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Old 01-19-2022, 11:14 AM   #1
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Taxes on a truck camper

First, i have searched a lot and cant find much information.
Dealer is not helpfull at ALL after deposit was given and order placed.
It has been going on 4 months now and only time of contact was to change items on the not started yet build, no contact since and is said to be off the line the 27th of this month. Per manufacturer.
I have a new ( hopefully ) ordered truck camper coming soon.
I have a domicile adds in SD, and am buying the TC in Texas.
Truck camper wont need to be titled or redistered/plated.
Can not per manufacturer pick it up at the plant...

Questions.

1, Texas has a 6.25% sales tax. My paperwork has a sales price of $21,500 on it, under that is $1773.75 in the sales tax part.
Taking the said 6.25% sales tax my calculation comes out to be $1,350.20
Am i missing some local or another tax?
2 other separate $150 fees also added with no explination.
I am paying transportation and a fuel charge.

2, I also recently bought a new enclosed trailer local hear in Texas for stuff that wont fit in TC. When buying it, and just looked at the paperwork again.
I paid no sales tax on the about $5,000 trailer. Just got the paper work, cert of origin, and a temp plate. It was titled and redistered in SD, at that time i paid the SD tax on it, no Texas taxes were taken out, from trailer sales place.

Big question is, is. Do i need to pay the truck camper dealer tax, as it wont be titled or redgistered, it is considered payload in my truck, and a non titled redgistered rv when off the truck. If i dont need to pay tax hear in Texas, where could i find and print that info out to show the dealer to take that amount off the bill of sale?
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Again, i have researched and cant find the answers i need, not just posting and being lazy.
Thanks Scott.
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Old 01-19-2022, 11:25 AM   #2
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Don't know about Texas, but in Nebraska, you will pay sales tax when buying item, unless it is to be titled, registered, plated, then you pay sales tax based on address (rural state only, in town state plus any city tax if applicable). since it is not a registered item, i'm guessing you have to pay the taxed based on where you buy it, just like if you were buying a table, lamp, tv, clothing, etc.
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Old 01-19-2022, 11:31 AM   #3
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Thanks.
I am not against paying what i need to.
It just seems off i didnt pay tax at time of purchase on the enclosed trailer, and the 6.25% tax calculation seems off a bit on the dealers calculation.
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I don't see why you wouldn't have to pay the sales tax. It is a tax on a sale just as a tax on a new shirt would be. You'd have to pay tax on the shirt whether you ever wore it or didn't.
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Pick it up and get a transport permit (dealer can do this] or have it delivered out of state. then head to SD for licensing, or you may be able to do it via phone, Email and the online state/county permit web site.
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Pick it up and get a transport permit (dealer can do this] or have it delivered out of state. then head to SD for licensing, or you may be able to do it via phone, Email and the online state/county permit web site.
License what? I have owned three truck campers over the years. The trucks were licensed and the campers were carried in the bed. No other license needed except the one on the truck.
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You really should contact SD and address the issue with them. Counties in Texas have a tax that applies to certain vets that eventually get registered out of state. When I did my Foretravel at MOT in Nacogdouches the county charged a fee but I paid SD the taxes required. You need to see if SD will charge a tax on the camper or not which may make a difference in Texas. Worth a phone call to Tax office in SD. Travato John.
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South Dakota, the state, wont even know i have a truck camper, no title or redistration.
I was asking a couple quistions.

1, why was i able to buy a enclosed utilitie trailer and paid no Texas taxes.

2, what am i missing with being seems like more than 6.25% tax from the truck camper dealer.
Before calling the dealer, and asking about the tax price offness, i want to arm myself, and if, there is a hidden tax and they are correct on the calculation, then i dont want to call them on it.
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South Dakota, the state, wont even know i have a truck camper, no title or redistration.
I was asking a couple quistions.

1, why was i able to buy a enclosed utilitie trailer and paid no Texas taxes.

2, what am i missing with being seems like more than 6.25% tax from the truck camper dealer.
Before calling the dealer, and asking about the tax price offness, i want to arm myself, and if, there is a hidden tax and they are correct on the calculation, then i dont want to call them on it.
The trailer has a title or a certificate of origin and is something that would get registered. Did you register that trailer in a texas or SD? That’s where you’d pay the sales tax for the trailer. The truck camper is just treated like anything else (sofa,refrigerator etc) so you’d pay sales tax in the state you purchased the camper from. As for the higher tax amount not sure what’s going on there. Seems like you’re being taxed on 28,000 instead of 21,500
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Just a guess. On the difference in sales tax the dealer is collecting, does the county or city have a local sales tax?
I would say you owe the sales tax in Texas. Just like any other mercandise you buy in Texas. If it was a titled vehicle you would pay sales tax in yhe state you license the vehicle in. Since it is not licensed its like any other merchandise.
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Cargo trailer needs to be registered and licensed, so you will pay sales/excise tax on that from your “home registered state” (SD)

Truck camper is not registered, so no home registered state sales tax, right?

TC sales tax is different on paper than your calculation.

Are you getting an extended warranty? Or other dealer add ons that are excluded from the TC original price? Those would be taxed too.

My opinion is call the finance department of the dealer and ask why the sales tax seems high. They’ll be able to explain to you the whole breakdown of it.

And, are you getting rebates or a trade in price reduction? I think some states tax off the full price of the vehicle even if your actual paid price is less.
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The trailer has a title or a certificate of origin and is something that would get registered. Did you register that trailer in a texas or SD? That’s where you’d pay the sales tax for the trailer. The truck camper is just treated like anything else (sofa,refrigerator etc) so you’d pay sales tax in the state you purchased the camper from. As for the higher tax amount not sure what’s going on there. Seems like you’re being taxed on 28,000 instead of 21,500
Thanks.
The trailer was redistered in SD, cheaper taxes in my domicile state.
I can say, that i will never have a camper built again. A custom truck build, but not a camper.
It has nothing to do with the manufacturer, they are good and are doing the best they can in this strange time.

It is quit a waiting game.
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Thanks.
The trailer was redistered in SD, cheaper taxes in my domicile state.
I can say, that i will never have a camper built again. A custom truck build, but not a camper.
It has nothing to do with the manufacturer, they are good and are doing the best they can in this strange time.

It is quit a waiting game.
Regarding the taxes, the Texas Sales tax rate is the State tax (6.25%), County Tax (often ~2.0%), and a City tax (if applicable and usually between .5 to 2%). It appears that you are not paying City taxes but the State and County at the 8.25% rate, which is common in most areas of Texas that do not have a City Sales Tax. ~CA
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Cargo trailer needs to be registered and licensed, so you will pay sales/excise tax on that from your “home registered state” (SD)

Truck camper is not registered, so no home registered state sales tax, right?

TC sales tax is different on paper than your calculation.

Are you getting an extended warranty? Or other dealer add ons that are excluded from the TC original price? Those would be taxed too.

My opinion is call the finance department of the dealer and ask why the sales tax seems high. They’ll be able to explain to you the whole breakdown of it.

And, are you getting rebates or a trade in price reduction? I think some states tax off the full price of the vehicle even if your actual paid price is less.
I am not financing and no trade in.
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