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Old 02-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #1
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Question about Arizona registration tax...

From the Arizona DMV website:

The VLT is based on an assessed value of 60% of the manufacturer's base retail price reduced by 16.25% for each year since the vehicle was first registered in Arizona (15% before 8/1/98). Then, as of the Dec 1, 2000 reduction, the rate is calculated as $2.80 (new vehicles)/$2.89 (used vehicles) for each $100 of the assessed value.

Pretty clear, but have one question about the 'for each year since the vehicle was first registered in Arizona' part... taken literally this might mean that (for a new resident application when the vehicle has never before been registered in AZ) a 5th-wheel trailer that originally sold for $50,000 new but purchased used for $10,000 would be taxed at $50,000? (since the new application would be the first year registered in Arizona.)

Surely that can't be right and what they mean is to tax the unit on its current retail value and not what it happened to cost many years and many miles ago? Or are they really taxing on the original new MSRP no matter how old the vehicle is or what it's real current value might be? Texas does something similar but the valuation is based on the Blue Book value, not the original MSRP.

Thanks for any clarification...
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