Vehicle Taxability

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.

When a motor vehicle title is transferred, the price of the vehicle is reported to a Clerk of Courts Title Office and sales tax is paid on the price of the vehicle.   

 

Key Resources

Casual Sales – These sales are defined as the transfer of a motor vehicle title between two individuals who are not affiliated with a licensed dealership. Learn more here.  

Exemptions & Taxability – Ohio law allows certain vehicle transactions to be made without paying sales tax. Find out more here.

Leasing & Dealer Transactions – This link is for licensed dealerships to obtain more information on the application of sales tax to their transactions including leases.   

Aircraft – The sale of an aircraft may be subject to sales tax. This page will provide additional resources regarding the taxability of aircraft.

Watercraft & Outboard Motors – The transfer of a watercraft or outboard motor is generally taxed in the same manner as motor vehicles. Get the information you need here.

Downloads – Forms, questionnaires, and additional resources can be found on this page. Please click on the download link in order to see a list of available forms to download.

Did you receive a letter from us?  - This link will provide more information on notices that are sent and how best to respond.

 

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.

When must the clerks of courts obtain an exemption certificate or completed forms T-610 or T-615?

The clerk must obtain exemption certificates on all dealer title transfers of retail sales and forms T-610/T-615 on casual (non-dealer) title transfers if the purchaser claims one of the below exceptions/exemptions supported by an ATPS exemption code. Note: If taxes are paid on a title transfer, no exemption certificate or form T-610/T-615 is needed.

CF Commercial fishing – watercraft – commercial fishing license required
CH Church
CM Conversion – military (purchased out-of-state for use out-of-state)
CS Consolidation
DF Direct use – farming
DM Direct use – mining
DO Direct use – oil and gas
DR Research and development
DS Dissolution to stockholder with no consideration
FD Foreign diplomat – exemption card required
IS Sale of a motor vehicle as interstate commerce
IP Individual to partnership with no consideration
MO Manufacturing operation – i.e., cement mixer
MR Corporate merger with no consideration
NP Nonprofit, charitable
NR Nonresident affidavit
OD Sale of a motor vehicle/watercraft to an out-of-state dealer
PD Partnership, dissolution with no consideration
PT Nonlicensed production transportation
PU Direct use in a public utility service
RD Resale – demonstrator (dealer permit and VL required)
RI Resale – implement/equipment dealer
RM Remanufacturing – chassis or part
RS Redeemed – return sale
RV Resale – watercraft (VL required)
RW Resale – wholesale only
TH Highway transportation for hire (PUCO or ICC permit number required)
TS Transportation services (VL required)
UM Undisturbed mortgage
VF Volunteer fire department – contract basis
WH Warehousing – not licensed for highway use

When must the clerks of courts obtain an exemption certificate or completed forms T-610 or T-615?

The clerk must obtain exemption certificates on all dealer title transfers of retail sales and forms T-610/T-615 on casual (non-dealer) title transfers if the purchaser claims one of the below exceptions/exemptions supported by an ATPS exemption code. Note: If taxes are paid on a title transfer, no exemption certificate or form T-610/T-615 is needed.

CF Commercial fishing – watercraft – commercial fishing license required
CH Church
CM Conversion – military (purchased out-of-state for use out-of-state)
CS Consolidation
DF Direct use – farming
DM Direct use – mining
DO Direct use – oil and gas
DR Research and development
DS Dissolution to stockholder with no consideration
FD Foreign diplomat – exemption card required
IS Sale of a motor vehicle as interstate commerce
IP Individual to partnership with no consideration
MO Manufacturing operation – i.e., cement mixer
MR Corporate merger with no consideration
NP Nonprofit, charitable
NR Nonresident affidavit
OD Sale of a motor vehicle/watercraft to an out-of-state dealer
PD Partnership, dissolution with no consideration
PT Nonlicensed production transportation
PU Direct use in a public utility service
RD Resale – demonstrator (dealer permit and VL required)
RI Resale – implement/equipment dealer
RM Remanufacturing – chassis or part
RS Redeemed – return sale
RV Resale – watercraft (VL required)
RW Resale – wholesale only
TH Highway transportation for hire (PUCO or ICC permit number required)
TS Transportation services (VL required)
UM Undisturbed mortgage
VF Volunteer fire department – contract basis
WH Warehousing – not licensed for highway use