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Motor Vehicle Sales Tax in Texas


 Texas institutes small but important changes to motor vehicle sales tax.

Amendments have been made to the rule regarding motor vehicle sales tax in Texas, effective September 2, 2014.

Prior to that date, motor vehicle sales tax was due 20 county working days from the date of Texas sale or first use in Texas. The amendment provides that motor vehicle sales tax is due 30 calendar days from the date of Texas sale or first use in Texas.

An additional amendment has been made with respect to motor vehicle sales tax and United States and foreign military personnel stationed in Texas. Prior to September 2, qualifying active military were required to pay motor vehicle sales or use tax as the purchaser of a motor vehicle no later than 60 county working days after the receipt of the vehicle.

Effective September 2, 2014, qualifying military personnel must pay motor vehicle sales or use tax no later than 60 calendar days after the date of sale or first use in Texas.

These are subtle distinctions, but important ones. It is unwise to mess with sales tax in Texas (or any state).

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.