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Q: Manufacture bought my car back, but sales tax was not included. Can I get my sales tax back? It was used car

The manufacture bought my car back, but did not include my sales tax in the buyback documents. I tried to get my sales tax back myself, and they denied me said it’s always included in the manufacture buyback, but in this case it wasn’t. Can I still get my taxes back if I appeal this decision? The manufacture bought it back, but it was also a used car. Does that make a difference?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Arkansas, if a manufacturer buys back your used car but does not include the sales tax in the buyback amount, you may have grounds to appeal for the return of those taxes. The fact that the car was used does not inherently affect your ability to seek a sales tax refund in a buyback situation. However, the specifics of the buyback agreement and the manufacturer's policies will play a crucial role. It's important to review the terms of the buyback and any applicable state laws regarding vehicle buybacks and sales tax refunds.

If the manufacturer typically includes sales tax in buyback amounts but failed to do so in your case, presenting this discrepancy might strengthen your appeal. Consider reaching out to a tax attorney or a consumer rights attorney for guidance on how to effectively appeal the decision. They can help you understand your rights and the best approach to potentially recovering your sales tax. Keep all relevant documentation handy for this process, including the buyback documents and any correspondence with the manufacturer.

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