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.

If a motor vehicle is leased to an Ohio resident by an out of state dealer, how is the tax collected and remitted?

An out of state dealer would charge and collect the tax on the basis as an in-state dealer, that is, on the entire amount the customer would pay over the term of the lease. The tax can be remitted to Ohio in one of two ways.

If the out of state dealer makes frequent leases to Ohio customers, the dealer should register for an Ohio Seller’s Use Tax account on form UT-1000. The tax will be paid when filing sales tax return UST-1.

If the dealer seldom leases a vehicle to Ohio residents, the dealer may submit a copy of the lease agreement, and a check for the tax made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio.

Send both to:

Ohio Department of Taxation

Sales Tax Division

P.O. Box 530

Columbus, OH 43266-0530

If a motor vehicle is leased to an Ohio resident by an out of state dealer, how is the tax collected and remitted?

An out of state dealer would charge and collect the tax on the basis as an in-state dealer, that is, on the entire amount the customer would pay over the term of the lease. The tax can be remitted to Ohio in one of two ways.

If the out of state dealer makes frequent leases to Ohio customers, the dealer should register for an Ohio Seller’s Use Tax account on form UT-1000. The tax will be paid when filing sales tax return UST-1.

If the dealer seldom leases a vehicle to Ohio residents, the dealer may submit a copy of the lease agreement, and a check for the tax made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio.

Send both to:

Ohio Department of Taxation

Sales Tax Division

P.O. Box 530

Columbus, OH 43266-0530