Vehicle Taxability - Watercraft

Watercraft and Outboard Motors

Watercraft and outboard motor sales are generally treated the same as motor vehicles.

  • Leases (PDF) —  This memo explains how to apply sales and use tax to a lease.
  • Motor vehicle sales to nonresidents (PDF) — Tax is due on motor vehicle sales to residents of other states if the other state charges sales tax to Ohio residents. Learn more here.

 

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 a trade-in reduce the price when calculating sales or use tax?

 

YES

NO

If a motor vehicle is traded for a new motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle in a purchase or lease agreement.

 

If a motor vehicle is traded for a used motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle in a purchase or lease agreement.

 

If a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft is traded for a new/used watercraft, outboard motor, and/or personal watercraft and the seller (located in-state or out-of-state) is, at the time of sale, licensed as a watercraft dealer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division. License format is OH NNNN ZZ.   

If a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft is traded for a new or used motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle.

 

If a vehicle is under a valid lease and the lessee is attempting to trade-in the vehicle that is titled in the name of the leasing company. Under the terms of most lease agreements, the leasing company (during the life of the lease) can only sell (transfer title for consideration) the leased vehicle to the lessee or to a dealer. If the leasing company sells the vehicle to a dealer, it is no longer available to be used as a trade-in by the lessee.  Note: The answer would be yes if the lessee purchased the leased vehicle, paid sales tax on the purchase to the leasing company, titled it in the lessee’s name, and then traded it in on the purchase of a new motor vehicle.

 

If a watercraft, outboard motor, or personal watercraft is traded for a new/used watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft and the seller (located in-state or out-of-state) is not, at the time of sale, licensed as a watercraft dealer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.    

 

If a motor vehicle is traded for a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft.

Does a trade-in reduce the price when calculating sales or use tax?

 

YES

NO

If a motor vehicle is traded for a new motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle in a purchase or lease agreement.

 

If a motor vehicle is traded for a used motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle in a purchase or lease agreement.

 

If a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft is traded for a new/used watercraft, outboard motor, and/or personal watercraft and the seller (located in-state or out-of-state) is, at the time of sale, licensed as a watercraft dealer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division. License format is OH NNNN ZZ.   

If a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft is traded for a new or used motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle.

 

If a vehicle is under a valid lease and the lessee is attempting to trade-in the vehicle that is titled in the name of the leasing company. Under the terms of most lease agreements, the leasing company (during the life of the lease) can only sell (transfer title for consideration) the leased vehicle to the lessee or to a dealer. If the leasing company sells the vehicle to a dealer, it is no longer available to be used as a trade-in by the lessee.  Note: The answer would be yes if the lessee purchased the leased vehicle, paid sales tax on the purchase to the leasing company, titled it in the lessee’s name, and then traded it in on the purchase of a new motor vehicle.

 

If a watercraft, outboard motor, or personal watercraft is traded for a new/used watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft and the seller (located in-state or out-of-state) is not, at the time of sale, licensed as a watercraft dealer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.    

 

If a motor vehicle is traded for a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft.

Does a trade-in reduce the price when calculating sales or use tax?

 

YES

NO

If a motor vehicle is traded for a new motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle in a purchase or lease agreement.

 

If a motor vehicle is traded for a used motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle in a purchase or lease agreement.

 

If a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft is traded for a new/used watercraft, outboard motor, and/or personal watercraft and the seller (located in-state or out-of-state) is, at the time of sale, licensed as a watercraft dealer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division. License format is OH NNNN ZZ.   

If a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft is traded for a new or used motor vehicle, all-purpose vehicle or off-highway motorcycle.

 

If a vehicle is under a valid lease and the lessee is attempting to trade-in the vehicle that is titled in the name of the leasing company. Under the terms of most lease agreements, the leasing company (during the life of the lease) can only sell (transfer title for consideration) the leased vehicle to the lessee or to a dealer. If the leasing company sells the vehicle to a dealer, it is no longer available to be used as a trade-in by the lessee.  Note: The answer would be yes if the lessee purchased the leased vehicle, paid sales tax on the purchase to the leasing company, titled it in the lessee’s name, and then traded it in on the purchase of a new motor vehicle.

 

If a watercraft, outboard motor, or personal watercraft is traded for a new/used watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft and the seller (located in-state or out-of-state) is not, at the time of sale, licensed as a watercraft dealer through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.    

 

If a motor vehicle is traded for a watercraft, outboard motor or personal watercraft.