Charlotte, NC asked in Tax Law for South Carolina

Q: Can I use my temp tag as a way to not pay property taxes on a new vehicle purchase in SC?

I Live in SC and want to buy a car in Ohio. My current vehicle's tags expire in June. If I buy the new care in May, Can I use the temp tags duration (30 days) and the states grace period (45 days) as a way to avoid paying property taxes on the new vehicle? SC only charges property taxes when the tags are renewed, so if I renew them under the old vehicle then transfer the tags to the new vehicle. Will they use the purchase date to charge me taxes on the new car or will the grace period cover me?

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D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
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  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO

A: They'll make an adjustment when you transfer from the old to the new and charge you the difference.

Good initiative but you're not the first to think of this and every state has setup procedures to stop it.

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