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.

Casual Sale TTST0001 (Outboard Motor or Watercraft Seller Inquiry)

This letter is sent to the seller of the watercraft or outboard motor to verify the consideration received.

How do I respond?

Line 1 – Place the amount of money you received for the watercraft or outboard motor.

Line 2 – Did the buyer take over your loan to pay off the watercraft or outboard motor?  If so, place the amount of the loan balance that the buyer took over on this line. Any amount used to pay off your loan that was received from the buyer should also be placed on this line, even if you did not physically receive the payment.

Line 3 - Did you trade watercraft or outboard motor? If you did, write down the watercraft or outboard motor you received and a fair market value for this vehicle.

Line 4 – Did you receive other goods or services for the watercraft or outboard motor instead of money? If so, write down what you received and assign a fair market value to those goods or services.

Line 5 – Add up the amounts listed on lines 1 through 4 and place the total on this line.

Line 6 – Assign a condition to the watercraft or outboard motor to the best of your knowledge.

Line 7 – A daytime contact number is needed in case there are any additional questions.

Line 8 - This area is provided in case there are any other relevant details relating to this transaction.

Any false representation of the price is in violation of section 2921.13 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Violation of this section is punishable by six months imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.