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 a utility trailer taxed and where is the tax paid?

Trailers that weigh 4,000 pounds or more must be titled as a motor vehicle and are taxed as any other motor vehicle.

Trailers that weigh less than 4,000 pounds are not titled as motor vehicles. While they are still subject to sales or use tax, the tax must be collected by the Ohio vendor or registered out-of-state seller and remitted directly to the State of Ohio.  If the seller is not a vendor in Ohio and is not registered as an out-of-state seller, the consumer must pay consumer’s use tax.  The use tax can be remitted as a voluntary payment using our VP-USE form found on our Web site at Tax Forms, or the use tax can be paid on the state income tax return.

How is a utility trailer taxed and where is the tax paid?

Trailers that weigh 4,000 pounds or more must be titled as a motor vehicle and are taxed as any other motor vehicle.

Trailers that weigh less than 4,000 pounds are not titled as motor vehicles. While they are still subject to sales or use tax, the tax must be collected by the Ohio vendor or registered out-of-state seller and remitted directly to the State of Ohio.  If the seller is not a vendor in Ohio and is not registered as an out-of-state seller, the consumer must pay consumer’s use tax.  The use tax can be remitted as a voluntary payment using our VP-USE form found on our Web site at Tax Forms, or the use tax can be paid on the state income tax return.

How is a utility trailer taxed and where is the tax paid?

Trailers that weigh 4,000 pounds or more must be titled as a motor vehicle and are taxed as any other motor vehicle.

Trailers that weigh less than 4,000 pounds are not titled as motor vehicles. While they are still subject to sales or use tax, the tax must be collected by the Ohio vendor or registered out-of-state seller and remitted directly to the State of Ohio.  If the seller is not a vendor in Ohio and is not registered as an out-of-state seller, the consumer must pay consumer’s use tax.  The use tax can be remitted as a voluntary payment using our VP-USE form found on our Web site at Tax Forms, or the use tax can be paid on the state income tax return.