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Buying UMC in WA should be exempt from Sales Tax? How-to?

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by EchoDelta, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. EchoDelta

    EchoDelta Member

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    Hi - A question to the experienced ones here..
    I was wondering whether the purchase in WA of a UMC should be exempted for sales taxes.

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    and the matching form seems to be
    http://dor.wa.gov/Docs/Forms/ExcsTx/ExmptFrm/BuyersRetailTxExmptCert_E.pdf


    Here is the invoice detail.
    1x NEMA 5-20 for $ 45.00 each
    1x NEMA 10-30 for $ 45.00 each
    1x Mobile Connector Bundle for $ 650.00 each

    All items : $ 740.00 USD
    Tax : $ 72.67 USD
    Shipping : $ 25.00 USD
    Total : $ 837.67 USD

    Is there anything I should do to try to get those $72 back or did I miss an earlier step in the process already?
     
  2. breser

    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    Just for clarity for the purposes of the sales tax the RCW that applies is here:
    RCW 82.08.816: Exemptions — Electric vehicle batteries and infrastructure. (Expires January 1, 2020.)


    With the following relevant bits:

    While initially I'd have expected that the UMC and Chademo adapter wouldn't have qualified they do appear to since "electric vehicle infrastructure" is so broadly defined.

    However, based on the way the law is written Tesla can't just give you this exemption automatically, you have to provide them with the exemption certificate. Though it'd be nice if Tesla would prompt people for that.
     
  3. Nevek

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    Has anyone got an indication on getting the current WA Sales Tax exemption to apply to the Dual Charger upgrade as an accessory order? If the UMC and CHAdeMO qualify, the Dual Charger may as well.
     
  4. breser

    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    Previously I assumed it wouldn't because I didn't bother to really think about the definition of "electric vehicle infrastructure". I'd just assumed that "electrical vehicle infrastructure" was defined to be things you installed at a specific location. But the actual definition is so broad.

    Obviously this is rather open for interpretation by the state. But I doubt they'll look too hard at someone making a sales tax exemption request for electric vehicle infrastructure for something sold by Tesla. So I think taking it would be rather safe.
     
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    Thank you for reminding me about this. I paid $43 extra for sales tax and didn't even remember the stuff was sales tax exeopt. (On the chademo adapter)
     
  7. EchoDelta

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    Great, thanks!

    So far I've claimed the tax on:
    - Electric installation of NEMA 14-50
    - Buying a UMC from TeslaMotors.com
    - JESLA conversion

    Some offer it automatically others take prompting.
     
  8. internauts

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    You can obtain the EV sales tax exemption "Certificate" directly from the WA Dept of Revenue website. See http://dor.wa.gov/docs/forms/excstx/exmptfrm/buyersretailtxexmptcert_e.pdf. Then you provide that to the sales and you will not have to pay the sales tax. Easier and better than getting the tax back later. There is no question that the dual charger and UMC are intended to be exempt.
     
  9. EchoDelta

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    Thanks internauts, some sites like Tesla's online store don't give the option not to pay tax up front but it's zero hassle to get it refunded later. Probably not worth it for them to customize the checkout process for every odd state rebate strategy.
     
  10. DouglasR

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    If you buy the twin charger as an upgrade when you order the car, there is no sales tax (or at least there wasn't, so long as the exemption lasts). However, if you buy the upgrade after the car has been delivered, you get no exemption. I tried, was denied, and then requested a formal letter ruling, which held that the upgrade does not meet the definition of infrastructure. However, I expect no problem on getting the exemption on the adapter. I got an exemption on the Roadster adapter. Thanks for reminding me to apply.
     
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    Ok, so I'm buying the chademo adapter, I assume I just need to check box 2b, and sign the form, return it to Tesla with the purchase?
     
  12. Nevek

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    I forwarded the scanned form to Tesla as a reply to the original emailed invoice and they processed a refund for the tax. I don't think there is a way to attach or append the form to the original order.
     
  13. EchoDelta

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    That is how it worked for me. They were super clear and diligent in replying to emails.
     

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