Submitted by arasmussen on October 21, 2013
I'm about to place an order for a Model S P85. I have permanent residency in WA state but I've just started a job in CA and intend on moving here quite soon (Bay Area). If the vehicle is delivered to Seattle (no sales tax in WA on MS), and then I drive it down to CA, is there a legal way to avoid paying sales tax? Once I get it registered in CA, they'll charge me the sales tax, right? Even if I've already registered the vehicle in WA?
Also, if there's no legal way, how easy is it to get caught and what are the ramifications?