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.

 

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 in which you are interested.  A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear.

If a motor vehicle dealer accepts cash down payments, must the motor vehicle dealer charge sales tax when the vehicle is to be leased? If yes, how is the tax paid?

Cash down payments are subject to the sales tax.   

Prior to Feb. 1, 2002, if a down payment was collected by the leasing dealer, the leasing dealer would also collect the sales tax. The leasing dealer would then remit the tax to the State of Ohio, like any other sales tax payment.

If a down payment is paid to the motor vehicle dealer, the motor vehicle dealer will also collect the sales tax and either remit it directly to the State of Ohio on the dealer's transient sales tax return or forward it to the leasing dealer so that the leasing dealer can remit it to the State of Ohio.

Note:  In either of these situations, tax is not remitted to Clerks of Courts because the motor vehicle will be titled in the leasing company’s name under the "Resale - leasing" exemption.

As of Feb. 1, 2002, the dealer collects the cash down payment as part of the price paid for the lease of the motor vehicle, watercraft or outboard motor. It is charged at the rate in the lessee’s county of residence, and remitted to the State of Ohio on the dealer’s transient vendor’s license.

If a motor vehicle dealer accepts cash down payments, must the motor vehicle dealer charge sales tax when the vehicle is to be leased? If yes, how is the tax paid?

Cash down payments are subject to the sales tax.   

Prior to Feb. 1, 2002, if a down payment was collected by the leasing dealer, the leasing dealer would also collect the sales tax. The leasing dealer would then remit the tax to the State of Ohio, like any other sales tax payment.

If a down payment is paid to the motor vehicle dealer, the motor vehicle dealer will also collect the sales tax and either remit it directly to the State of Ohio on the dealer's transient sales tax return or forward it to the leasing dealer so that the leasing dealer can remit it to the State of Ohio.

Note:  In either of these situations, tax is not remitted to Clerks of Courts because the motor vehicle will be titled in the leasing company’s name under the "Resale - leasing" exemption.

As of Feb. 1, 2002, the dealer collects the cash down payment as part of the price paid for the lease of the motor vehicle, watercraft or outboard motor. It is charged at the rate in the lessee’s county of residence, and remitted to the State of Ohio on the dealer’s transient vendor’s license.