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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tried to register my car in TX the other day after returning from overseas assignment. Bastards want me to pay state taxes on it for the current market value of the car, unless I can find the original sales paperwork from 5+ years ago when I bought the car, registered, & paid South Dakota state taxes. The sales paperwork is long gone, but I had original export/import docs & customs stamp on my title from when I shipped the car to Germany under military orders.

I politely told the tax office that there must be a misunderstanding, but was quickly informed that this is the policy whenever registering any vehicle with out-of-state plates & had nothing to do with me living in Europe. I could get credit for the 3% SD tax I paid & just pay the remaining 4% (or whatever amount), but only if I could prove the purchase price & find a receipt for taxes paid.

Texas, you're a greedy b****. Called South Dakota & they sent me a new set of plates for $19.26. Just saved $1000-3000 on tax (depending on how TX would value the car) & I don't have to worry about that pesky front plate or silly state inspection. I'm a proud Texan, but seriously, F* Texas.
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That's crazy! I am military and registered my elise (bought while I'm in WA from a dude in Florida) as a tx car so I could have the cheaper sales tax. They were super friendly and easy.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 01:27 AM
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$h!t...I only paid $90 sale's tax when I imported my car from over seas... I just got mine done this last April...

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@OP, I think you'd find that to be a fairly standard practice in most states.

In Maryland they don't call it a sales tax, but it's calculated using the state's sales tax rate.

When you go to register the car you own, say you move here from somewhere else, they want to see what you paid in the 'sales' tax, and that would be deducted from what you would owe them in sales tax.

I'm sorry, but it's a pretty common practice (not saying it's fair or right, just common).

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The thing that pissed me off about registering my car after buying out of state is that they used "Blue Book Value" which was about 10K higher than what I paid for the car. Didn't matter what I actually paid, they based the tax evaluation on what they had.

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Thanks 4380, I feel better knowing I'm not just being singled out. Regardless, I won't ever get TX plates for this car.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 08:15 AM
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This varies widely from state to state. In TX, this is one of the ways they make up for not having state income tax. A couple decades ago, FL basically charged a ($300?) fee for registering cars from out of state. AZ used to (may still) charge an ownership tax based on the 'original value' of the car, depreciated on a 17 year straight line. When I moved to AZ, it cost more to register my 10 year old car than it did to register it new in CO. I'm not sure how they determined 'original value', as it wasn't what I paid for it and I was never asked for any documentation.

Some states offer a bounty for reporting out of state plates on residents' cars. Not sure if TX is one of those.

When I was working in FL for a year, I had my CO plates ripped off. It was kind of a pain to get replacement plates as CO didn't want to mail them to an out of state address.

For a few years, my parents had TX plates on one vehicle, CO plates on another, OR plates on their RV, and AZ drivers licenses. I'm sure that would have caused an interesting conversation had they ever been pulled over for some traffic violation.
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