Alabama Releases Guidance on Sales of Vehicles to Nonresidents

Monday, January 11th, 2016

 
 
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The Alabama Department of Revenue has released guidance explaining recent changes to the law on sales of vehicles to nonresidents.

Effective January 1, 2016, residents of Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and South Carolina must pay a 2% sales tax on purchases of vehicles in Alabama. This "drive-out provision" applies when nonresidents from those states purchase automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, truck trailers, or semitrailers that (1) will be titled or registered outside of Alabama and (2) are removed from Alabama within 72 hours of the purchase for first use outside the state. Motor homes and travel trailers are excluded from this rule. The 2% tax applies unless the state where titling occurs allows an Alabama resident to purchase vehicles for first titling and registering in Alabama without paying tax to the other state.

The amount of tax Alabama can collect cannot exceed the amount of sales tax otherwise due in the state where the vehicle will be titled or registered. For example, a South Carolina resident will not be required to pay more than $300, which is the amount of sales tax due on vehicle purchases in South Carolina. For these sales, sellers must complete an Automotive Vehicle Drive-Out Certificate for Nonresidents (Form DOC-1).

http://revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/whatsnew.cfm


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