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Old 03-02-2010, 07:37 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My son is in the military. He bought a car in SC, he registered it in OH, but he lives in GA and has now just registered it in GA.

When he bought it in SC, they said he did not need to pay the sales tax. I don't know why. He has just gotten a notice from OH saying he owes it to OH.

Does he?
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Every car I have ever purchased here in Tennessee I have had to pay tax on when I go get the license plates. Just paid $$ on getting plates for my 91 Caprice today.

IMO, once tax is paid on a car when its NEW, that should be it.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Every vehicle I have bought new or used, you pay sales tax to the State you first register it.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Sales tax is generally paid in the state it is registered in. If it is still in the state of previous registration then the tax would be the state tax of record. The city of which it was registered in gets a % of the tax paid.

If registering into another state (different plates) then tax would be paid at the NEW state and their fee.

Now if the person is in the military I do believe there is a different set of rules exempting them from registering the car due to possible short tour in that state.

Here in San Diego Ca I once in a while see a sailor driving a car with out of state plates...calif has a law that people are supposed to register their car within 10 days of being in the state. Servicemen are all at a temporary duty station and may leave any time.

Hope my confusing answer helps.

Steve
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If he's in the military he needs to change his home of record away from Ohio to some low tax state - I can't say off the top of my head which one is right but Ohio is IMHO definitely wrong.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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Don't know about other states, but California does NOT charge sales tax on a used vehicle, they charge "Used Tax". It just happens to be the same amount as sales tax...
When you make the rules, you can get around anything...!
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Each state varies, but yes, I can explain.

Someone sold a consumer a good, and it gets taxed, like everything else.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Each state varies, but yes, I can explain.

Someone sold a consumer a good, and it gets taxed, like everything else.
Ok, I get that the tax needs to be paid to someone, and I guess they did not collect it in SC because it was not registered in SC. I suppose since it was registered first in OH, then they are right to be asking for it.
All of my sons who were in the military kept their home state (OH) as their state of residence even though they were home owners in other states...a concept I really find confusing.
Anyhow, thanks everyone for weighing in.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Sales tax is generally paid in the state it is registered in. If it is still in the state of previous registration then the tax would be the state tax of record. The city of which it was registered in gets a % of the tax paid.

If registering into another state (different plates) then tax would be paid at the NEW state and their fee.

Now if the person is in the military I do believe there is a different set of rules exempting them from registering the car due to possible short tour in that state.

Here in San Diego Ca I once in a while see a sailor driving a car with out of state plates...calif has a law that people are supposed to register their car within 10 days of being in the state. Servicemen are all at a temporary duty station and may leave any time.

Hope my confusing answer helps.

Steve
Steve, are you saying that despite the fact it was first registered in OH, my son should pay the sales tax to GA, since that's where the car is registered now? Or should he obay the notice he got and pay OH?
I trust he will figure this out himself, but he's my baby and I'm used to trying to fix everything for him...gives me something to do, LOL.
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Ok, I get that the tax needs to be paid to someone, and I guess they did not collect it in SC because it was not registered in SC. I suppose since it was registered first in OH, then they are right to be asking for it.
All of my sons who were in the military kept their home state (OH) as their state of residence even though they were home owners in other states...a concept I really find confusing.
Anyhow, thanks everyone for weighing in.

If he bought it in SC but registered it in OH, the dealership he bought it from sent all the relevant paperwork to OH.

You pay the taxes where you register it, so he was exempt from SC taxes but not Ohio taxes.
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