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Old 08-16-2022, 10:51 AM   #1
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Help me understand taxes when buying a travel trailer (Specifically in Georgia)

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I'm close to purchasing my first travel trailer, and I'm a bit confused about how the taxes work when purchasing a used travel trailer from a dealer. I'm looking at an Rpod.

Here's what I understand at this point, although please correct me if I have anything wrong here.

-Georgia TAVT does not apply to travel trailers in Georgia

-Some kind of annual tax will apply with the state when applying for tags?

I have an offer made by a dealer here in Georgia for a 2015 Rpod. The price they are quoting is "plus tax." What taxes are dealers allowed to charge on a used travel trailer in Georgia?

Ultimately, if anyone can clarify what taxes I would be responsible for when purchasing a used travel trailer from a dealer in Georgia I would be grateful. Thank you in advance!
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Thanks! I will take a look.
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Non-titled vehicles and trailers are exempt from TAVT – but are subject to annual ad valorem tax.

Annual Ad Valorem tax is a value tax that is assessed annually and must be paid at the time of registration. Payment of ad valorem tax is a prerequisite to receiving a tag or renewal decal.

***Ad valorem taxes are due each year on all vehicles whether they are operational or not, even if the tag or registration renewal is not being applied for. Taxes must be paid by the last day of your registration period (birthday) to avoid a 10% penalty.
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Non-titled vehicles and trailers are exempt from TAVT

Aren't RVs, whether coach or trailer, titled vehicles?
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Aren't RVs, whether coach or trailer, titled vehicles?
Statement separates 'Non-Titled' from Trailers

The word 'AND' makes them different


MHs fall under the TAVT or Ad valorem taxes based on purchase date
Prior to March 2013 or After March 2013

OP asked about Trailer
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Non-titled vehicles and trailers are exempt from TAVT Ė but are subject to annual ad valorem tax.

Annual Ad Valorem tax is a value tax that is assessed annually and must be paid at the time of registration. Payment of ad valorem tax is a prerequisite to receiving a tag or renewal decal.

***Ad valorem taxes are due each year on all vehicles whether they are operational or not, even if the tag or registration renewal is not being applied for. Taxes must be paid by the last day of your registration period (birthday) to avoid a 10% penalty.
Thanks for clarifying. This was what I was expecting. I do wonder what tax the dealer wants to charge. Would it just be typical sales tax?
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***Ad valorem taxes are due each year on all vehicles whether they are operational or not, even if the tag or registration renewal is not being applied for. Taxes must be paid by the last day of your registration period (birthday) to avoid a 10% penalty.
Man, talk about being unfair and flat out sucking! Sure glad Texas doesn't have something like this.

This link may be heklpful.

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Looks like a travel trailer is taxable at the tax rate of the county the trailer is registered in.
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Here in Georgia. You pay a sales tax when you buy the vehicle. My county is 8 percent. Then that is all except for a yearly 'tag fee' for $20 (twenty) dollars. Great improvement over the old ad valorem tax that could be several hundred dollars, depending on the book value.
I was eaten alive on a previous DP that was costing me dearly. The entire state was computerized thru the department of revenue and the state legislature was bombarded with complaints from citizens complaining about they had paid a sales tax when they bought the vehicle and was having to pay all over again each year. This is what bought about the change.
We still have people complaining about the yearly fee who know nothing about the system, when it is in fact, much much better than anything Georgia has ever had before.
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Here in Georgia. You pay a sales tax when you buy the vehicle. My county is 8 percent. Then that is all except for a yearly 'tag fee' for $20 (twenty) dollars. Great improvement over the old ad valorem tax that could be several hundred dollars, depending on the book value.
I was eaten alive on a previous DP that was costing me dearly. The entire state was computerized thru the department of revenue and the state legislature was bombarded with complaints from citizens complaining about they had paid a sales tax when they bought the vehicle and was having to pay all over again each year. This is what bought about the change.
We still have people complaining about the yearly fee who know nothing about the system, when it is in fact, much much better than anything Georgia has ever had before.
Thanks doc. Very helpful.
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Thanks everyone for the info. I bought an Avenger LT last week private party so will just be needing to pay the annual ad valorem tax.
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