

Generally, golf carts cannot be used on public highways and are not titled as motor vehicles. However, a municipality may pass an ordinance that allows the use of golf carts on public streets. A chief of police or county sheriff may designate certain public highways under their jurisdiction as eligible for golf cart use. If so, the chief of police or county sheriff sends notification to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the BMV would provide a letter of authority to the clerk of courts with jurisdiction over the affected area. 

In such cases, the owner of a golf cart that is not currently used on public highways may want to obtain a title. The clerk of courts may issue the title without payment of the sales tax if the owner of the golf cart provides proof of tax paid at the time of the initial purchase.

Golf cart dealers are not required to have a dealer permit from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  Such dealers must collect the tax and remit it to the state on their Ohio sales tax return, unless the purchaser has a statutory basis for claiming exception or exemption. If a title is requested, the clerk of courts may allow credit for the tax paid to the dealer, and collect the difference due, if any.

How is tax paid on golf carts?

Generally, golf carts cannot be used on public highways and are not titled as motor vehicles. However, a municipality may pass an ordinance that allows the use of golf carts on public streets. A chief of police or county sheriff may designate certain public highways under their jurisdiction as eligible for golf cart use. If so, the chief of police or county sheriff sends notification to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the BMV would provide a letter of authority to the clerk of courts with jurisdiction over the affected area. 

In such cases, the owner of a golf cart that is not currently used on public highways may want to obtain a title. The clerk of courts may issue the title without payment of the sales tax if the owner of the golf cart provides proof of tax paid at the time of the initial purchase.

Golf cart dealers are not required to have a dealer permit from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  Such dealers must collect the tax and remit it to the state on their Ohio sales tax return, unless the purchaser has a statutory basis for claiming exception or exemption. If a title is requested, the clerk of courts may allow credit for the tax paid to the dealer, and collect the difference due, if any.