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.



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.

Is a dealer required to title a “parts truck” and pay tax when the title is issued?

Yes.  When a dealer removes a vehicle from inventory (or purchases a vehicle from another dealer) and utilizes the vehicle as a parts vehicle, the dealer must title the vehicle in the dealer’s name and remit sales or use tax on the dealer’s acquisition cost. If the dealer purchased the vehicle, the “price” upon which sales tax is calculated is the purchase price. If the dealer acquired the vehicle through trade, the “price” upon which tax is calculated is the value of the trade-in allowance granted when the vehicle was acquired.