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.

Does the winner of a raffle, contest or lottery owe any Ohio sales or use tax?

Raffle or Contest Winner

The winner of a raffle or contest does not owe Ohio sales or use tax, as he/she has not paid a “price” for the item received.  The sponsor of the raffle or contest, however, may be subject to Ohio sales or use tax.  The Department of Taxation requires the local clerk of courts to provide a copy of the MSO/title assigned to the winner of the raffle or contest and a copy of the title issued in the name of the winner. The Department will determine if the sponsor or contributor must pay sales or use tax.

Ohio Lottery Winner

The winner of a motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle, off-highway motorcycle, watercraft or outboard motor (or any other item of tangible personal property) through one of the lottery games must take possession of the item won. The Ohio Lottery Commission purchases the item in the name of the lottery winner and taxes will be paid on the purchase price. If the item is required to be titled, taxes will be paid to the local Clerk of Courts by the dealer (lottery commissioner will pay the dealer the price of the vehicle and the tax as part of lottery prize payment) at the time the title is issued.

Does the winner of a raffle, contest or lottery owe any Ohio sales or use tax?

Raffle or Contest Winner

The winner of a raffle or contest does not owe Ohio sales or use tax, as he/she has not paid a “price” for the item received.  The sponsor of the raffle or contest, however, may be subject to Ohio sales or use tax.  The Department of Taxation requires the local clerk of courts to provide a copy of the MSO/title assigned to the winner of the raffle or contest and a copy of the title issued in the name of the winner. The Department will determine if the sponsor or contributor must pay sales or use tax.

Ohio Lottery Winner

The winner of a motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle, off-highway motorcycle, watercraft or outboard motor (or any other item of tangible personal property) through one of the lottery games must take possession of the item won. The Ohio Lottery Commission purchases the item in the name of the lottery winner and taxes will be paid on the purchase price. If the item is required to be titled, taxes will be paid to the local Clerk of Courts by the dealer (lottery commissioner will pay the dealer the price of the vehicle and the tax as part of lottery prize payment) at the time the title is issued.