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If you are looking to purchase a vehicle in Massachusetts, then you will want to know about the sales tax that you may have to pay.
Here, we will take a look at the current information on Massachusetts sales tax on vehicle sales.
The sales tax for vehicle sales in Massachusetts is 6.25%. There are no additional local or county tax rates in Massachusetts.
To calculate the sales tax on your vehicle, find the total sales tax fee for the city and/or county. In Massachusetts, this will always be 6.25%. Multiply the vehicle price (after trade-ins and/or incentives) by the sales tax fee.
For example, imagine you are purchasing a vehicle for $30,000 with the state sales tax of 6.25%. You trade-in a vehicle for $10,000 and get an incentive for $2,000. Massachusetts does not charge tax on trade-ins and rebates, so you would subtract $12,000 from the car cost, to get $18,000, which is the taxable amount.
In this example, multiply $18,000 by .0625 to get $1,125, which makes the total purchase price, $19,125.
Caculate Car Sales Tax in Massachusetts Example
- Initial Car Price: $30,000
- Sales Tax Rate: 6.25%
- Trade-In Amount: $10,000
- Rebate/Incentive Amount: $2,000
Sales Tax = ($30,000 - $10,000 - $2,000) * .0625
Sales Tax = $1,125
Remember that the total amount you pay for a car (out the door price) not only includes sales tax, but also registration, and dealership fees.
Yes, all used car sales are subject to a 6.25% sales tax.
There is no additional sales tax at a local level in Massachusetts. Therefore, you will pay a flat 6.25% in each county.
You do not have to pay a sale tax on the trade-in on your vehicle in the state of Massachusetts.
In other words, when calculating sales tax, be sure to subtract the trade-in amount from the car price.
Let’s say that you're purchasing a new car for $45,000 and your trade-in is valued at $15,000. This would put your new vehicle purchase price at $30,000, which is the taxable amount.
Private car sales are taxed at the same 6.25% rate.
As an example, if you were to purchase a car from a private owner for $25,000, then you would pay 6.25% of the purchase price or $1,562.50. That would bring the total purchase price up to $26,562.50.
The state of Massachusetts does not tax rebates and dealer incentives. In other words, be sure to subtract the incentive amount from the car price before calculating the sales tax amount.
As an example, let’s say you want to purchase a new truck for $32,000 and the dealer provides a $4,000 rebate. You do not have to pay a sales tax on the $4,000 rebate. Therefore, the taxable amount is $38,000.
The following drivers are exempt from paying a registration fee:
The average dealership fee in Massachusetts is about $340, and there is no statewide limit. However, additional fees such as advertising and transport fees can be negotiated.
If a vehicle is transferred to and from a business entity, then there is no sales tax. Vehicles that are transferred by a contest, drawing, or raffle are exempt.
Also, if the vehicle is given as a gift, then the sales tax can be waived.
If you are disabled and have suffered a loss in both legs, both arms, or 1 leg and 1 arm, then you do not have to pay the sales tax.
Under the MOR-EV statewide program, EV purchasers are eligible for a $2,500 rebate on vehicles that cost less than $50,000. Those who purchase a hybrid vehicle can receive a rebate of up to $1,500.
The federal EV tax credit is still available for cars purchased in Massachusetts.
Tax information and rates are subject to change, please be sure to verify with your local DMV.
The sales tax on a vehicle purchase in Massachusetts is 6.25%. There is no additional local or county tax.
A sales tax rate of 6.25% applies for all used vehicle sales.
There is no tax at the local level. Therefore, the sales tax rate is 6.25% statewide.
There is no sales tax for a vehicle that is transferred to another person as a gift.
The registration fee for a vehicle in Massachusetts is $60.00 per year.
Yes, you do not have to pay a sale tax on the trade-in on your vehicle in the state of Massachusetts. In other words, when calculating sales tax, be sure to subtract the trade-in amount from the car price.
You can avoid paying sales tax on a vehicle if you receive it as a gift or if it is transferred to an organization that you control.
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