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Old 06-21-2004, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default No Sales tax on Cars in Oregon?

I am curious, is there sales tax on vehicles purchased in Oregon new or used? An if there is no tax, what would keep a buyer from another state from purchasing said vehicle from Oregon and bringing it back to their home state?

California DMV states that a car purchased in another state that is brought back to California within 90 days is subject to a use tax, which is basically sales tax (same county based rate). If someone were to buy a car in Oregon, leave it in storage for 90+ days, then bring the car back to their home state and register it, would that alleviate the tax liability?

I figured you guys/gals would know since some of you live in the lovely state of Oregon or surrounding states. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-21-2004, 06:06 PM   #2
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Yes, it is true, no sales tax of any sort in Oregon, not even on vehicles.

As far as dodging the tax as a resident of another state, don't even try. You would have to lawfully change your location of residency to Oregon for registration purposes for the duration of any loophole (the 90 days in California - longer in most states, like Washington), not to mention where your income comes from (to close the door on further investigation by your home states' DMV). And putting it in storage (thus, 0 miles) would raise red flags when you go to register in your home state.

Basically, there isn't any convenient or practical way around paying the use tax on vehicles, because it is a signifigant amount of money, and states like money.

Oh yeah, and to make up for no sales tax in Oregon, we have a high personal income tax, ~9% if you make any sort of decent money And it is a much better proposition to curb spending to avoid taxation than to curb earning
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Old 06-21-2004, 06:21 PM   #3
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I figured there wasn't a way around it, but hey, I tried. Thanks for the reply.

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Old 06-21-2004, 08:18 PM   #4
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I thought there used to be some thing about being able to do that with one vehicle over a certain amount of time.

Also, I think Oregonians get agitated when out-of-staters try to buy big ticket items there. I bought a video camera down there and the sales person says, "Oh, a Washington resident huh? Pretty nice no sales tax down here right??" And the manager was looking at me sideways. Whatev.
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Old 06-21-2004, 08:43 PM   #5
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There is no sales tax for WA residents that buy things in Oregon,
but there is a use tax that is the same rate as your county sales tax.
That is if you use the item in the state of Washington.

http://www.dor.wa.gov/content/home/qa/tax_QA_Use.aspx
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Old 06-21-2004, 09:25 PM   #6
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If the vehicle being purchased was used, would you still need to be an OR resident to take ownership? I wouldn't think so. I can see your local (CA) DMV coming down on a new vehicle being purchased out of state, but the right used vehicle is harder to find (especially an STi).

Anyway, this is what the CA DMV states:

"Use Tax-This tax is similar to sales tax. It is collected at the same rate as your county of residence. It is due on all vehicles purchased in California and on those brought into this state within 90 days of purchase. Any sales taxes paid out-of-state will be considered when computing the use tax due this state. This fee is due for ownership transfer of recently purchased vehicles."

This is in addition to the usual VLF and various county fees.
Tell me what you all think.

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Old 06-21-2004, 09:51 PM   #7
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Went to the Oregon DMV site... "To be eligible for Oregon registration, you must be a resident of or domiciled in Oregon or otherwise eligible..."

I was willing to go around the law, but not break it. Oh well, was just trying to make it that much easier to convince myself to buy an STi.


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Old 06-21-2004, 10:37 PM   #8
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If you buy a used car in Oregon and live in Washigton, you have to take it to the state patraol and have it inspected before getting a plate. You then have to pay the tax on it, no way to get around it. If you keep an Oregon plate on it and live in Washignton, then you can expect a $5K fine.

If you buy new, the dealer will take the tax out period.

<<-- Did a summer internship with the WSP in the licensing division back when we had to pay big bucks to license.
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:09 PM   #9
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If you buy a used car in Oregon and live in Washigton, you have to take it to the state patraol and have it inspected before getting a plate. You then have to pay the tax on it, no way to get around it. If you keep an Oregon plate on it and live in Washignton, then you can expect a $5K fine.

If you buy new, the dealer will take the tax out period.

<<-- Did a summer internship with the WSP in the licensing division back when we had to pay big bucks to license.
You no longer have to get out of state cars inspected by the WSP prior to registering in WA. Inspections still apply to vehicles with "salvage" or "rebuilt" titles though.
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:13 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, and to make up for no sales tax in Oregon, we have a high personal income tax, ~9% if you make any sort of decent money And it is a much better proposition to curb spending to avoid taxation than to curb earning
Not to mention you can't pump your own gas, thus charging you more at the pump.

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Old 06-22-2004, 02:36 PM   #11
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Not to mention you can't pump your own gas, thus charging you more at the pump.

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Old 06-22-2004, 02:55 PM   #12
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Yeah I bought my car in Oregon & registered in WA, no inspection required but like $2800 in taxes. =( Glad I don't buy cars very often.
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Old 06-22-2004, 03:14 PM   #13
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Not to mention you can't pump your own gas, thus charging you more at the pump.

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Sorry, but since Washington passed that gas tax increase last year, the cost of gas is about the same or higher than in Oregon.
I was up in the Seattle area a few weeks ago, and the highest price I ever saw was in Redmond, $2.75 per gallon.
I would prefer to pump my own gas though, as I've gotten a couple of loose gas cap CEL's from the attendants not tightening my gas cap properly. Very annoying.

Anyway, back on topic, though the tax on cars is calculated at local sales tax rates, it is not actually a sales tax per se, but a use or excise tax. The disadvantage is that you have to pay it regardless of where you bought the car but based upon where you live and will register the car. The advantage is that you can deduct it from your federal income taxes (schedule A, line 7).
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Old 06-22-2004, 03:33 PM   #14
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Anyway, back on topic, though the tax on cars is calculated at local sales tax rates, it is not actually a sales tax per se, but a use or excise tax. The disadvantage is that you have to pay it regardless of where you bought the car but based upon where you live and will register the car. The advantage is that you can deduct it from your federal income taxes (schedule A, line 7).
Very good to know. Finding a used STi may very well bring me to a seller outside of California. Thanks

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Old 06-22-2004, 10:04 PM   #15
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Not to mention you can't pump your own gas, thus charging you more at the pump.

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I work in Portland and NEVER get gas in Portland. In 13 years, the 2 times I did, the grease monkey 1) Poored gas all over the side of my car and 2) didnt put my gas cap on and it was a gonner.
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