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How much sales tax has to be paid for a Tesla Model S (with 60 kWh, and no options)?

Discussion in 'California' started by Benz, May 5, 2013.

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  1. Benz

    Benz Active Member

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    The price for a Tesla Model S (with a 60 kWh battery pack, and no options) is $71,070.

    But I would like to know how much sales tax a citizen from California has to pay, when he/she purchases a Tesla Model S (with a 60 kWh battery pack, and no options) is $71,070?

    And to will the buyer have to pay this amount for the sales tax to the seller (Tesla Motors) together with the $71,070?
    Or will the buyer have to pay this amount for the sales tax directly to the Authorities of the State of California?
     
  2. mcornwell

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    The base rate for the state is 7.5%, but every county within the state has their own local taxes, so the total rate would be anywhere from 7.5% to 10%.
    http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub71.pdf

    And yes, you would be paying the taxes to Tesla, who would pass the $ onto the State of California.

    Are you thinking of buying one and importing it to the Netherlands?
     
  3. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    If you are contemplating export, you can pick up the car and transport the car via common carrier (ie Transport truck) to a port or container facility. You can avoid paying the taxes to the state of California, if these provisions are adhered to. It can be driven on the road for a "test drive" with a dealer plate (license) and Tesla employee, but Tesla would have to agree. Otherwise, the wheels of the car cannot hit a public road, or taxes are due.
     
  4. Benz

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    No import intention, just trying to find out how things work in California.
    Thanks for your input.

    Cheers
     
  5. Elshout

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    You will also have to pay about 0.65% for license plates and another $97 to Tesla for other fees.
     

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