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Washington State Sales Tax Exemption and Long Range Model 3...

DSolie

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Jul 2, 2020
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Sales tax is where you take possession of the item. If you buy a gallon of milk in Seattle, the tax rate will be based on Seattle & WA. If you buy a gallon of milk in Los Angeles, the sales tax will be based on Los Angeles & CA
 

63AMG

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Apr 26, 2021
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Sales tax is where you take possession of the item. If you buy a gallon of milk in Seattle, the tax rate will be based on Seattle & WA. If you buy a gallon of milk in Los Angeles, the sales tax will be based on Los Angeles & CA

That's not what I asked though. I know what sales tax is LOL. :D
 

acarney

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Jul 9, 2019
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That's not what I asked though. I know what sales tax is LOL. :D
The only other thing I can think you mean is if you buy a new car in WA, take delivery, pay tax, and then move to CA. Usually if the vehicle is registered in WA (or another state) and THEN you move the other state won't tax it. However, if you try to puchase in WA while you are legally a resident of another state and take the car to that state before you register the car, the new state will collect tax (you also wouldn't qualify for the WA sales tax exemption based on residence)
 
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mociaf9

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The only other thing I can think you mean is if you buy a new car in WA, take delivery, pay tax, and then move to CA. Usually if the vehicle is registered in WA (or another state) and THEN you move the other state won't tax it. However, if you try to puchase in WA while you are legally a resident of another state and take the car to that state before you register the car, the new state will collect tax (you also wouldn't qualify for the WA sales tax exemption based on residence)
It depends on how long ago you bought the car. If you purchased the car less than 12 months before trying to register it in CA, you will have to pay CA tax on it. Though the amount owed is reduced by whatever amount you already paid in sales taxes in whatever state you bought the car in. So, no double taxing but no evading paying the CA tax rate on it either. If the purchase was longer than a year ago this doesn't apply.
 
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