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A1ARealtorRick

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Posted: 09/05/20 10:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

opnspaces wrote:

Don't overthink it. If private party, buy the vehicle and drive it back to AZ and register it and pay any AZ fees. California collects sales tax at the time if registering. Since you're not registering in CA don't worry about it.

Even if you get a speeding ticket driving through California to get home the courts are not going to be asking anything like "Did you pay the California sales tax on this vehicle?"

Again, buy the vehicle, drive home and register it.

As far as buying form a dealer, that's a different story as the dealer has a license to worry about so you're going to be paying the tax.


So you're saying that if I buy a car from a CA dealer, and I live in another state and will register it in that state, I pay CA sales tax as well as tax in my home state??


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Posted: 09/05/20 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A1ARealtorRick wrote:

So you're saying that if I buy a car from a CA dealer, and I live in another state and will register it in that state, I pay CA sales tax as well as tax in my home state??
Yes if you take delivery in CA.
Dealer would have to ship the vehicle out of CA to avoid CA sales tax.
Usually your home state will give credit for out of state sales tax when you register.


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Posted: 09/05/20 09:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

A1ARealtorRick wrote:

So you're saying that if I buy a car from a CA dealer, and I live in another state and will register it in that state, I pay CA sales tax as well as tax in my home state??
Yes if you take delivery in CA.
Dealer would have to ship the vehicle out of CA to avoid CA sales tax.
Usually your home state will give credit for out of state sales tax when you register.


You don't pay sales tax twice, but you may have to pay registration twice if you decide to register the vehicle in your name in CA just to drive it home. As stated before, don't overthink this too much since it's a private party sale. Register the vehicle and pay the sales tax in AZ when you get home.

As someone else stated, if you purchase a new vehicle in CA and don't want to register it in CA or pay the CA sales tax, you must take delivery outside the state. When I purchased my new moho in CA, the dealer hired a driver (the wife and I were passengers) to drive the moho to the AZ stateline, where we were met by notary public arranged by the dealer that notarized documents showing we took possession of the moho outside CA.

In another CA purchase, I bought a new utility trailer in CA but I had to pay the CA sales tax since I took possession of it in CA. When I registered it in AZ I did not have to pay sales tax again since the tax was paid in CA.





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time2roll wrote:

A1ARealtorRick wrote:

So you're saying that if I buy a car from a CA dealer, and I live in another state and will register it in that state, I pay CA sales tax as well as tax in my home state??
Yes if you take delivery in CA.
Dealer would have to ship the vehicle out of CA to avoid CA sales tax.
Usually your home state will give credit for out of state sales tax when you register.


OK, I thought they were a reciprocal state. Thanks for confirming.

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Posted: 09/06/20 06:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The AZ and CA reciprocity is with work wages, not DVM.
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